Colorado Backcountry Touring 101

Location

Empire, Colorado

Group Size

Max 12 people

Duration

8.5 hours

Difficulty

Intermediate, Hard, Extreme

Join our guides for a bottom-up intro into backcountry skiing and splitboarding.  We will start with the basics to provide a solid foundation and introduction to earning your turns and getting out into the backcountry.  

This will include: 

-reading the weather and avalanche forecasts, 

-equipment to have in your pack and how to pack for the backcountry, 

-using your beacon, shovel, and probe,

-how to use skins and other equipment, 

-basics of route finding, terrain management, and decision making in avalanche terrain.

Your guide will be involved with every step of the process as he will need to build the experience around you. Once the trip is booked, one of our guides will be in contact with you and your group to determine the ambitions, goals, and experience you will be looking to have. The guide will have first aid, radio, and additional safety equipment on the tour. Prior to leaving, he will examine the contents you plan to bring to make sure you are not bringing excessive gear or food and examining equipment for possible damage or issues.  You will be touring in a high altitude arid environment, so it is essential to stay hydrated, which means drinking plenty of water prior to your trip and plenty of water during your tour is essential for the enjoyment of your experience.