Off-Piste USA Skiing

Rocky Mountain Winter Ski Vacation – Guided Backcountry Winter Adventure Tour

Off-Piste Ski Adventure Tour through northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

Ski the Rockies in Taos, Durango, Silverton, Telluride, and Crested Butte on this Winter Adventure Tour through the Wild West backcountry of New Mexico and Colorado. Share the mountain landscapes of the gold miners, cowboys, and settlers who lived here a hundred years ago. Enjoy unlimited off-piste skiing options where many of the mountains are 13,000 ft. Take the “High Road to Taos” through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; drive the “Million Dollar Highway” through the San Juan Mountains to Silverton and Telluride; Finish at Crested Butte in Colorado’s Elk Mountains. In a small group of fellow skiers, this guided tour offers you great skiing plus a chance to enjoy the history and authentic spirit of these less-settled areas of the west. You’ll have a chance to heli- and cat-ski or explore on a snow mobile.

Highlights:

Taos Ski Resort

Taos Ski Resort

Heli Skiing in Silverton

Silverton Heli-Skiing

Telluride ski resort

Telluride Ski Resort

Crested Butte Ski Resort

Crested Butte Skiing


Off-Piste USA Ski Adventure Tour: 13 days / 12 nights from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Denver, Colorado - Daily Schedule:

Day 1: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Arrival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Welcome dinner with tour guide. We recommend you plan to arrive in Santa Fe one or two days early to have time to explore this jewel of a southwestern city. Hotel: Santa Fe Courtyard by Marriott.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe

Sange de Cristo mountains

Sangre de Cristo

Day 2: Santa Fe -Taos
Leave early for Taos Ski Valley and our first day of skiing. Après ski, the town of Taos with its many bars and twelve months a year live entertainment all over town. Treat yourself to sweets at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory that’s always open late.

Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley

Taos

Taos

[greenDay 3: Taos – Durango, Colorado[/green]
Another great day of skiing in Taos. When you are ready we move on to Durango, Colorado and stay at the Best Western Durango Inn & Suites. This historic mining town boasts with great restaurants, galleries, saloons, bars and three brew pubs.

Best Western Durango

Best Western

Durango and Silverton

Durango & Silverton

Day 4: Durango – Silverton
Take it easy this morning and explore the Durango’s coffee scene. Toward noon we’ll drive to Silverton on Highway 550, the Million Dollar Highway, worth its name in scenic beauty. Step back in time in the old mining town of Silverton. En route you will have a chance to take a snow mobile tour on the majestic Molas Pass. In the evening, we hit the bars and enjoy night life of Silverton. Stay at the Grand Imperial Hotel or The Teller House.

million dollar highway San Juan Mountains

Million Dollar Highway

Molas Pass

Molas Pass

Day 5: Silverton
Choose your today’s highlight from these four options: ski at the Silver Mountain Ski Area with a local guide on this hardcore mountain; book a whole day or single drops with Heli-ski at Silverton Mountain; cat-ski with the Silverton Powder Cats at Molas Pass; or book a snow mobile adventure on Molas Pass with Durango Ice Pirates.

Silverton

Silverton

Heli-Ski Silverton

Heli-Ski Silverton

Day 6: Silverton
Another fantastic day in Silverton with the same choices as yesterday: Heli- or cat-skiing, guided skiing, or snowmobiling.

Imperial Hotel, Silverton

Imperial Hotel

Powder Cats

Powder Cats

Day 7 : Silverton – Telluride
This morning we head north on the Million Dollar Highway for Telluride, with stops in the old west towns of Ouray and Ridgway. The afternoon is yours to do with as you please, exploring beautiful Telluride and resting your legs. Stay at the New Sheridan Hotel or The Victorian Inn.

Sheridan,Telluride

Sheridan, Telluride

Revelation Bowl

Revelation Bowl

Day 8: Telluride
Two options for today: hit the world-class Colorado ski slopes at Telluride Ski Area, or book a heli-skiing day with Helitrax. Telluride is ranked tops for “most scenic” ski area with its summit elevation of 13,320 feet or 4050 meters.

Helitrax

Helitrax

Ski Telluride

Ski Telluride

Day 9: Telluride
Same options as yesterday – enjoy the day on the mountain. Telluride has more than 2000 acres of skiing with 18 lifts, 127 runs, so you could easily spend a week exploring all options on the mountain.

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride by Night

Telluride by Night

Day 10: Telluride – Crested Butte
After another day of skiing or heli-skiing in Telluride, we move on to Crested Butte in the Elk Mountains, the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Crested Butte is a historic coal mining town that turned into a ski vacation town, famous for outdoor adventure without limits or crowds. Here you will experience some of Colorado’s best in-bounds extreme terrain among many intermediate runs. The town itself has a great feel with its Victorian store-fronts and true heritage. We stay at The Grand Lodge.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Day 11: Crested Butte
We will spend this day in ski paradise on “The Butte,” as the locals call it. Evening fun awaits you in this picture-perfect snowy town illuminated by white lights with over 35 restaurants, live music, bars and late-night dancing.

Third Bowl

Third Bowl

On the Mountain

On the Mountain

Day 12 : Crested Butte
Last day on skis for this ski tour. This evening we’ll celebrate at the bars of Crested Butte.

View from Silver Queen chairlift

Silver Queen chairlift

The Butte

The Butte

Day 13, Crested Butte – Denver
At the end of the day, we arrive in Denver (not before 3 pm, possibly much later). From here, you will fly home. The ski tour ends today. We recommend you book your flight for the following day. You could, of course, extend your stay to ski in Vail or Aspen. We would be happy to help you with these arrangements.

Last Run

Last Run

prayer flags on mountain

Prayer Flags

Day 14: Tour ends
Fly home from Denver, or extend your stay. We are happy to assist you with your travel plans!

Denver Airport (DEN)

Denver Airport (DEN)

Farewell!

Farewell!

Rates and Dates

Only available as a custom group tour, contact for info

14 days / 13 nights

Contact for pricing

Package includes: transportation, tour guide, 13 nights at hotels listed above, lift tickets (2 days Taos, 3 days Telluride, 2 days Crested Butte) and a welcome dinner. Minimum number of participants: 6.

All Tour Dates and Rates

Optional Activities for your Rocky Mountain Winter adventure can be booked through us with our partners – rates for 2017 upon request:

  • Heli skiing Silverton Mountain
  • Silverton Mountain lift ticket including guide
  • Cat skiing on Molas Pass near Silverton 10-14 runs
  • Snowmobiling on Molas Pass 2 hours, 3 hours, whole day
  • Heli skiing in Telluride  – instead of day lift ticket

If you have any questions about our Rocky Mountain Winter Ski Vacation, please feel free to contact us.