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Backcountry Skiing Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


Ski mountaineering guide Mike Soucy brings years of experience in Rocky Mountain National Park to this professional and detailed backcountry ski guidebook with over 60 routes accessible to a wide range of skiers and riders.


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“The Park,” as locals know it, is home to some of the most diverse, accessible ski terrain as well as the greatest concentration of ski mountaineering objectives in the Colorado Front Range mountains. Here you will find options from entry-level to expert, from couloirs to alpine bowls. Enjoy a social day at Hidden Valley or explore the high-alpine spring skiing from Trail Ridge Road.

In this lightweight guide that can fit in your pack, you’ll find high-quality aerial photos marked with ascent and descent indicators, individual run descriptions, slope angles, aspect, Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale ratings, parking and trailhead information and more. Designed to go along with you on your tours and accompany the Backcountry Skiing Rocky Mountain National Park Ski Map and Ski App. This is more than just a guidebook. It’s a decision-making tool. 

This 5.5” x 8.5” spiral-bound book covers the following zones: Fall River South, Fall River North, Lower and Upper Hidden Valley, Bear Lake Trailhead, Odessa Gorge, Tyndall Gorge, Chaos Canyon, Glacier Gorge Trailhead, Loch Vale, Andrews Creek, Upper Glacier Gorge, Longs Peak, Longs + Meeker South, Lion Lake, and the Colorado River Trailhead.


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Weight.7 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in
Lou Dawson
Lou Dawson@wildsnow
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"This is the kind of publication that helps you arrive cold as an out-of-towner, find the “skinners” and have at it while pounding fluffy Colorado pow and laughing at the over-priced ski lifts."
West Elk Project
West Elk Project@westelkproject
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"It neatly lays out the elevations, descent lengths, aspects, trailhead directions, winter maintenance and parking info, snowmobile access, skin tracks, and exit info. That combined with helpful photos, give backcountry travelers a very good idea of what is going on."
Frank Konsella
Frank Konsella@14erskiers
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"Sovick’s book contains established skin tracks, preferred routes, etiquette, and notes on terrain traps, gullies and avalanche paths. It also assumes all users are trained in avalanche avoidance and rescue, and includes AIARE’s “Communication Checklist,” which includes tips for facilitating teamwork and good decision-making."
GriffOn the Berthoud Pass Ski Atlas
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"These books are great for quick references, re-capping tours and pre-planning. They are small and light and pack well too."
BeauOn the Light Tours of Colorado Ski Atlas
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"A well composed guidebook with lots of great suggestions, many of which I have already skied."
ReginaOn the Crystal Mountain Book
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"Gifted this to my son at Christmas. He loved it! And it exceeded his expectations."
MasonOn the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Atlas
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"I want to thank you for making the best ski guidebooks out there. Your books are a big reason why I’m able to explore the backcountry around Snoqualmie Pass."