Rocky Mountain Splitboard School

1 Person–$360.00
2 People–$550
3 People–$720
4 People–$840
5 People–$925
Large groups? Contact Us

KMAC’s Splitboard School is proud to be the premier split school in the Front Range. Our core guides are all lifelong snowboarders with a passion for surfing the mountains of the world Between us, we have well over a thousand missions into Rocky Mountain National Park under our belts. In that time we have learned a lot about splitboarding–how, where, and when to do it. Similar to much of Colorado, RMNP is a very micro climate specific area. It isn’t uncommon to see 96% of the Park stripped of snow in hurricane winds while the remaining 4% (where that snow lands) grants epic riding even weeks after the last storm.

Many of us grew up at the ski resorts and slowly developed an addiction to powder riding. The search for it took us farther and farther from home on ever longer road trips and plane rides. Eventually, we discovered that much of what we were searching for has actually been right out our back door all along. Right here in Colorado, and anywhere with snowy mountains, is a lifetime of powder turns and adventure.

We have a full range of guided splitboard adventures available from hour long Split 101’s, to open enrollment intro classes, to fully custom single and multi-day adventures. We have a fleet of Weston Snowboards splits with brand new Spark R&D hardware available for rent. Our goal is not just to take you on a cool tour, but to give you all the tools to do it yourself! All of our courses approach splitboarding in a purposeful way that attempts to teach each skill consciously with plenty of room for practice and feedback from guides. Our goal is to have each student come out with more skills than most get from seasons in the backcountry on their own.

 

 

– Weston Snowboards presents: Splitboarding 201 (Intro to Splitboarding)—

 

KMAC is proud to partner with Minturn, CO based Weston Snowboards. Together we are building a concise and clear cut path to jumpstarting your splitboard career safely. From Splitboard 101 to 201 to our AIARE REC 1 Avalanche Education course we can take new backcountry riders and help guide them on the path to becoming solid, reliable, and safe backcountry travelers.

Splitboarding 201-Intro to Split is the perfect step to take when you are ready to leave the lift lines behind. Heading into the backcountry can be daunting—there is new equipment to manage, avalanches to avoid, mountain weather, and a thousand decisions where wrong answers can lead to unwanted outcomes. That is where we come in, KMAC’s expert local splitboard guides will break down all of this into manageable topics that will give you the base building blocks that the rest of your backcountry education will be built on.

 

Location: Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Hidden Valley was a ski resort from the fifties until it closed in 1992. Today, with lifts removed and restored to its natural condition, it makes a perfect location for learning to ride in the backcountry. With relatively low avalanche risks, the option of riding all the way back to the trailhead from anywhere on the mountain, and a powerful powder-creating microclimate, HV is hard to beat as a Front Range splitboard schoolroom.

Duration: 8 Hours

Skills: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort. If you ride much harder than this don’t worry, our goal isn’t to teach you how to ride but how to operate safely in the backcountry and use your splitboard.

Cost: $200 per person

Dates: December 29th, January 26th, and February 23rd

 

Overview of topics:

  • Equipment: general use, storage, maintenance, field repairs
  • Introduction to avalanche awareness *
  • Avalanche rescue techniques (beacon/shovel/probe) *
  • Terrain selection, trip planning, navigation
  • Skinning (skiing uphill): track setting, kick turns, pole use, and micro-terrain navigation
  • Transitions (changing from ski-mode to ride-mode and back)
  • Backcountry considerations: risk management and other backcountry specific topics
  • Particularities of using a snowboard in the backcountry and techniques to solve them
  • Next steps: avalanche education, recommendations of other areas to check out, apres…

 

*note: does not replace formal avalanche education

 

 

 

 

 

– RMNP High Peaks Advanced Splitboarding—

 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Duration: 3 days

Experience Level: Advanced (can confidently ride all terrain at ski resorts and have some experience with steep backcountry terrain)

Cost: $495 per person

Dates: April 11-13, 2019

A 3-day adventure deep into Rocky Mountain National Park that will take your splitboarding to the next level. We will skin deep into “the Park,” set up a basecamp, and ride couloirs and summits for days! This is an awesome opportunity for anyone who has advanced level riding skills but wants to start heading deeper into the mountains of the world.

 

Topics:

  • Trip planning
  • Advanced weather forecasting
  • Advanced navigation techniques
  • Backcountry winter camping
  • Leadership in the mountains
  • Realtime avalanche considerations
  • Big mountain ride techniques including crampon/ice axe climbing
  • Advanced avalanche drills/rescue scenarios
  • Next steps…

 

 

 

– AIARE REC 1 for Splitboarders—

 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO and classroom in Estes Park, CO

Duration: 3 days (26 Hours)

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort.

