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hereAvalanche Courses

Avalanche Courses

Your most important backcountry skill will always be education.  Let the Vail Valley’s original guiding service educate you on how to safely navigate the hazards of the winter snowpack with AIARE Avalanche Courses We offer two courses: AIARE Level 1  &  AIARE Companion Rescue Why Paragon Guides? Legacy – We have been guiding in the Vail […]

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hereWinter Hut Route Map

Filed in Hut Trips by on September 30, 2015
Winter Hut Route Map

Paragon Gudes Winter Hut Route Map * not intended for navigation The Map controls at bottom of image will enable you to Zoom In/Out and move map to intended area

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hereNordic Skiing

Nordic Skiing

 Cross-country ski tour. Indulge yourself in winters beauty on a cross country ski tour.  Join your private guide on a solo outing, or travel with family, friends, and colleagues. Perfect for beginning and experienced skiers, or anyone seeking a memorable winter escape. 4-6 hours Includes cross-country skis, boots, poles, gaiters, instruction, and lunch Paragon Guides […]

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hereBenedict 100

Benedict 100

Ski tour Aspen to Vail  Expected return Winter of 2021! Traverse the heart of Colorado’s central Rockies on skis from Aspen to Vail. This upcoming winter, Paragon Guides leads this six ­day, 100-mile backcountry tour that connects five 10th Mountain Division Huts. The tour honors 10th Mountain Division veteran and hut system founder, Fritz Benedict. […]

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hereBackcountry Ski FAQ

Filed in Hut Trips, Ski Day Tours, Winter Adventures by on September 15, 2015
Backcountry Ski FAQ

Backcountry Ski FAQ What is the difference between alpine, cross-country, and backcountry skis? Alpine skis are great for lift-service ski areas because of their locked down heels, wide bases and metal edges. Little to no flat terrain is encountered with this equipment.   Cross-country skis are great for moving over flat to rolling terrain because the […]

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hereKurt Kincel

Filed in Paragon Guides Professionals by on September 15, 2015
Kurt Kincel

Kurt Kincel Kurt started his mountaineering career in the wooded hills of upstate New York. After a climbing trip through the Western states, the move to Colorado was inevitable. For more than a decade Colorado has been his “base camp” for further adventures both Kurt Kincel Paragon Guidesguiding and personal pursuits, ranging from Canada to […]

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hereRochelle Ford

Filed in Paragon Guides Professionals by on September 15, 2015
Rochelle Ford

Rochelle Ford Rochelle_FordRochelle has worked with Paragon since the winter of 2008. A native to Colorado she has lived in the area since she was a teenager. On skis or snowshoes she enjoys exploring the mountains near her place in Vail. Rochelle is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and has an AIARE Level 2 […]

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herePam Gibbs

Filed in Paragon Guides Professionals by on September 15, 2015
Pam Gibbs

Pam Gibbs Pam describes herself as a soul with a perpetual drive to understand life. She first followed a more conventional approach, studying Plant Biology at Wellesley College and then completing full graduate level studies in Biology at Brown University. She then opted to continue the quest by returning to her childhood love of wild […]

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hereRyland Gardner

Filed in Paragon Guides Professionals by on September 15, 2015
Ryland Gardner

Ryland Gardner Ryland Gardner has been guiding for Paragon Guides since . He moved to the west from Virginia after college and has lived in or close to the Rocky Mountains since. Ryland has a Master of Arts from Prescott College in Natural Science and Environmental Education and his passion for the natural history and […]

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hereMeredith Goldberg

Filed in Paragon Guides Professionals by on September 15, 2015
Meredith Goldberg

Meredith Goldberg Born and raised in northeastern New Jersey, Meredith spent the happier moments of her childhood “romping” in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire Mountains. She graduated from Colgate University in 1989 with a BA in English Literature and immediately moved to Colorado, following the undeniable pull of the mountains even before in was fully […]

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