(970) 949-9111

Steep Ski and Boarding Clinic

When the slopes get steep and the terrain becomes more consequential, it is essential that backcountry skier and riders are able to demonstrate poise and efficiency. Each spring, as Colorado’s snowpack begins to stabilize, backcountry skiers and riders look to bigger terrain for the lines that inspire them. Apex Mountain School is excited to be a part of your development as a skier or rider this spring!

These clinics will teach the fundamentals of efficient skiing technique in the steeps. Students will learn how to safely and confidently explore and manage risk and reward. Offering the highest level of instruction, you will receive tips and instructions on techniques that our professional guides have developed over years of backcountry skiing/riding experience. Course topics may include:

  • Finding the best line
  • Managing Avalanche Terrain
  • Reading a slope

We place great value in seeing our guests progress in their skiing/riding ability and decision making and we are very excited to be a part of that progression. In this Steep Skiing Clinic our focus is on creating an unforgettable day, developing your technique, and taking your skills to the next level.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see our gear list.

Ready to sign up? Register at the Book It tab above. You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.



Backcountry Touring Options:

Split boards are snowboards that are halved down the middle. They can be used as ascension skis during uphill travel, accompanied by skins, and rejoined as a single unit for descent. Split boards offer the resort rider an efficient transition to backcountry riding.

Alpine Touring Skis allow backcountry skiers to ascend uphill with heels free, in walking mode with skins, and shorter boots make for ease of backcountry travel. Transitioning into downhill mode is as simple as removing your ascension skins and locking your heels down. The downhill ski technique is very similar to traditional downhill skiing at a ski area. This set-up, known commonly as AT skiing, offers an excellent opportunity for resort skiers to experience the backcountry.



Telemark Skis operate with a “free heel” system (no heel attachments exist for uphill or downhill travel) that allows you to ascend in walking mode with skins, as well as to descend in telemark mode, with the uphill knee bent slightly during turns. This option is available to skiers with telemark experience, and to skiers that wish to transition into telemarking. Flexible plastic boots and a fixed toe binding make walking more natural than AT skis.

Families, groups and singles are welcome. No experience is necessary, and we welcome all age, ability, and fitness levels. Whether by day tour, overnight hut trip or otherwise, we’ll customize to suit your wishes.


What to bring:

  • Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food
  • Extra wool or synthetic socks

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Liner socks
  • Adjustable Poles
  • Small day pack
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera