2-Day Ski / Splitboard Mountaineering Course

Want to take the tour a little higher?  Ski mountaineering utilizes all the skills and techniques skiers and climbers learn in backcountry snow and alpine rock courses. Ski mountaineering is the ultimate climbing and skiing hybrid that facilitates access to more difficult snow covered peaks, high basins, rugged ridge lines and steeper couloirs.  This course will introduce basic concepts, techniques and skills for those who are new to this discipline.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Continued avalanche education
  • Tour/time planning 
  • Ski crampon use
  • Boot cramponing
  • Intro to snow/ski anchors
  • Pace and track setting

Trip requirements:  Skiers and splitboarders taking this course must be proficient riders in the backcountry and have previous touring skills and avalanche education.  This is an intermediate level course and some previous mountaineering/climbing experience is helpful.  We will average 8 hours a day in the field so all participants should be in great physical condition.


  • Quandary Peak, near Breckenridge, CO
  • Monarch Pass, near Salida, CO
  • Hoosier Pass, near Breckenridge, CO
  • Pikes Peak, near Colorado Springs, CO


  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide or IFMGA Mountain Guide will lead this course
  • Group gear and technical gear not on the gear list
  • Ortovox demo gear available upon request


  • Lodging between field days
  • Transportation and Pikes Peak Highway tolls ($10-15 per day) (if we climb/ride on Pikes Peak)

Sample Course Itinerary:

Day 1:  Meet at a coffee shop near the field location to review all gear required for the course. Discuss risk management and ski mountaineering resources. Transfer to field location and work on cramponing and ski cramponing and more.  Overnight in town.

Day 2:  Meet at 7am for ski mountaineering objectives on Pikes Peak or the Mosquito Range near Hoosier Pass.  While climbing and riding our objectives we will build our basic skillset and fine tune techniques like our steep terrain transitions and terrain assessment.

Want more… See our 3-Day Ski/Split Mountaineering Course.

Guides will tailor this itinerary to best match the skills and interests of the group and in accordance with mountain weather and route conditions.

Public Course Pricing


  • 2-day public course
  • Price is per person
  • 4:1 max. ratio
  • 2:1 min. ratio to run course

*Pikes Peak Highway tollgate fee of $15/person/day not included when we use the highway.

Call 719-368-9524 or contact us to book this course for one or more persons.

As always, this course can be scheduled any day of the week as Private Course.

Public Course Dates 2024

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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