There are many great reasons to spend so much effort to get here in the winter. It's truly a winter wonderland that needs to be experienced. The town is cozy, and the mountains can provide entertainment for anyone wanting to get outside and breathe some crisp air. We guide Snowshoe and Cross Country Skiing day trips, and love to take people out to Backcountry Winter Huts and guide Backcountry Skiing. AAG guides are trained on mountain ski instructors with medical and avalanche certifications who can take you behind the boundary lines to explore new terrain with Lift Assisted Out of Bounds Skiing. Snow science is also important to us and we provide a full array of AIARE Certified Avalanche Courses. Also new this season Indoor Rock Climbing with day and evening instruction available.
All trips include local transportation to trailheads, snowshoes, day packs and poles, and lunches can be arranged if needed.
Special Winter Events
Aspen Alpine Legacy Ski TourDates: Thursday January 22 - Sunday January 25, 2015
The 10th Mountain Division hut system was originally formed as homage to fallen soldiers. To celebrate that history, Aspen Alpine Guides is offering the Aspen Alpine Legacy Ski Tour. The tour begins in Aspen and ends in Lenado, covering a total distance of approximately 30 miles over four days. Along the way, participants will stay in historic huts and see views that few other skiers see, even allowing skiers to pass through rarely visited pristine wilderness along the stretch that connects the Benedict and McNamara huts. "This route between Benedict Huts and McNamara Hut is very difficult and is rarely travelled in either direction," according to the 10th Mountain Division website. For more on the route, check out the 10th Mountain Division Huts map titled “Smuggler Mountain 10.” For more logistical information, including pricing and registration, contact AAG at email@example.com.
Snowshoe and Cross Country Skiing pricing
Backcountry tours are available in and around the Aspen area that can be tailored to all fitness levels. Trips include snowshoes, poles and daypacks and lunches can be arranged if needed.
Backcountry Winter Huts and Camping pricing
Experience a true outdoor adventure on snowshoes, AT or Telemark skis. Our guides can assist with trip itineraries that can be from a single overnight to multiple days out at either established huts or self-made winter camps.
Not all trips are rated at the same skill level. Conditioning and environmental conditions will have an impact on the available terrain. We provide guides, ogistical support, group equipment with first aid and emergency gear. Backpacks, tents and some additional equipment is also available, or rental equipment can be arranged if needed.
Guided Backcountry Skiing pricing
Aspen Alpine Guides provides guided day tours and peak ascents for backcountry skiers on AT or Telemark gear. Beacons, probes and shovels are provided and ski equipment can be arranged for rental. Additional peaks and areas are available by request.
Introduction Full Day Ski Tour
The terrain available for this day has been selected because it generally provides a safe environment throughout the season. Skiers will be able to concentrate on understanding their new experience without additional concerns for environmental conditions.
- Government Trail Corridor
- Richmond Ridge Corridor
- Upper Hunter Creek Valley
- Snowmass Creek Trails
- Maroon Creek
Intermediate Ski Tour / Peak
Skiers must be physically fit and previous ski experience in the backcountry is highly recommended.
- Lost Man Loop
- Green Mountain
- Mace Peak
Advanced Ski Tour / Peak
Skiers must not only be physically fit but they also must have the technical skills needed in steep winter alpine terrain.
- Pearl Basin/Peak
- Castle Peak
- Hayden Peak
- Sopris Mountain
- Geissler Peak
Lift Assisted Out of Bounds Skiing pricing
With a lift ticket we can introduce you to US Forest Service permitted side country or out of bounds skiing in the Aspen area. AAG ski guides are certified Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), on-mountain instructors with additional medical certification and avalanche training that permits us to guide and prepare for trips out of bounds. Beacons, probes and shovels are provided and ski equipment can be arranged for rental.
AIARE Certified Avalanche Courses pricing
The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Level I Certification Course is a 3 day / 24 credit hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. The courses are offered through AAG and hosted by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. This unique partnership enables all participants to experience backcountry conditions within the 10th Mountain Hut system by using the Sangree M. Froelicher Hut as a base for the course and field work.
In addition to the Hut based course offerings, AAG runs a series of AIARE courses that can be taken while staying in town. The evening classroom classes are held in town while the Field Work day sessions are held in nearby areas where route finding and terrain selection can be experienced.
Classes follow the AIARE curriculum for Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain and are instructed by AIARE certified instructors. Please visit the Avalanche Education page for class dates and prices.
Private Guiding and Technical Mountaineering Instruction pricing
Includes winter camping, survival and mountaineering skills such as route finding, bivoc and shelter construction, use of ropes, crampons and ice axe on steep terrain, self rescue and self arrest.
Winter Peak Ascents and Ice Climbing pricing
A test of endurance and technical skill. Please call us with questions and to check on current conditions.
Indoor Rock Climbing pricing
An Indoor Climbing Gym is available for day or evening open climbing and ropes course / climbing instruction. All safety equipment including climbing shoes, helmets, harnesses, ropes and anchors are included.