Skier on Dillon Lake

Guided Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

The backcountry skiing in Summit can be amazing, but without local knowledge and experience it can also be deadly. Hire a guide to find the powder lines safely.

Local guides are available to lead you on a treck deep into the backcountry if you are looking for real adventure – or have a rustic Colorado night in one of the huts maintained by Summit Huts.

As with any winter activity, make sure you have plenty of water, first aid gear, plenty of warm clothing, and a fully charged phone. Know your physical limits, plan your route, and make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to return.

If you plan on venturing into the backcountry consider renting or buying a beacon so that rescue personnel can locate you in the event of an accident. Epic Mountain Gear offers backcountry packages  that include a beacon, shovel, and probe. Don’t venture into unfamiliar or extreme territory alone and always pay attention to the weather and avalanche warnings for the local terrain.

Cross Country Skiing

Nordic Centers

So where can you get started? Four local nordic centers offer full outfitting, lessons, and miles of groomed nordic trails so you can practice for the backcountry.