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Ski Mountaineering School



If you are interested in taking your downhill skiing skills and experience to the backcountry and into the mountains, the Ski Mountaineering School offered by the Colorado Mountain Club may be for you.  The Ski Mountaineering School is intended to develop the skills, attitudes, and awareness needed for ski mountaineering tours, such as 13′er and 14′er ski descents in Colorado and ski traverses and ski mountaineering routes in Europe and Canada.  Some of the topics covered include planning and preparation, ski gear and equipment, ski techniques, route finding, and avalanche assessment.


  • Steep ski skills (black diamond) in varied terrain and snow conditions, including ascending and descending in controlled manner. No need to be a “ripper”, but skiing in full control is important.
  • Fitness and stamina to climb/travel at 1000’/ hr and 3 mph on skis for 3000+ ft, 3-5 mile ascents.
  • AIARE avy 1 in last 5 years, BMS snow travel class, or similar experience (crampon, axe and snow climbing skills/experience), 2 or more seasons of backcountry ski travel, or numerous current season outings plus concurrent enrollment in Boulder group CMC backcountry ski clinic.
  • First aid or WFA.
  • Modern AT or tele skis or splitboard, with functional and comfortable boots and modern free pivot bindings, full width skins, and ski crampons. Some of these can be rented/demo-ed, but self- owned is expected before end of season for familiarity, efficiency, and safety in the later bigger outings, Modern 3- antenna Beacon, shovel and probe, and know how to use them. Ice axe and boot crampons, and the skills to use them properly.

Registration is by application only. Skiers without more than one full season of back country ski experience are required to be concurrently enrolled in the boulder group advanced ski touring course.


The cost of the school is $220. For more information please contact this year’s Director John Morrone at: For general information, please contact CMC Member Services at (303) 279-3080 x2 or

Application:  2018 Ski-Mountaineering-School-Student-Application Please fill out and email to, then click here to sign-up for CMC’s Ski Mountaineering School.

REFUND POLICY: Requests must be made in writing to school director. If received at least 7 days before a course begins: Full refund minus $10 processing, less cost of materials received, if any. If less than 7 days: 50 percent refund, or full refund minus $10 if replacement found, less cost of materials received. No refund on day course begins or after. (revised as of 10/2016)