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Experience the best of the Crested Butte Backcountry

Join us for a Crested Butte Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding Trip this winter! Crested Butte has long been known as a ski touring haven. With a seemingly endless amount of backcountry terrain, you can ski and ride here and never hit the same shot twice. From open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, to big alpine peaks, the Crested Butte backcountry has it all.

Backcountry Tours with Irwin Guides are private and custom to you! We cater to all ability levels, as well as skiing or splitboarding, and offer Intro to Backcountry courses on any chosen date. Our local Crested Butte ski guides and splitboard guides will help you find the best snow and the best terrain for your ability level.

Women's Backcountry 101 Clinic & Mini Film Festival

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Crested Butte Backcountry Skiing Pricing


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  • Avalanche Safety gear (beacon, shovel, & probe)
  • AMGA-trained, local Crested Butte Ski Guide

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your Crested Butte Backcountry Ski trip so you can focus on your adventure! A photographer is $675 per trip and based on availability. Please let the Irwin Guide’s office know 48hrs before your trip if you would like to add this to your reservation.

Tour Details

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Backcountry Powder Camp

Whether you are an alpine skier, telemark skier, or snowboarder – over the course of five days we will show you the best backcountry slopes our backyard has to offer. Inquire for pricing.

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Backcountry Skiing Hut Trips

The Backcountry Hut Trips provide the opportunity to experience our winter backcountry in an entirely different way. Accessing pristine terrain from each hut lets guests explore unlimited fresh lines in the surrounding area. Learn more here.

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Monarch Pass Backcountry Skiing

Topping out at 11,312 feet, and located between Salida and Gunnison, Monarch Pass receives over 350 inches of snow in the winter months; while this kind of snowfall is less than ideal for driving conditions, it makes for perfect backcountry skiing and riding. Inquire about pricing.


Crested Butte Backcountry Skiing Terrain

The options are endless, from open glades to steep faces, couloirs, and trees. There is something for all comfort levels, and our local guides will tailor your trip to your desires and ability level.

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Participants should be a solid intermediate skier/rider and feel comfortable with a variable snowpack and ungroomed trails.



Guests will need backcountry skis or a splitboard, skins, and poles (available for rent – we don’t have boots!), and it is suggested to also have an airbag backpack.

Explore the Crested Butte backcountry

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