Cripple Creek is teaming up with Aspen Expeditions to offer an affordable day of guided skiing to help hone your backcountry skills. 

Unlike most countries in the world, the United States does not require guides to obtain certifications to take guests into the mountains. Instead, all they need is some first aid training and the relevant permits so they can operate as a commercial business. We believe that guiding certifications should be an industry standard. Wouldn't you go to a Board Certified Physician for any medical needs? 

When hiring a guide, you should be looking for either an IFMGA/UIAGM (International) or AMGA (American) Certified Guide. The IFMGA certification can be thought of as the ‘PH.D’ of guiding. Those who have earned this distinction have expertise in choosing an objective that corresponds to the current conditions, guests ability and will likely possess information on "secret" areas to avoid the public.  Mountain Guides not only deliver the goods in the hills, but they keep you safe with extensive training in Weather Forecasting, Avalanche Education and Medical Certification.  


'Intro to Ski Touring' With Aspen Expeditions


Join Cripple Creek and Aspen Expeditions this winter for our 'Intro to Ski-Touring' Course!


For the 2019/20 season, Cripple Creek is teaming up with Aspen Expeditions to offer an ‘Intro to Ski Touring’ class. This guided half day experience will be offered the second Tuesday of every month and is designed to help skiers bridge the gap from resort skiing to safe and fun backcountry travel. The tour will move slowly through un groomed backcountry terrain as fundamental concepts about gear and moving safely through terrain will be discussed. Since their inception in 1977, Aspen Expeditions has been recognized as one of the most accredited guiding operations in the company. If you’re looking to get into the sport, then this is an incredible opportunity to get out into the backcountry with an accredited guide.


2019/20 Dates

December 10th

January 14th

February 11th

March 10th


If you’re looking for an international excursion, Vetta Mountain Guides LLC is a year round guiding operation based in Chamonix, France.  Owners Rob Copolillo and Mike Arnold are both International Licensed Mountain Guides (IFMGA via AMGA). They offer guided outings and trainings in Rock Climbing, Alpine Climbing, Ski Mountaineering and Avalanche Education.   Beyond the typical mountain adventures, Rob and Mikes passion for culture and community sets them aside from other outfitters. Whether your visiting the Museums in the Dolomites or Coastal B.C, to the fine cuisine of the local people. Vetta will give the complete mountain experience. Check out or for more information contact us at