7 Winter Backcountry Tips

        If you head into the Colorado backcountry this winter, please be sure you’re prepared. Check out the resources below before you enter the backcountry. And have a fun and safe trip!

        Staying Safe in the Backcountry in Winter

        If you venture into the backcountry this winter, please do so safely. We can help! The Colorado Tourism Office has put together an extensive Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Toolkit. Check it out to:

        1) Be Backcountry Smart

        Before you hit the trails, check out this overview of how to be backcountry smart.

        2) Find Guides, Outfitters & Training

        Find outfitters in Leadville/Twin Lakes for fat biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling.

        3) Prepare for Travel in Avalanche Country

        Before you head out, pull up the daily avalanche forecast from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and enter your trip location in the search bar. Please keep in mind that these forecasts cover a large area, and Colorado has many microclimates. Please watch carefully for avalanche conditions as you travel your route.

        4) Take a Winter Backcountry Safety Class.

        Check out these winter safety classes, including the Weston Slay from Home and Colorado Mountain School Online Avalanche Awareness classes, which you can take before leaving home.

        5) Find Resources by Sport

        Find how-to and safety resources by sport, from snowshoeing and skinning to winter wildlife viewing.

        Backcountry skiing near Leadville @vntrbirds

        Photo: @vntrbirds

        6) Leave No Trace in Winter

        Learn how you can leave no trace while enjoying backcountry snowsports.

        7) Donate to Colorado Search & Rescue

        When you donate to Lake County Search & Rescue, you help those who help others.

        Know Before You Go

        We want you to have an amazing trip! Please be sure you know how to play it safe in Colorado’s backcountry. Approach our majestic mountains with respect. And have a safe and unforgettable time!

        Featured photo: @bvmountainadventures

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