Cost: $425 per person

Dates: TBD

The AIARE Level 1 Course builds the foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain. Taking this course should be everyone’s first step before venturing into the backcountry in winter. The goal of this AIARE Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow science, terrain analysis, and to give each student a framework with which to make decisions.

 

This 26-hour course involves instruction, morning/evening classroom lectures, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.

 

Topics:

  • What is an avalanche? Types, characteristics, mechanics
  • Trip planning
  • How to make observations
  • “Human Factors” that contribute to avalanches
  • Using daily avalanche bulletins (CIAC, etc.)
  • How to use terrain to make decisions
  • Rescue techniques and equipment
  • Splitboard specific considerations in avalanche terrain
  • Next steps…

 

 


Splitboard 101 with WESTON SNOWBOARDS

Check in for dates around the Front Range where KMAC guides will stop by gear shops and events to do short talks on what Splitboarding is and how to get into it. You will get a chance to touch all of the equipment we use out there and ask a professional all of the questions you’ve been wondering.

We conduct these events in conjunction with Weston Snowboards and you will get a chance to check out some of their rad gear!

Location/Dates: TBA


Splitboard 201 with WESTON SNOWBOARDS

 

 

KMAC is proud to have partnered with Minturn, CO based Weston Snowboards to offer the perfect first day on a splitboard. Our guides have worked with Weston to craft a course that runs through all of the skills you will need for a basic day of touring in the backcountry (note: does not replace avalanche education). We will begin at our shop inspecting all of the equipment we need and practicing with it a heated space before heading 20 minutes up into the Park to begin our hands on education. In general, we will conduct a standard tour of the area, searching out pow stashes and avoiding avalanche zones and nasty terrain features. Along the way we will teach best-practices, common mistakes, and tons of cool tricks that we have picked up along our journeys. Along the way we will shred some sick terrain…

 

Location: Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Hidden Valley was a ski resort from the fifties until it closed in ’92. Today, with lifts removed and restored to its natural condition, it makes a perfect location for learning to ride in the backcountry. With relatively low avalanche risks, the option of riding all the way back to the trailhead from anywhere on the mountain, and a powerful powder-creating microclimate, HV is hard to beat as a Front Range splitboard schoolroom.

Duration: 8 Hours

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort. If you ride much harder than this don’t worry, our goal isn’t to teach you how to ride but how to operate safely in the backcountry and use your splitboard.

Cost: $200 per person or $150 if you attend one of our Split 101 talks!

Dates: December 29th, January 26th, and February 23rd

 

Overview of topics:

  • Equipment: general use, storage, maintenance, field repairs
  • Introduction to avalanche awareness *
  • Avalanche rescue techniques (beacon/shovel/probe) *
  • Terrain selection, trip planning, navigation
  • Skinning (skiing uphill): track setting, kick turns, pole use, and micro-terrain navigation
  • Transitions (changing from ski-mode to ride-mode and back)
  • Group dynamics and movement: how to travel as a group
  • Backcountry considerations: risk management and other backcountry specific topics
  • Particularities of using a snowboard in the backcountry and techniques to solve them
  • Next steps: avalanche education, recommendations of other areas to check out, apres…

*note: does not replace formal avalanche education


Intro to Splitboarding

 

This day is the perfect step to take when you are ready to leave the lift lines behind. Heading into the backcountry can be daunting—there is new equipment to manage, avalanches to avoid, mountain weather, and a thousand decisions to make regarding all these things where wrong answers can lead to unwanted outcomes. That is where we come in, KMAC’s expert local splitboard guides will break down all of this into manageable topics that will give you the base building blocks that the rest of your backcountry education will be built on, and along the way will show you some really good powder riding.

 

Location: Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Hidden Valley was a ski resort from the fifties until it closed in 1992. Today, with lifts removed and restored to its natural condition, it makes a perfect location for learning to ride in the backcountry. With relatively low avalanche risks, the option of riding all the way back to the trailhead from anywhere on the mountain, and a powerful powder-creating microclimate, HV is hard to beat as a Front Range splitboard schoolroom.

Duration: 8 Hours

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort. If you ride much harder than this don’t worry, our goal isn’t to teach you how to ride but how to operate safely in the backcountry and use your splitboard.

