Crested Butte Backcountry Ski & Mountaineering

In Winter & Spring by

A growing number of adventure athletes have taken to the backcountry for fresh snow, tranquility, and exploration. Whether you are experienced in avalanche terrain or new to backcountry travel, there are plenty of options in Crested Butte to get your powder turns in …especially in the spring.

Crested Butte Avalanche Center

If you intend on going out in the Crested Butte backcountry be sure to check in with the Crested Butte Avalanche Center webpage first. This local resource is filled by professionals who study snow conditions on local mountains. It’ll give you a greater understanding of what to expect in our backyard. They release daily updates and forecasts every morning, as snow conditions can change in a heartbeat.

Guided Tours

Adventure seekers only: For the few who want to experience first tracks from over 12,000 feet, there are many places to choose from and guides to get you there. Climb local 12k & 13k peaks along with some 14ers in the Elk Mountain Range and enjoy sweet rides down. Irwin Guides offers many trips to fit your skill level.

Guided ski trips extend from Crested Butte all the way to Monarch Pass featuring short day trips to overnight hut trips. Experienced guides will take you to the goods to enjoy safe, yet powdery conditions through glades, open powder fields and even above tree line. Split boards or backcountry ski rentals are available. You will need to bring your own avalanche safety tools. Price depends on client guide ratio: For one person it’s $345, and 2 or more costs $195 per person. If you are interested in learning more or just need to brush up your avalanche safety, they also offers a variety of AIARE courses.


Mountaineering is one of the most rewarding activities you can do, using your technical rock and snow skills, route finding, and outdoor savvy to summit a peak! Crested Butte Mountain Guides will help you bag that 14er, or some famed local summits. These all inclusive ski and non-ski climbing trips are available during the winter and spring. Pricing varies by activity and can be found here.

Irwin Guides

218 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-5430WebsiteMap

Crested Butte Avalanche Center

PO Box 2351, Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-4022Website