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 Mountain Shop located in Estes Park is our rental supplier.
Notes on skiing with a guide: skiing with a guide can be a lot of fun although a few things may be a bit different than skiing around your local area with friends. A few tips for traveling with a guide on skis are discussed below.
Your guide’s job is basically to help you maximize the fun, travel efficiently, and minimize the risks associated with traveling in the mountain environment. They will help you with your gear and take the necessary steps to complete your tour and ascent. They will assess and teach you about local avalanche conditions. Backcountry skiing is much slower than resort skiing, this fundamentally changes things, but one big advantage this gives is that groups is very diverse skill levels can get out together.
We offer custom courses at a discounted rate for your school/work/friend group, give us a call to find out more!