Splitboard & Ski Mountaineering
Intro to Ski & Splitboard Mountaineering is a two day course, after which students will be familiar with the advanced skills involved in choosing and carrying-out summit ski descents. We will practice skills to manage risk and travel efficiently in more complex backcountry terrain. The specific objective of the ski mountaineering course is to climb a mountain on skis or carrying them, and descend using techniques appropriate to the terrain. We recommend taking the Intro to Backcountry Skiing and the Intro to Mountaineering course before taking this course. We also highly recommend taking an AIARE level 1 course with us.
Skills covered include:
- Personal gear selection for ski mountaineering
- Tour planning and group profile
- Uphill tracksetting and turning techniques
- Off-piste downhill skiing techniques
- Climbing with crampons and ice axe
- Snow, rock, and ski anchoring techniques
- Avalanche hazard awareness and avoidance techniques for the ski mountaineer
- Advanced to expert resort skiing skills.
- Ability to ski in control in various snow conditions while wearing a pack.
- Previous backcountry skiing experience, including skinning on various terrain features.
- Familiarity with the use of a mountain axe and boot crampons.
- Familiarity with basic climbing knots, rope work, and rappelling techniques.
- AIARE 1 or equivalent strongly recommended.
Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be booked separately for $40/night for CMS students. Please call our office for reservations.
All of our courses can be run as private outings. If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our private guiding options.