Vail Backcountry Skiing

Filed in Ski Day Tours, Vail Winter Activities Paragon Guides 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 the 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.

Book a PRIVATE Backcountry Ski Tour HERE

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

Black Crows French Backcountry Skis  Dynafit Ski Equipmet  Blizzard Sports Ski Equipment

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


  • $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  –  CLOSED
    Easy Easy Level Tour 

  • Dec 14, Sat, Vail Pass -Avalanche Awareness  –  CLOSED
    Blue Medium Level Tour

  • Dec 23, Monday, Christmas Tour – Powder Turns  –  CLOSED
    Green Easy Level TourBlue Medium Level Tour

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

  • Jan 11, Saturday,  Chicago Ridge – CLOSED
    Black Advanced Level Tour

  • Jan 19, Sunday, Bald Mountain  – CLOSED
    Blue Medium Level Tour

  • Feb 8, Saturday, North Comando Run – CLOSED
    Black Advanced Level Tour **point-to-point $20 add. shuttle fee**

  • Feb 14, Friday, Valentine’s Day Tour – CLOSED
    Green Easy Level TourBlue Medium Level Tour

  • Feb 22, Saturday, Vail Pass – Redcliff – CLOSED
    Blue Medium Level Tour  **point-to-point $20 add. shuttle fee**

  • Feb 29, Saturday, Vail Pass  – SOLD OUT – Waitlist available
    Black Advanced Level Tour

  • Mar 13, Friday, Chicago Ridge – SOLD OUT – Waitlist available
    Green Easy Level TourBlue Medium Level Tour 

  • Mar 22, Sunday, Uneva Peak – Free Demo  – SOLD OUT – Waitlist available
    Blue Medium Level Tour

  • Mar 28, Saturday Bald Mountain – Summit Attempt – SOLD OUT – Waitlist available
    Black Advanced Level Tour

  • Apr 10, Friday, Shrine Mountain – Spring touring  – SOLD OUT – Waitlist available
    Blue Medium Level Tour

  • Apr 25, Saturday,  Corn Harvest – Something for everyone – 2 spaces open
    Green Easy Level TourBlue Medium Level TourBlack Advanced Level Tour

* 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 on 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

MORE TOUR OPTIONS – call to sign up  970-926-5299

Intro to Backcountry Skiing    This day tour package will allow you to experience top of the line touring gear by Black Crows, Blizard, and Dynafit, as well as knowledge from a guide on how to use it.  We can either pick you up or meet at our shop in Edwards.  Paragon will outfit you with gear that you will need for the day, before we head on a ski tour.  This a great opportunity to see if backcountry skiing is for you.  Most tours occur at Meadow Mountain. 

  • Tour – Full Day
  • Transportation – Included
  • Equipment Rental -Included 
  • Lunch – Included.
  • 1 person $425 per person
  • 2 people $235 per person
  • 3 people $185 per person
  • 4 people $155 per person

Gear Tour – The goal of the tour is to answers any questions you may have on your equipment and provide tips and techniques that will improve your experience in the backcountry.  Tours can focus on Touring Gear, Avalanche Gear, Winter Survival, Hut Trip Preparation or let us know the skills you want to build on. Most tours occur at Meadow Mountain.

  • Tour. 3 hours. 9AM-12 or 1 PM- 4 PM
  • Transportation – Not Included
  • Equipment Rental – Not Included
  • 1-3 People – $330
  • Add a 4th person for only $70

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