Sunrise on Mt. Mansfield from Sterling Pond. (Sunrise Mountain Guides)
Backcountry and sidecountry ski touring are all the rage now, but heading out of bounds without some experience can be at best a frustrating undertaking and at worst a dangerous one. SnoCountry.com has found the prefect combo of ski hotels that not only offer the comforts of a destination resort, but guide service to bring your adventure goals to reality.
“Most people I’ve skied with just bought AT gear and want to learn how to use it,” Steve Nichipor, director of guided programs at Bretton Woods and the Omni Mount Washington Resort told SnoCountry.com. “It’s amazing what you can learn about putting skins on and off, going up the hill, saving energy. You can get through a backcountry tour not knowing that stuff, but learning from someone else’s experience rather than trial and error is much more enjoyable.”
Nichipor says the best time of the year in New Hampshire to tour the backcountry is usually early spring, but conditions are different every year. He can take you on a winter ascent of Mount Washington, backcountry skiing in Tuckerman Ravine or ice climbing on Frankenstein Cliff.
Nichipor suggests making reservations at least a couple of weeks in advance, and several months in advance if you’re looking for a guided trip on holiday week.
In partnership with Aspen Expeditions Worldwide the Uphill/Downhill package at The St. Regis Aspen Resort includes a day of skinning, daily fitness and yoga classes, an altitude recovery massage, and a three-night-stay at The St. Regis Aspen Resort.
With Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Destination Discovery, you’ll experience their unique destination from a local’s perspective. Adventurers can arrange for a two-hour intro to backcountry skiing clinic or a backcountry day tour with Sunrise Mountain Guides. The two-hour clinic covers proper equipment selection, trip planning and technique. Explore the “Ranch Valley” while learning the fundamentals of touring the winter back woods.
With easy slopeside location at Alta, Alta Lodge offers experienced ski and mountain guides for alpine ski tours in Utah’s spectacular backcountry or for climbing the frozen waterfalls of the Wasatch. Instruction and guided activities are offered to individuals and groups of all levels of physical ability. For an extended trip, try the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour.