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An exciting way to combine skiing with technical rock skills

The Colorado backcountry is full of legendary lines and steep shots and spring weather offers safer conditions to access and ski these lines. Ski mountaineering combines skiing with technical climbing skills in a unique way. Whether in the Elk Mountains near Crested Butte or on one of Colorado’s 14ers, Irwin Guides can plan a custom guided Ski Mountaineering trip for you.


  • Professional & knowledgeable guide
  • Technical climbing gear if needed
  • A detailed packing list will be provided upon reservation 
  • Avalanche gear included (beacon, shovel, probe)

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your memories 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.

Things to Know


1 - 2 People²


Each Additional Person²


Guest to Guide Ratio

¹ Travel & overnight fee may apply

² Participants should be a solid intermediate skier/rider and feel comfortable with a variable snowpack and ungroomed terrain

³Rentals for avalanche safety gear and ski and ride gear are available

How to Book

Please call our office at 970-349-5430 or email us at [email protected]

Tour Details

Ability Level2

Ability Level

Intermediate ski/ride level required. The Crested Butte area offers a wide variety of technical approaches. If you’re just getting into ski mountaineering or are seeking legendary lines, Irwin Guides will set you up for success.

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Ready to attempt a ski descent from over 14,000 feet?  Join us for a descent of Mt. Elbert, Massive, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Belford, or Missouri.



Crested Butte has multiple 3,000 foot ski descents, some with almost 50 degree slope angles. 



Late March to early June provides the best conditions for ski mountaineering.

Advance your backcountry skills with our knowledgeable guides

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