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San Juan Haute Route

The San Juan mountains are a young range with a majestic beauty. The steep peaks, rugged valleys and endless amounts of high alpine terrain offer an incredible venue for a high mountain ski tour. With a number of new, modern and fully catered huts recently developed (5 total), it was inevitable that the San Juan Haute Route needed to be born! Haute Route (pronounced “oat root”) is french for “High Route” and depicts the many tours often done in the Alps like the famous Chamonix to Zermatt tour where packing light is supported by mountain huts, comfortable beds, and gourmet dinners. The San Juan Haute Route offers the same experience, but with far less people and right here in Colorado! Linking the quaint mountain towns of Ouray, Telluride and Silverton on skis should be high on the list for any accomplished ski mountaineer or skier. We put this tour at the top of the list!

With safety as a top priority, specific objectives and ski runs are subject to current conditions, groups abilities and final decisions will always be at the discretion of your IFMGA or AMGA certified guide.

March 1-4, 2019 (full)
March 3-6, 2019 (1 space $400 OFF)
March 14-17, 2019(1 space $400 OFF)
March 19-22, 2019 (Full)
March 20-22, 2019 (Full)
March 30-April 4, 2019 (Full)

$1,850/person – minimum 4



This 4-day San Juan Haute Route is for advanced to expert skiers with previous ski touring experience. The tour begins at the base of Silverton Mountain with overnights on Red Mountain Pass, in Telluride, and at the OPUS hut. This high alpine traverse is best done in March – mid-May when snow stability is favorable. Each day we pursue the best snow and awe-inspiring lines that match the groups ability. The breathtaking summits and views will leave lasting memories…


Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party. If your group is larger than 4, we apply a group discount and additional guides are added to keep the guest to guide ratio at 4:1 or lower.

Time and Place

This trip meets at our office at 280 7th Ave in Ouray at 7:30am on the first day.

Getting to Ouray

Details on lodging/shuttles. We provide transportation from our office to the trailhead and back to Ouray at the end of the traverse.

Price Includes

4 days guiding by an IFMGA or AMGA Certified Ski Guide, 3 nights of lodging, transportation to Silverton, luggage transfer from Ouray, pre-trip meeting and all guide expenses.

Not Included: Transportation to Ouray, guide tips, pre and post trip lodging, lunches, ski passes at Telluride, dinner in Telluride, and snacks.

Equipment List

We will provide the beacon, shovel, probe. In case you need a touring set up see: Rental Gear


Example Itinerary:

Day 1. Meet at the Peak office at 7:30am. After meeting your guide(s), you’ll get geared up and drive to the base of Silverton Mountain Resort. We’ll travel west, away from the ski area in search of untouched ski lines before reaching the crest of the major mountain ridge between Anvil mountain and the Red Mountain Group. From here we enjoy the outstanding views, before we pick one of the many ski descents to either the Red Mountain Alpine Lodge or the Thelma Hut.

Day 2. After breakfast, we’ll move over to the west side of Red Mountain Pass, tour up to one of the many 13,000′ summits along the route, where once again we enjoy the stunning 360 degree views, before descending nearly 5,000′ into the town of Telluride where we’ll stay the night.

Day 3. Today we utilize the Telluride lifts to access one of the backcountry gates into upper Bear Creek. Once outside the ski area, we traverse three beautiful, remote, high mountain basins before making our final descent to the OPUS Hut. If avalanche danger is too high or Telluride access gates are closed we will opt to taxi around to Ophir and approach the OPUS hut from there. It is also possible to do a Helibump to access summit near the OPUS Hut instead of taking the lifts (additional fees apply).

Day 4. On the final day, we’ll tour around the impressive terrain surrounding the OPUS hut and finish by skiing down to Red Mountain Pass.