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Powder Paradise

The backcountry skiing in Telluride is endless. Enjoy hundreds of miles of untracked powder, stunning peaks, rugged wilderness and an unforgettable adventure. Once you go backcountry skiing, you’ll never want to go to the resort again. 

We Recommend: 

  • Telluride Helitrax - Telluride Helitrax is a local, family-owned guide service that provides tailored, personalized guest experiences. Each trip is always small and intimate, with less than four guests to one guide. Trips vary from single-day to multi-day, custom tours, ski-touring, single-drop excursions, guided backcountry tours, scenic flights and more. If backcountry skiing is your thing, these are the guys you want to talk to. Click here for more information. 

  • San Juan Huts - The San Juan Hut System has hut-to-hut backcountry ski routes that link Telluride to Ouray along the Sneffels Range, but huts may also be accessed individually. The route itself is designed for intermediate skiers, while there is more advanced terrain available for extreme skiers. Each hut holds eight people per night and are equipped with padded bunks, propane cook stove, propane light, wood stove, firewood and cookware. Click here for additional information on the San Juan backcountry ski huts. 

  • Mountain Trip - Mountain Trip offers guided backcountry ski and split-board outings for all levels. If you want to experience steep, aesthetic couloirs, low-angle powder glades and high alpine bowls, these are the guys. Mountain Trip is AMGA certified and can customize any backcountry trip to your needs. Click here for additional information about backcountry ski trips with Mountain Trip. 

  • San Juan Outdoor Adventures - New to backcountry skiing? The guides at San Juan Outdoor Adventures can customize trips for intermediate to expert skiers while giving guests the opportunity to learn the basics of equipment use, route finding, travel protocol and more. They offer full-day backcountry adventures, nordic adventures, peak descents and more. Click here for more details. 

What You Need:

  • Beacon/Transceiver

  • Snow saw

  • Rutshblock cord

  • Probe poles

  • Shovel

  • Helmet

  • Goggles

  • Crampons

  • Ice axe

  • First aid kit

  • Emergency blanket or Bivi bag

  • Hydration system

  • High-energy food and snacks

  • Waterproof pants and jacket

  • Ski pack

PLEASE NOTE: This list doesn’t account for any specific area needs and is just a general guide for your backcountry needs. Please consult a professional or expert before embarking on a backcountry trip.

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