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RMNP Classic Ski Tour

  • Price: $269.00
  • Duration: 8 hours
(3 customer reviews)

Our guides will lead you through backcountry alpine glades, open bowls and steep couloirs in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Overview:

Rocky Mountain National Park offers up terrain for all skiers and splitboarders, including mellow glades, open bowls, steep couloirs and lofty summits. Each week, your guide will select a tour that’s appropriate for the group’s skill and current conditions. During the RMNP Ski Tour you will experience a full day of beautiful scenery, great company, and classic ski touring. We recommend taking the Intro to Backcountry Skiing course before attending this course, or have previous touring experience.

Fresh off your AIARE course? This is the perfect way to get out with other riders local to the area and see some new terrain. Popular tours include Flattop Glades and Banana Bowl, Tyndall Gorge and Dragontail, Hidden Valley, and Chaos Canyon.

If you’re motivated to avoid Sunday I-70 ski traffic, get some exercise with a great group of folks, and ski some fresh snow, this tour is for you.

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Lodging:

If you require lodging at our Estes Park Adventure Hostel, please make your reservations online in advance. Beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our hostel features 16 beds in 3 rooms, bathrooms, showers, a full kitchen with appliances, dishes and utensils, wi-fi, ping-pong table, and a lounge area. Please be considerate of others lodgers during your stay.

Notes:

All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If you’re interested in a course, but it doesn’t fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.

All Upcoming Dates and Locations:

  • December 13, 2021 - December 13, 2021 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • December 20, 2021 - December 20, 2021 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • December 27, 2021 - December 27, 2021 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 3, 2022 - January 3, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 10, 2022 - January 10, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 17, 2022 - January 17, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 24, 2022 - January 24, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 31, 2022 - January 31, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 7, 2022 - February 7, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 14, 2022 - February 14, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 21, 2022 - February 21, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 28, 2022 - February 28, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • March 7, 2022 - March 7, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • March 14, 2022 - March 14, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • March 21, 2022 - March 21, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • March 28, 2022 - March 28, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • April 4, 2022 - April 4, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • April 11, 2022 - April 11, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado
  • April 18, 2022 - April 18, 2022 - RMNP Classic Ski Tour - Estes Park, Colorado

Prerequisites:

This outing is geared towards those with some backcountry touring experience. You should be familiar with all aspects of your touring equipment and able to ski/ride comfortably in a variety of terrain and conditions.

Time:

8:00am - 4:00pm

Duration:

8 hours

Maximum Ratio:

6:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18
Experience Level

Intermediate

Activity Level

Moderate

Discipline

Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Duration

One-Day

Includes:

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

Excludes:

  • 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
Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Avalanche Beacon

Modern, digital, three-antennae beacon with fresh batteries.

1

BCA Tracker 2 or 3

 

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Avalanche Rescue Shovel

Ski specific shovel used to dig pits and avalanche rescue. A metal blade is mandatory.

1

BCA B1 Ext

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Backpack: 20-40 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing. Large backpacking packs are acceptable, depending on the climb.

1

CAMP M3 30L

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Lightweight or mid-weight are recommended.

1

Men: Rab Forge Leggings
Women: Rab Forge Leggings

Rab

Clothing
Beanie or Fleece Hat

Should cover the ears and fit under a helmet. Hats with fluff balls on top do not fit under helmets.

1

Rab Logo Beanie

Rab

Clothing
Climbing Skins

Nylon or mohair. Trimmed and adjusted to fit your skis or splitboard ahead of time.

1

Dynafit Speedskin

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Compass

Used for navigation and orientation. A compass with adjustable declination is preferrable.

1

Silva Ranger CLQ

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Face Mask (PPE)

Should be made with at least two layers of fabric. Your mask needs to cover your nose and mouth without large gaps. The mask should have ear loops or ties so you can adjust it. Look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of your nose and prevent your glasses from fogging.

2 Clothing
First Aid Kit

Your guide will have an emergency First Aid Kit. You should bring a small kit including blister prevention and care products such as a role of athletic tape and Moleskin. Your kit should also contain a few Band-aids, some Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Food

Proper lunches that are prepared ahead of time are recommended (sandwich, burrito, leftover pizza, etc), along with an assortment of snack bars, gels, or trail mixes. Feeze-dried meals are acceptable on overnight trips, but not day trips.

1

Made in Nature, Thrive Tribe

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Goggles

Protect your eyes and face from wind and sun burn.

1

Julbo Airflux

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Hardshell Pants

These should be non-insulated pants with ankle cuffs wide enough to fit over your ski or ride boots.

1

Men: Rab Khroma Kinetic 2.0 Pant
Women: Rab Women's Khroma Kinetic 2.0 Pants

Rab Stores

Clothing
Hot Drinks

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa are great for warming up when it's cold outside.

1

Cusa Tea; Alpine Start Coffee

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a "wicking" layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.

2

Men: Rab Forge LS Tee
Women: Rab Force LS Tee

Rab

Clothing
Lightweight Gloves

Synthetic; Thin gloves used when hiking the early morning approach. Belay gloves can suffice if full-fingered.

1

Rab Vapour-Rise Glove

Rab Store

Clothing
Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.

