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Hiking hut-to-hut in Colorado

Aspen Alpine Guides is headquartered in Aspen, Colorado, and has been providing quality mountain guiding adventures year-round since 1987. Guided summer and winter trips include hiking in Aspen and around Aspen, backcountry skiing, out of bounds lift assisted skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, hut-to-hut trips, and high altitude training for runners and cyclists. They are one of six outfitters authorized to guide on the rugged 350-mile 10th Mountain Division Hut-to-hut system; they guide winter and summer trips including their challenging four-day, three-night Aspen Alpine Legacy Ski Tour hut-to-hut with stays at Benedict Hut, McNamara Hut, and Margy’s Hut. 

Rock climbing in the Roaring Fork Valley

Beginner and intermediate rock climbing experiences on Independence Pass and in the Roaring Fork Valley. Instruction in basic rock skills, knots, belaying and movement on rock. All equipment including climbing shoes, helmets, harnesses, ropes and anchors is included.

Hiking in Aspen and Crested Butte

Full and half-day Aspen hikes and Crested Butte hikes encompass a range of trails for hiking in Aspen and around Aspen and Crested Butte from beginner trails to steep and rocky for experienced, in-shape hikers.

Backpacking and hut-to-hut trips in the Rocky Mountains

Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Hut System offers a variety of ways to explore the Rocky Mountain backcountry that includes a rustic roof overhead and a comfortable bed for sleeping. Either stay in one hut or link together several, all in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

Climbing Colorado’s 14ers

Different degrees of difficulty mean that Colorado’s 14ers are a challenge for all levels of climbers. Peaks include North and South Maroon (the Bells), Pyramid Peak, Snowmass Mountain, Capital Peak, Mount Sopris, Elbert, La Piata and Castle and Conundrum Peaks. Pyramid, the Bells and Capital require a mandatory qualification and training day prior to the climb. All safety equipment including helmets, harnesses, ropes and anchors are included.

Mountain biking in the Aspen / Snowmass area

The Aspen/Snowmass area offers world class single track through the peaks and valleys of neighboring mountains. Bike through an aspen grove, ride technical downhill or ride along the Rio Grande. Some hut-to-hut trips are available.

Running to the tops of Aspen mountains

With endless trails leading right out of town to the tops of nearby mountains, Aspen is a runner’s paradise.

Backcountry skiing in the Colorado Mountains

Day tours and peak ascents for backcountry skiers. Introduction full day ski tours, intermediate ski tours, and advanced ski tours are available. Sample venues included among a dozen or more options include, Upper Hunter Creek Valley (introductory), Green Mountain (intermediate), and Hayden Peak (advanced).

Snowshoeing in the Aspen area

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to see Aspen hiking trails in winter. Half or full day trips travel through aspen groves, snow filled forests, wide open valleys or wintery ridge lines. Medically trained and certified guides know winter snowshoe hiking in Aspen and the Aspen area and will plan routes based on an individual’s experience and conditioning to take on these winter Aspen hiking trails

Avalanche safety training in the Rocky Mountains

Aspen Alpine Guides is partnered with The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and offers a comprehensive schedule of avalanche courses that follow the curriculum for Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain from AIARE.

Read more on the the Aspen Alpine Guides website

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