Cost: $200 per person

Dates: Saturdays from December 15 to March 30th

 

Overview of topics:

  • Equipment: general use, storage, maintenance, field repairs
  • Introduction to avalanche awareness *
  • Avalanche rescue techniques (beacon/shovel/probe) *
  • Terrain selection, trip planning, navigation
  • Skinning (skiing uphill): track setting, kick turns, pole use, and micro-terrain navigation
  • Transitions (changing from ski-mode to ride-mode and back)
  • Backcountry considerations: risk management and other backcountry specific topics
  • Particularities of using a snowboard in the backcountry and techniques to solve them
  • Next steps: avalanche education, recommendations of other areas to check out, apres…

 

*note: does not replace formal avalanche education


RMNP High Peaks Advanced Split Course with WESTON SNOWBOARDS

 

We are stoked to have partnered with Weston Snowboards to offer a 3-day adventure deep into Rocky Mountain National Park that will take your splitboarding to the next level. We will skin deep into “the Park,” set up a basecamp, then ride couloirs and summits for days! This is an awesome opportunity for anyone who has advanced level riding skills but wants to start heading deeper into the mountains of the world. We will definitely shred some really sick mountain terrain, but the main focus will be on developing the skills necessary to do this on your own!

 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Duration: 3 days

Experience Level: Advanced (can confidently ride all terrain at ski resorts and have some experience with steep backcountry terrain)

Cost: $495 per person

Dates: April 11-13, 2019

 

Topics:

  • Trip planning
  • Advanced weather forecasting
  • Advanced navigation techniques
  • Backcountry winter camping
  • Leadership in the mountains
  • Realtime avalanche considerations
  • Big mountain ride techniques including crampon/ice axe climbing/descending
  • Advanced avalanche drills/rescue scenarios
  • Next steps…

 


AIARE REC 1 for Splitboarders

 

The AIARE Level 1 Course builds the foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain. Taking this course should be everyone’s first step before venturing into the backcountry in winter. The goal of this AIARE Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow science, terrain analysis, and to give each student a framework with which to make decisions.

 

This 26-hour course involves instruction, morning/evening classroom lectures, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.

 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO and classroom in Estes Park, CO

Duration: 3 days (26 Hours)

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort.

Cost: $425 per person

Dates: TBD

 

Topics:

  • What is an avalanche? Types, characteristics, mechanics
  • Trip planning
  • How to make observations
  • “Human Factors” that contribute to avalanches
  • Using daily avalanche bulletins (CIAC, etc.)
  • How to use terrain to make decisions
  • Rescue techniques and equipment
  • Splitboard specific considerations in avalanche terrain
  • Next steps…

Winter Programs

Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley are national destinations for winter sports and outdoor education. While the mountains in winter can pose serious and very real dangers to the unwary, with the right equipment, guidance, and local knowledge, back-country travelers can enjoy and experience the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in winter.

KMAC guides are experts on the local terrain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiring a guide  is one of the best ways to maximize your time and learn about the latest equipment, current snow conditions, and where to go. Whether your goal is to learn how to enjoy our mountains in winter, or if you have a specific destination in mind, we are here to help. Please contact KMAC to hire a guide or to seek advice or information on local conditions.

 


Snow Shoeing

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1 Person–$225.00
2 People–$280
3 People–$360
4 People–$400
5 People–$450
Large groups? Contact Us

Winter outings can be overwhelming to a first-timer. The large amount of necessary equipment, determining weather and snow conditions, and where to go can seem daunting. The consequences for mistakes in any of these categories can turn a winter outing into something very difficult and unpleasant. With the help and expertise of a KMAC guide, these issues can be avoided. Our goal is your enjoyment and learning. Your guide will share with you their local knowledge and expertise of the technical craft of snowshoeing as well as their knowledge of Rocky Mountain National Park’s ecology and history. We aim for these adventures to take about 4-hours and make a perfect introduction to the sport. Like many of our programs, our goal is to educate guests so that they can enjoy a lifetime of adventures, with or without us.

For those with aspirations of going higher and perhaps seeking a winter summit adventure, let KMAC suggest an outing based on your goals. Please contact KMAC to schedule your outing.


Cross Country Skiing

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1 Person–$225.00
2 People–$280
3 People–$360
4 People–$400
5 People–$450
Large groups? Contact Us

Introduction to Cross Country Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park for all ages and abilities.

Join a Kent Mountain Adventure Center guide to discover the fun and freedom of cross country skiing. With the incredible winter views and trails for all abilities, your guide will share their expertise about proper equipment use and the unique winter environment. Perfect for the whole family!

 

 


Backcountry Ski School

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1 Person–$360.00
2 People–$550
3 People–$720
4 People–$840
5 People–$925
Large groups? Contact Us

Ask any local outdoor enthusiast and they’ll tell you that backcountry skiing and splitboarding are the best winter sports to be had in the front range. Tucked into a magic nook of RMNP is the Hidden Valley Ski Area (lifts removed in ’92). Graced with consistent powder, easy access, and low avalanche danger, it makes for an awesome transition from resort skiing to backcountry touring.

