3-Day Ski / Splitboard Mountaineering Course
Want to take the tour even a little higher, WITH ROPES? Ski mountaineering utilizes all the skills and techniques climbers learn in backcountry snow and alpine rock courses. It is the ultimate climbing and skiing hybrid that facilitates access to more difficult snow covered peaks, high basins, rugged ridge lines, and steeper couloirs. The first two days of the course will be dedicated to skills and systems development as well as making turns. Day three will be devoted to putting all of your ski mountaineering skills together on a bigger objective.
Skills taught but not limited to:
- Continued avalanche education
- Tour/time planning
- Ski crampon use
- Boot cramponing
- Snow/ski anchors
- Rope handling skills
- Transitions in steep terrain
- Pace and track setting
- Winter/Spring snow camping overview
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 in an alpine setting on Pikes Peak or the Mosquito Range near Hoosier Pass. Skills covered include climbing through 4th class rock, roped systems, terrain belay, rappelling, ski/snow anchors, and much more. Overnight in town.
Day 3: Meet at 7am for ski mountaineering objectives on Pikes Peak or the Mosquito Range near Hoosier Pass. While climbing and riding our objectives we’ll build upon skills set and fine tune things like our steep terrain transitions and terrain assessment.
Want more… You can book additional days for additional coaching on objectives.
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
- 3-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.
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