Peak Mountain Guides
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Alpine Highlights

Guided Backcountry Skiing
Offered every day throughout the 2014-2015 season.

Intro To Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Course

December 20-21, 2014

January 10-11, 2015

February 7-8, 2015

March 14-15, 2015

Companion Rescue Clinic

Offered every Sunday throughout the 2014-2015 season.

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
December 19-21, 2014

December 26-28, 2014

January 2-4, 2015

January 17-19, 2015

February 14-16, 2015

March 6-8, 2015

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

January 13-16, 2015

January 31-February 3, 2015

February 26-March 1, 2015

Hut Based Level 1 Avalanche Course

February 5-8, 2015

San Juan Hut Skiing Trips

February 20-22, 2015

Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course

April 6-10, 2015

April 13-17, 2015

Mt. Sneffels Ski Mountaineering Course

May 1-3, 2015

May 8-10, 2015

Why Ski with Peak Mountain Guides?

  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide on all programs. Our guides represent some of the finest outdoor teachers and leaders in the industry
  • Gain tangible backcountry skiing techniques and avalanche awareness skills. You will go home with new knowledge and improved skills for backcountry riding
  • Highest level of service and attention to detail in all aspects of your program. We go out of our way to ensure your success and enjoyment.


"The Level 1 Avalanche Course taught me fundamental skills and provided essential knowledge that will allow me to make informed decisions in the backcountry.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in avalanche safety."
Nate G.

Level 1 Avalanche Course December 2009



Small group, customized avalanche courses, ski mountaineering courses, and privately guided ski trips led by AIARE qualified instructors and AMGA certified instructors/guides.

Small Group Courses & Trips

We conduct all of our courses and trips as small group outings.  Our AIARE 1 course is conducted with a maximum of 6 students, our AIARE 2 course is conducted with a maximum of 4 students, and our ski mountaineering course is operated with just 3 students. We are the only provider in the region who offers courses and trips of this quality.  As a result, you get a customized learning environment, personalized coaching, and a truly exceptional experience. 

Industry Leading Program Design
Our programs are designed and overseen by leading avalanche education expert and AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide, Matt Wade.  Matt is an Instructor Trainer for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) in which capacity he trains and mentors the next generation of avalanche instructors.  He has been teaching avalanche courses and guiding ski mountaineering trips for fifteen years and he has numerous first ski descents to his credit.  Matt's involvement at the forefront of the ski and avalanche industry ensures you will learn the most cutting-edge and proven techniques in the field.

Exclusively AIARE Qualified Instructors & AMGA Certified Instructors/Guides
All of our ski and avalanche staff are AIARE Qualified Instructors and AMGA Certified Instructors/Guides.  In addition, they hold AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certification and have years of experience as outdoor professionals. These high credentials, coupled with our dedication to compassionate teaching and leadership, provides you with an exceptional ski and avalanche experience and an in-depth education. 


Click on any of our trips listed above or to the right to learn more!

AMGA Certification
All Peak Mountain Guides staff are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as Rock Guides, Alpine Guides, or Ski Mountaineering Guides.
Peak Mountain Guides staff members Angela Hawse, Geoff Unger, and Tim Brown are IFMGA internationally licensed guides.

Peak Mountain Guides LLC | 280 7th Avenue | PO Box 1025 | Ouray, CO 81427 | 970-325-7342 |

IFMGA internationally licensed guides