Beginner Backcountry Courses
All ages 12 and up
Are you tired of skied out groomed trails? Venture beyond the lift lines and crowded resorts, and ski your own mountain! This private backcountry ski course is a great way to jump start your love for the solitude and pristine ski lines found in the Colorado backcountry.
Breathe cool Colorado mountain air and enjoy the views as we guide you into the alpine, at a pace that is enjoyable for you. Alpine forests and open slopes lay waiting for your first tracks through untouched backcountry powder.
Beginner backcountry ski courses are available to skiers of all ability levels, including first time skiers. We have slopes for everyone; ranging from low angle beginner to intermediate as appropriate. During the course we will cover some or all of the following topics.
- Introduction to equipment and its use.
- Skinning (or ascension) technique.
- Efficient travel techniques.
- Backcountry skiing and snowboarding instruction.
Choose a private day tour, select one of our group beginner backcountry ski courses, or try an overnight tour to one of the remote Vail, Colorado area backcountry huts. No matter the trip, our focus is on creating an unforgettable day, developing your technique, and taking your skills to the next level.
Apex has Vail, Colorado backcountry skiing itineraries available to clients of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. We welcome individuals, groups, families and friends.
Booking / More Info
All ages 12 and up
BEGINNER BACKCOUNTRY SKIING COLORADO – QUICK INFO
Enjoy the best powder with a Beginner Backcountry Ski course.
All ages 12 and up
Max client to guide ratio 5:1
- 178 (5+)
- 198 (4)
- 224 (3)
- 250 (2)
Vail, CO (Meadow Mountain, Spraddle Creek)
Leadville, CO (Chalk Creek)
San Juan Range
Easy – Difficult
WHAT TO BRING
Each person in your party will need.
- An AT (Alpine Touring), Telemark, or Splitboarding package.
- Beacon/Probe/Shovel (rental available) No Plastic Shovels Please
- 1-2 water bottles or thermos
- Lunch, and high energy snacks such as nut bars, cookies, chocolate
- Headwear – Visor or Cap, Hat or Helmet, Goggles, Sunglasses
- Balaclava or neck gaiter
- One pair of gloves, one pair of mittens for cold days
- Synthetic or wool base layer
- Mid Weight base layer fleece or sweater
- Puffy Jacket
- Shell Jacket
- Synthetic or wool long johns
- Ski pants with zippered vents OR mid weight fleece layer and shell pants
- Synthetic or wool socks optimum weight for your boot fit
- Pack (26-30 Liters) that can accommodate, shovel, probe, skins, 1-2 water bottles or thermos, lunch, snacks, extra clothing when climbing, goggles…
- Hand warmers
- Hot liquid
- Liner socks
- Adjustable Poles
- Small day pack
- Extra gloves
- Lip balm
- Water bottle insulator
During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)
ALPINE TOURING SKIS
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.
Splitboards are snowboards that are cut in half down the middle. They can be used as ascension skis during uphill travel, accompanied by skins, and rejoined as a single unit for descent. Splitboards offer the resort rider an efficient transition to backcountry riding.
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. Flexible plastic boots and a fixed toe binding make walking more natural than AT skis.