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.


  • 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.


8:00am - 5:00pm


2 Days

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517


Colorado Mountain School offers a 16 bunk lodge that is conveniently located upstairs from our office and classroom in downtown Estes Park.  The lodge features a full kitchen, WiFi, a lounge and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).


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.

Topics 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


  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Avalanche Equipment if needed
    • Beacon
    • Shovel
    • Probe


  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • A/T or Splitboard Equipment (Recommend Neptune Mountaineering)
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School
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