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Enjoy the Ride

Backcountry Skiing

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Thank you to Eric Freson for this awesome video

Irwin Guides


Crested Butte has long been known as a backcountry haven.  With five separate drainages offering hundreds of routes, you can ski for years here and never hit the same shot twice. From open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, to big alpine peaks, the Crested Butte backcountry has it all.

With single and multi-day tours available it's easy to pick the tour that best suits your individual skill level and goals. Plus their guides are some of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected backcountry leaders in the industry.  No one does the Crested Butte backcountry experience better than Irwin Guides!

Did you know?

The town of Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet

Most of our backcountry skiing trailheads are 15 minutes or less from downtown

Red Lady (AKA Mt Emmons) is an iconic peak in the valley.  A ski from her summit is 3,200 vertical feet

Trip Details:

Inclusions: a professional ski guide, avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe) if you do not have your own, Mammut RAS Air Backpack (limited availability - inquiry when booking)


Exclusions: food, lodging*, backcountry touring set-up**


Max 4:1 client to guide ratio


A detailed packing list will be provided upon reservation


A freshly prepared sack lunch can be added for an additional $15/day


*Lodging discounts available. Inquire with our office

**Avalanche safety gear & backcountry touring set-ups can be rented for an additional fee. Inquire with our office. 

Special thank you to Irwin Guides for all information.

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