Guided Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

Hire a local guide and head into the backcountry to find untouched powder lines.

Skier on Dillon Lake


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.



Backcountry Skiing

The Summit Backcountry can be worth the extra work.

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.

Colorado Adventure Guides

Cross Country Skiing on Lake Dillon

If you want to tour the backcountry, hire a guide from Colorado Adventure Guides.

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.


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.



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Section House

Section House

Backcountry lodging that sleeps 12 and comes stocked with padded mattresses, wood stoves, propane burners, and more.

Backcountry Skiing

Sisters Cabin

Backcountry lodging for snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing that features a wood-burning sauna and sleeps 14.

Tuned Skis Cross Country Skiing

Janet’s Cabin

Backcountry hut lodging with modern amenities for snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing.

Ken's Cabin

Ken’s Backcountry Cabin

An intimate one-room cabin equipped with a wood-burning stove, firewood, propane burners, and solar-powered lights.

More Things To Do


Snowshoeing Treks

Snowshoeing is a great way to tour some beautiful summit county scenery while getting some exercise outside.

Group drinking beer outdoors

Dine on an Outdoor Patio

With 300 sunny days a year, there are tons of sweet patios in Summit where you can enjoy some food or a brew.

Friendly Toast

Wine Tasting

Try wine at one of Summit’s wineries or at one of the great restaurants around the county.

Bowling Pins

Bowl a Perfect Game

There’s indoor fun if that’s what you’re in the mood for at the local bowling alley.