Peak Mountain Guides
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Alpine Highlights

Guided Backcountry Skiing
Offered every day throughout the 2016-2017 season.

Intro To Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Course

Offered every Saturday throughout the season.

Companion Rescue Clinic

Offered every Sunday throughout the season.

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
December 15-17, 2017

December 22-24, 2017

December 29-31, 2017

January 5-7, 2018

January 13-14, 2018

February 9-11, 2018

February 17-19, 2018

March 2-4, 2018

March 9-11, 2017

March 16-18, 2018

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

January 27-29, 2018

February 24-26, 2018

Hut Based Level 1 Avalanche Course

March 9-12, 2017

San Juan Hut Skiing Trips

Ridgway Hut Trip February 4-6, 2017

Custom Dates Available Throughout the Season

Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course

April 3-7, 2017

April 10-14, 2017

Mt. Sneffels Ski Mountaineering Course

April 21-24, 2017

April 28-May 1, 2017

May 5-8, 2017

Why Ski with Peak Mountain Guides?

  • AMGA Certified Instructors/Guides 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 5 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
Peak Mountain Guides staff members Angela Hawse, Geoff Unger, and Tim Brown are AMGA certified American Mountain Guides and IFMGA internationally licensed guides.

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

IFMGA internationally licensed guides