Front Range Mountain Guides of Colorado

Snow II
Guided Snow Climbs

Where : Front Range Mountains, Colorado
Length : One day, With some climbs requiring an overnight camp
When : November - Mid June. Any day of the week.
Max Climbers : Up to 6
Cost : $ 170 ea / $ 225 Private

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These mountain ascents are geared for the person who is new to climbing mountains by snow covered routes and wants to experience what it’s all about. Climbing a peak is a nice way to break up a few days of skiing time in Colorado and experience reaching a true summit.

To join us on one of these climbs, you need not have any previous climbing experience, however you should be in reasonably good aerobic condition. We climb peaks in this program ranging from 12,500’ to 14,000’ in elevation, varying from 4 to 8 miles round trip in distance, and 6 to 9 hours in duration.

Our selection of which Colorado Peak we climb is made sometimes a day or so before the scheduled date to insure you are going to a peak where the snow conditions are safe, enjoyable, and reasonably matched with your level of physical conditioning. We have a maximum group of five persons on these climbs to insure a somewhat personalized experience for everyone on the climbing team.

Winter climbs typically begin by meeting around 6:30am at a prearranged location, then a short drive to a trailhead, where we gear up. Typically, we are on the summit before noon and back to the car by early or mid afternoon.

These climbs require the use of plastic boots, sometimes with snow shoes, or even crampons, along with trekking poles. If you have completed our Snow I, Introduction to Snow Climbing course, you can also choose to do a slightly more challenging ascent using crampons, ice axe, and possibly roping up for all or part of the ascent.

No previous roped climbing experience is needed other than the Introduction to Snow Climbing course we offer. However, if you have some other snow climbing experience on other peaks in other places, call us and we’ll work with you on an appropriate climb for your specific ability and level of experience.

Spring and summer courses only require heavy Gortex lined or waterproof treated (Snowseal) all-leather exterior boots, which can be rented from us if you don’t own a pair.

A typical spring or early summer route will begin by meeting at a designated area at 4:30am or camping at a trailhead the evening before, hiking in and climbing the route, reaching the summit before noon, and returning to the trailhead by early to mid afternoon. We may need snowshoes and poles in April or May for some routes, depending on conditions.

All equipment needed for any of these climbs is offered in our rental gear program, items either separately, or in a package at an additional cost. Check our rental gear out on the main menu under “Rental Gear” and also the “Gear List” and “General Information” using the link above on this page for more details on gear and clothing requirements.

This has been a very popular climbing adventure and the stepping stone for many people to go to higher and more challenging peaks in Colorado and elsewhere in the world.

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