At KMAC, we love seeing people discover that they don’t need lifts to ski. All you need is the ability to ski blue runs at ski resorts and a willingness to walk up gentle hills. Our experienced, locally-based guides will take you on a beautiful tour through snow-covered forests and mountains while teaching the many skills that make backcountry skiing so fun. We will instruct on “skinning” techniques (going uphill), equipment use, basic avalanche awareness, how to pack/stay warm, and most importantly we’ll have a really good time.

KMAC guides will share their local knowledge and experience not only from the terrain and equipment side, but also their interpretive knowledge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Our goal isn’t just to have one great day, but to teach you to be responsible, safe, and knowledgeable long after you come out with us. We want to help create a safe and healthy culture in the backcountry.

We suggest Alpine Touring (AT), splitboard, or telemark equipment (snowshoes with skis/board not recommended). Call us to get our input on the newest and best gear.

Included in the cost is all necessary avalanche safety equipment. We also highly recommend doing a day like this before you attend one of our AIARE 1 courses!

The Estes Park Mountain Shop is our rental supplier for AT skis.

Note that conditions in the backcountry have a wider range than at a resort. We recommend, at the minimum, you can easily ski all blues at a ski resort.

We offer custom courses at a discounted rate for your school/work/friend group, give us a call to find out more!


Flattop Mountain Snow Shoe Ascent

A full day ascent of a mountain in winter! Ski or snowshoe to
the top of Flattop Mountain. This day is an adventure with lots
of learning about winter travel in Rocky Mountain National
Park. We’ll get above tree line following a winter trail eventually
venturing onto some lower angled snow slopes just below the top.
You won’t want to miss out on the winter views that will bring you
to awe in every direction you look!

 

 


Introduction to Ice Climbing

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1 Person–$360.00
2 People–$550
3 People–$720
4 People–$840
5 People–$925
Large groups? Contact Us

You’ll work with state of the art ice tools in this one day outing. Starting with proper crampon techniques, we’ll advance to single and multiple ice axe use.

Only after being comfortable with these newly acquired skills will we venture into steeper ground. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about ice screw placement, and get on some vertical ice.

Perfect for beginners.


Ski Guiding and Instruction

1 Person–$300.00
2 People–$500
3 People–$750
Large groups? Contact Us

Choose your ascent and descent goals for a full day of ski mountaineering. Your KMAC guide will offer up some of the best options given local terrain and current conditions. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the high peaks of RMNP in winter.

 

 

 

 


Winter Camping

 

Join us for an overnight skills course in winter camping. This course is intended for first-time winter campers, climbers, skiers, and anyone else who recreates in winter. It could come in handy should you find yourself in an unplanned bivouac in winter. Plus – it’ll be fun. Perfect for private groups, families, and others who want to share a winter camping experience while learning important skills.

Winter camping requires attention to detail in regard to equipment. It also requires thoughtful preparation. You’ll learn about winter equipment essentials and what to pack.

In addition, you’ll learn how to build a snow cave and quinsy and the protocols for using tents. You’ll have the option of sleeping in either of these important survival structures.

Other skills to be covered include:

  • Cooking and winter “kitchens”
  • Techniques for staying warm
  • Winter back-country travel
  • Leave No Trace
  • Food, nutrition, hydration
  • Weather factors

 

Please contact us to set a course up today!


Winter Mountaineering Camps

1 Person–$2,020.00
2 People–$2400
3 People–$3000
4 People–$3200
Large groups? Contact Us

These 4 days winter mountaineering camps are well suited for individuals as well as high school, colleges, and clubs. If scheduled dates do not fit your calendar, please contact us to schedule privately.

We’ll get outfitted and geared up on day one and begin skiing or snow shoeing into base camp. Tents or snow caves will be our home as we indulge in the Alpine winter. The second day we’ll sample some ice or acclimatize with a tour. On day 3 we’ll strike out early from camp and attempt a summit of our choice based on conditions. Day 4 sees us breaking camp and heading back to the creature comforts of Estes Park. This is a great course for beginner mountaineers wishing to learn and experience mountaineering in winter.

Mountaineering Camp Venues:

  • Black Lake Cirque
  • Ypsilon Mountain
  • Finch Lake
  • Longs Peak Cirque

Upcoming Winter Programs Schedule

AIARE Level 1

Friday, December 21stSunday, December 23rd 2018

1 Person–$425.00

Travel Safe

The AIARE Level 1 Course begins the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain.  Taking this course should be everyone’s first step before venturing into the backcountry in winter.  The goal of this AIARE Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow pack science, terrain analysis, and to be able to formulate a good decision making process.

This 26 hour course involves instruction, evening classroom lectures, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.

The course is designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides.