Vail Backcountry Skiing

Filed in Ski Day Tours, Winter Featured by on September 9, 2015

Backcountry skiing in Vail, CO is the reason we live, play and work here. Let our professional guides safely lead you to the untracked powder experience away from the bustle of the ski resort. Earn your turns beyond the ropes, ski like skiing was meant to be, and come experience the other side of Vail with Paragon Guides.

We offer two options:

Private Guided Skiing  &  Weekly Group Tours


Private Guided Skiing

A private tour is best way to experience the backcountry on your own terms. Our professional guides will give you an experience built for your groups pace, skill level, and outcomes. Ski all day or casually tour through the mountains – it’s up to you.

Call to Book a Guide 970-926-5299

What You Get

  • Guides: Maximum participant to guide ratio of 4:1 
  • Itinerary: 5 – 7 hours in length. While we never guarantee perfect conditions, our guides will do their best to find the best snow possible
  • Transportation: We will pick you up and drop you off
  • Food: Lunch is provided from one of our local vendors along with snacks
  • Gear: Avalanche gear included (beacon, shovel, probe, ski pack), Ski touring rentals are 15% for private day tours
  • Rental: Our demo fleet of alpine touring and telemark gear features the latest offerings from Dynafit, Blackcrows, and Blizzard. $60 additional fee per day

bclogowite  dynafit-horizontal-white-leopard-dark-background  yiv8ojd2

Why Paragon Guides

  • Experience: Paragon has been guiding backcountry skiing in Colorado since 1978.
  • Reputation: The majority of our participants come back year after year. Click HERE to see what our previous clients think about us.
  • Terrain: We have one of the most extensive permits in the White River National Forest.
  • Gear: We have some of the best and lightest touring gear available on the market

20160419_111238Vail Backcountry Skiing Prices:

  • 1 person $395 per person
  • 2 people $235 per person
  • 3 people $185 per person
  • 4 people $155 per person

Backcountry Skiing Venues:

  • Vail Pass – Our preferred zone with ample snowfall and
  • Chicago Ridge near the Ski Cooper Ski Resort
  • Spraddle Creek and Bald Mountain outside of Vail
  • Meadow Mountain outside of Minturn, CO

Weekly Group Tours – $110

Our prescheduled group tours are affordable, laid back, and a great way to learn new skills or terrain. No, we don’t make you lunch but we DO show you some great places to ski and manage the avalanche hazard. These casual tours are open to all experience levels.

Logistics and Details 

  • All tours require a THREE person minimum to go.  Don’t worry, we will let you know, 36 hrs in advance.  Max group size is 10 people.  If a tour has only 1 or 2 people, there is an option to change to private tour rates rather than cancelling.  Our office will be in touch with options as needed.  *Almost all tours in 2019 sold out, so the likelyhood of a tour running is high!  Which also means Sign Up well ahead of the tour date.*  Cancellations within 36 hours of the tour are charged for the tour.
  • These tours are a chance to meet new people, see new areas, and enjoy the backcountry on a guided tour.  However, tours are NOT meant as an Introduction to Backcountry Skiing. Participants are asked to know their equipment and a be ready to be out in all winter conditions.  We have added a downhill ski rating to each of the tours that rates the ski and fitness skills that will be need for the tour. 

  • Bring your own Food and Water

  • Lightweight touring setups available for rent – $75 for an AT package (skis, boots, skins, & poles)
  • Avalanche rescue gear INCLUDED!!
  • Drive yourself or car pool with us.  Pick-up times : Unless otherwise noted by guide.
    • 8AM PG office – 210 Edwards, Village Blvd. B107.  (Edwards Commercial Park)
    • 8:30AM Meadow Mountain
    • 9AM Trailhead


  • $800 gets you into TEN tours of your choice.  Use like a punch card for friends and family.  Two Free Rental Packages as included (one day rentals).
  • $500 gets you into SIX tours of your choice. Use like a six time punch card for friends and family. Two Free Rental Packages as included (one day rentals).
  • Pass is not refundable if not used.  Credit options may be available.
  • Cancellations within 48 hours of the tour uses tour spaces unless the spot can be resold.

2019-20 Tour Dates  :

Register for Group Tours Here

  • Nov 23, Sat, Turkey Tour – Green

  • Dec 14, Sat, Vail Pass -Avalanche Awareness – Blue

  • Dec 23, Monday, Christmas Tour – Powder Turns  Green/Blue

  • Dec 31, Tuesday, New Year Eve Tour – Uneva Peak – Blue

  • Jan 11, Saturday,  Chicago Ridge – Black♦

  • Jan 19, Sunday, Bald Mountain – Blue

  • Feb 8, Saturday, Vail Pass – North Comando Run*-  Black♦

  • Feb 14, Friday, Valentine’s Day Tour – Bring a date for 1/2 price Green/Blue

  • Feb 17, Monday, President’s Day – Blue

  • Feb 29, Saturday, Vail Pass to Red Cliff* – Black♦

  • Mar 14, Saturday, Chicago Ridge – Green/Blue

  • Mar 22, Sunday, Uneva Peak – Free Demo – Blue

  • Mar 28, Saturday Bald Mountain – Summit Attempt – Black♦

  • Apr 12, Sunday, Shrine Mountain – Spring touring – Blue

  • Apr 25, Saturday,  Corn Harvest – Something for everyone.

* Point to point tour with additional shuttle pick up.  Tour charge:  $130 per person

*** SOLD OUT doesn’t mean out of luck.  Things change around a lot.  If you’d like to join a tour, sign up on-line and get in the list.  We’ll let you know if spots open. ***

– Tours may be altered due to weather, snow conditions, and other factors.

Register for Group Tours Here

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments are closed.