Vail Backcountry Skiing

Enjoy a privately guided ski trip in the Colorado backcountry with Apex.

Dates

  • Available daily

Duration

6-7 hours

Locations

  • Vail, CO (Meadow Mountain, Sprattle Creek)
  • Leadville, CO (Chalk Creek)

Cost

  • Per person, per day, per guide. Max ratio 1:5.
  • $166 (5p)
  • $172 (4)
  • $194 (3)
  • $235 (2)
  • $470 (1)
  • Call 970-949-9111 for Group Pricing & Availability

Difficulty

All Abilities

Experience Level

Beginner to Advanced

Vail, Colorado is a top international skiing destination with world-renowned skiing, both within and out-of-bounds. Our backcountry skiing and snowboarding allows for an unparalleled experience of the Rocky Mountains, where pristine bowls and fresh lines await. Ascend through alpine meadows, enjoy breathtaking scenery and glide down untracked lines in the peaceful quiet of Colorado’s backcountry.

Apex’s backcountry ski guides will share hidden stashes, as well as backcountry travel and snow analysis tips to help build your backcountry travel skills. Step into your bindings and experience open bowls, gladed slopes, and big smiles while backcountry skiing with Apex Mountain School.

Backcountry Touring Options:

Alpine Touring Skis allow backcountry skiers to ascend uphill with heels free, in walking mode with skins, and shorter boots make for ease of backcountry travel. Transitioning into downhill mode is as simple as removing your ascension skins and locking your heels down. The downhill ski technique is very similar to traditional downhill skiing at a ski area. This set-up, known commonly as AT skiing, offers an excellent opportunity for resort skiers to experience the backcountry.

Telemark Skis operate with a “free heel” system (no heel attachments exist for uphill or downhill travel) that allows you to ascend in walking mode with skins, as well as to descend in telemark mode, with the uphill knee bent slightly during turns. This option is available to skiers with telemark experience, and to skiers that wish to transition into telemarking. Flexible plastic boots and a fixed toe binding make walking more natural than AT skis.

Split boards are snowboards that are halved down the middle. They can be used as ascension skis during uphill travel, accompanied by skins, and rejoined as a single unit for descent. Split boards offer the resort rider an efficient transition to backcountry riding.

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Families, groups and singles are welcome. No experience is necessary, and we welcome all age, ability, and fitness levels. Whether by day tour, overnight hut trip or otherwise, we’ll customize to suit your wishes. Terrain includes beginner ski touring and split boarding for first-timers, intermediate terrain for the more aspiring backcountry skiers and riders, and extreme clinics for seasoned skiers and riders.

Choose #1 recommended Apex for the unforgettable backcountry experience. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list tab above.

Ready to sign up? Register at the Book It tab above.  You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to bring:

  • Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food
  • Extra wool or synthetic socks

You may use the following means of backcountry travel:

  • Alpine Touring Skis, boots poles, and skins
  • Telemark Skis, boots poles, and skins
  • Split board, boots, poles, and skins

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Liner socks
  • Adjustable Poles
  • Small day pack
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera

Participant Forms:

If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.

participant Forms

Click the button below to view our terms, conditions and cancellation policy.

Policies