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Advanced-intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders that believe in the art and privilege of “earning one’s turns” can explore the San Juan Mountains by touring up and skiing or splitboarding down steep couloirs, high alpine bowls and powdery glades with our expert backcountry guides. Experience phenomenal terrain that is rarely accessed by the average skier or snowboarder. Locations include Telluride, Ophir, Ouray and Silverton.
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Guided Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Tours
- Full-day and expert full-day tours are available. Terrain selection, number of runs and total mileage covered in a day all depend on the physical ability and desires of the guests in a group. Please contact the Telluride Adventure Center for specific pricing and terms.
- We ask that guests provide us with their preferred day and alternate available dates. Trips will be refunded or rescheduled if weather/avalanche conditions are unsafe.
- The recommended maximum number of participants per group is 6 guests.
- While there are no age requirements, participants must be fully aware of the intense physical demands of backcountry touring. Guest height must also be taken into consideration for those needing to rent or purchase backcountry equipment.
- Minors must have an adult parent or legal guardian sign for them.
- Round-trip transportation
- Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe
- Ski pack
- Simple bag lunch and snacks
WHAT TO BRING/RECOMMENDED ATTIRE:
- Guests do not need previous backcountry skiing or splitboarding experience, but they do need to provide their own equipment appropriate for backcountry travel. This includes a helmet, goggles, ski or snowboard boots, powder skis and poles with skins or a splitboard with skins.
- We ask those without their own backcountry touring equipment to please contact the Telluride Adventure Center for rental or purchase recommendations.
- To ensure maximum warmth and comfort, guests should wear waterproof, breathable, synthetic (non-cotton) layers underneath their waterproof jacket and snow pants. A warm, insulating layer (wool, fleece or synthetic loft) to go over one’s base layers and under their waterproof jacket is also encouraged.
- Guests should also bring their own helmet, goggles, neck gaiters, and hand and/or foot warmers for extra-chilly conditions.
- Since lighter layers are encouraged for uphill climbs and heavier layers are ideal for downhill descents, we highly recommend guests bring a lightweight backpack to store shedded and extra layers, as well as SPF lip balm, sunscreen, their own salty and protein-packed snacks and something to hydrate with. Collapsible water bottles are available for purchase at the Telluride Adventure Center.