1

Men: Rab Nexus Jacket
Women: Rab Nexus Jacket

Rab

Clothing
Midweight Softshell Glove

This is the workhorse glove and is most often worn on warmer days when mountaineering. Softshell gloves are water-resistant and durable. They often have leather palms and fingers.

1

Rab Khroma Tour Glove

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Mountaineering Boots

Waterproof, insulated, leather or synthetic boots. Two levels of boots can be appropriate depending on the season, conditions, and personal needs. These boots have rigid and semi-rigid soles so they climb rock well and are compatible with crampons. 1. Lightweight (May - October): This is a single-layer, semi-insulated, waterproof boot, such as the La Sportiva Trango Cube. 2. Mid-weight (October - June): This is a single-layer, insulated boot, such as the La Sportiva Nepal.

1

Men: La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX 0r G5
Women: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Women's or G5

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Neck Gaiter

"Buffs" are quite versatile in their uses. They can be used as light beanies, neck warmers, and can offer face protection from the cold wind or sun.

1

CMS Neck Gaiter

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Rock Climbing Helmet

UIAA/CE approved; Should be large enough to fit over a beanie. Plastic helmets are more durable, but heavier. Foam helmets are lighter, but more easily damaged when carried in a pack.

1

CAMP Titan

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Ski Helmet

This item is recommended but not required. We will be skiing in the trees, and in snow conditions where rocks, stumps, and downded logs are present.

1

Camp Speed Comp

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski or Trekking Poles

Two poles, with powder baskets, are required for all skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers. It is ideal if poles are ski-specific and collapse small enough to fit onto a pack when climbing.

1

BCA Scepter

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Skis or Snowboard

Skis should have touring bindings; lightweight tech bindings are ideal. Splitboards are ideal for snowboarders. Snowboarders using resort snowboards will need to have snowshoes and poles.

1

Dynafit Beast 98; Dynafit ST Radical 100

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Smartphone

Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps - keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Softshell and Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it "breaths," which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.

1

Men: Rab VR Summit Jacket
Women: Rab VR Summit Jacket

Rab

Clothing
Softshell Pants

Softshell material is stretchy, wind-proof, water-resistant, and resists abrasion. Mid-weight is recommended and light-weight pants can work for warm days. Typical thin, nylon "hiking pants" are generally not tough enough.

1

Men: Rab Sawtooth Pants
Women: Rab Women's Sawtooth Pants

Rab Store

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

1

North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the sun at bay during the approach and descent.

1

Rab Freight Cap

Rab

Clothing
Sunglasses

"Wrap-Around" style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.

1

Julbo Shield

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Synthetic or Down Puffy Jacket

Fits over all other layers and is worn at breaks and on really cold days. Synthetic puffies are more durable, are easily laundered, and dry out quickly if wet. Down puffies are lighter weight, pack smaller, and provide exceptional warmth, but once wet, they stay wet.

1

Men: Rab Electron Pro Jacket
Women: Rab Electron Pro Jacket

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Synthetic or Merino Wool Socks

Wool and synthetic blends are great for long days on the trail. "Ski" and "Snowboard" socks are especially useful when warmth is desired.

2

Point 6 AT Hike Light Crew

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Watch with Altimiter

An altimeter is very useful in gauging progression of altitude gain or loss when climbing, and especially when visibility is decreased due to weather. Many Altimeter watches have compasses or GPS tracking functions.

1

Suunto Vector; Suunto Core

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.

2

Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Waterproof Shell Jacket

Non-insulated, Gore-Tex, Dermizax, Event, or other waterproofing system is required. Mostly, this jacket sits in the bottom of your pack and comes out when the weather gets nasty with precipitation. This jacket should fit over all other layers.

1

Men: Rab Downpour Eco Waterproof Jacket
Women: Rab Women's Downpour Eco Waterproof Jacket

Rab

Clothing

3 reviews for RMNP Classic Ski Tour

  1. Orhan Norman (verified owner)

    I had a great day of touring with Mike Soucy in January 2021. We actually had to shift our plans to Seven Utes due to lack of snow at RMNP. That in itself is kudos for CMS and Mike. He reached out with a week to go and offered 3 options: postpone the tour; move it to elsewhere; or give a refund. We spent the following few days exchanging detailed information about what is possible, safe and appealing. Evaluating several options in the Cameron pass area (Mike already knew that the snow level there was good) and settled on Seven Utes. Mike led a safe and fun tour; we laid fresh tracks on the Headwall Glades, climbed back to the top and came down the northwest ridge. Along the way we discussed avalanche danger, compared pros and cons of different navigation and weather apps, talked about some of the challenging terrains at RMNP for spring/summer skiing. As an additional bonus, Mike fixed a problem in my kick turn technique on steeper slopes. Overall, it was an immensely fun and informative outing.

  2. Ryan Teter (verified owner)

    Had a great day with Buster Jesik yesterday in RMNP. Enjoyed some “classic” RMNP” weather and snow, but Buster knew right where to go and how to manage our group for maximum comfort and fun. Buster provided us some advice to get through the terrain safely and improve as backcountry travels. Great tour!

  3. Ryan Teter (verified owner)

    I very much enjoyed my recent Classic Ski Tour trip with CMS. Our guide, Buster, was very professional and knowledgable. We skied some fun terrain and I got to push my skills. Definitely worth the time and money!

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