Ski Mountaineering Course

Peak’s 3-day Ski Mountaineering Course offers students a comprehensive curriculum of skills necessary to engage technical/roped terrain on skis and snowboard. The blend of mountaineering and backcountry skiing gifts some of the most incredible days in the mountains. The course can either be camping based in Yankee Boy Basin or in the Last Dollar or the OPUS Hut creating an immersive ski mountaineering experience that will prepare participants for ski mountaineering trips around the world.

$860 per person

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Day 1:
We will meet at the Peak Mountain Guides office at 8:00 am to have introductions, learn about each participant’s goals for the course, and check everyone’s equipment. You will be introduced to a “fast & light” approach and review maps of the area and create a route plan for our approach into camp. From there, we will carpool to the trailhead and ski into either the Last Dollar, OPUS Hut, or Yankee Boy Basin.

Day 2:
We will make an ascent and ski descent of a nearby peak, learning fundamental ski mountaineering skills along the way. You will learn strategies for efficient tracksetting, on-the-go snowpack observations, and you will get hands-on practice with ski mountaineering tools such as ski crampons, ice axe, and/or boot crampons. You will learn how to properly use each of these tools for improved safety and efficiency in firm, icy, and/or steep terrain. We will also ski a steep line that may require belayed skiing or use of the rope for protection.

Day 3:
The final day of the course we will make a ascent and ski descent of a sizable technical Peak near the hut (larger than the second day). You will get to employ techniques for steep snow climbing with crampons and ice axe, roped climbing, and possibly ski belays or a rappel.

Program Dates

May 13-15, 2022
May 20-22, 2022
June 3-5, 2022 

Skills Covered

  • Tour Planning and terrain selection
  • Map, compass, GPS navigation
  • Setting an up tract effiency for observations
  • Use of ski crampons, piolet, and boot crampons
  • Constructing ski anchors
  • Belayed skiing techniques
  • Lowering/rappelling for access to steep terrain
  • Steep skiing and riding techniques
  • Advanced snowpack stability assessment
  • Lightweight alpine camping systems
  • Crevasse rescue


Group Size

This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 3.

Time and Place

This trip meets at our main office in Ridgway at 160 Liddell St. You’ll have access to a basic ski tuning bench and we’ll outfit everyone with any technical or camping equipment you need to borrow from Peak.

Equipment List

Please come prepared with the necessary clothing and equipment and let us know if you have any questions.

Rental Gear

Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) are included. We rent modern lightweight touring boots and skis.

Contact Us

The Peak Guide House
311 Main Street | Ouray CO 81427

Peak Mountain Guides, LLC
160 Liddell St. #C3 | Ridgway CO 81432
PO Box 2051 | Ridgway CO 81432

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.