In this 8 hour introduction to ski touring, we will cover the basic fundamental skills needed to enjoy a ski tour.  Proper layering, nutrition, what equipment to bring, downhill and uphill travel techniques will all be demonstrated, discussed and practiced during our intro course. Not only will this course improve your uphill efficiency, but also introduce or reinforce winter outdoor etiquette and principles of environmental stewardship.  Join us for a memorable experience in the backcountry!


Pay a 50% deposit per item

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Minimum Eligibility Criteria: Ability to comfortably ski black diamond runs at the ski area, ability to ski uphill for 1,500 vertical feet over several miles


Length: 8 hours


Maximum Ratio: 6 participants, 1 guide


Minimum Age: Under 18 will need written consent from parent/guardian   This course is not an avalanche or avalanche rescue course.  For those skills, it is recommended to participate in a AAA approved avalanche education program.


  • Equipment overview, layering and nutrition
  • Leave No Trace Principles 
  • Equipment management
  • Uphill travel techniques
  • Downhill travel techniques
  • Basic Avalanche Transceiver Search Techniques

Price Includes

Does Include:

  • AMGA Trained/Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group Climbing Equipment
  • Ropes
    • Technical Hardware – carabiners, protection, belay device, etc
    • Technical Softgoods – slings, cordelette, anchor rope, etc
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Harness

Does Not Include:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Trip/cancellation Insurance
  • Non-technical Personal Items – clothing, pack, sunglasses, etc
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Park Entrance Fees (if applicable)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Unforeseen costs incurred outside of the control of SAI

Equipment List

Clothing   Bottom

  • Midweight synthetic bottom
  • Synthetic underwear
  • Midweight softshell or hardshell pants


  • Lightweight longsleeve top
  • Midweight longsleeve top – with hood recommended
  • Sports Bra
  • Midweight softshell Jacket with hood
  • Non-insulated waterproof shell jacket with hood – should fit over your softshell jacket 
  • Down or synthetic heavyweight insulated puffy jacket – should fit over the outside of all your layers


  • Wool or synthetic beanie
  • Buff or Balaclava
  • Face Mask (PPE) – n95 or similar
  • Sunglasses – full sun protection with 100% UV protection 
  • Ski Goggles


  • 2 pairs of mid or heavyweight water resistant ski gloves – with a leather palm


  • 1 pair wool or synthetic mid-weight socks – ski socks are great
  • Touring specific ski boots with a ski/walk mechanism
    • E.X. Scarpa Mastraele

Technical Equipment 

  • Skis: 90-110mm underfoot with touring bindings (compatible with your boots) – 
  • Adjustable length ski poles
  • Ski Helmet
  • Modern, 3 antenna avalanche transceiver
  • Avalanche probe – 280cm or longer
  • Avalanche shovel
  • (optional) snow saw

*Ski equipment can be rented from Bent Gate Mountaineering in Golden, CO   Food

  • 2L of water or hot drink/water combo
  • 1500-2000 calories of food – energy bars, pre-made sandwiches, fruits, etc


  • Backpack – 30-35L: Ski specific with designated avalanche tools pocket
  • 2L of water carrying capacity total.  1 water bottle and 1 thermos is great
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Smartphone



Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.


Q:What am I responsible to bring?

A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment. 


Q:How fit should I be for my course?

A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end.  While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.


Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?

A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.


Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?

A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages.  For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course. 


Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?

A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family. 


Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?

A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us. 


Q: Do you offer lodging options?

A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!


Please review our cancellation policy here.


Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.