Bluebird Backcountry is the first and only fully human-powered, inbounds backcountry ski area in the country. With a mission to make backcountry skiing safer and easier to learn, our operation features a 1,200-acre avalanche-evaluated and ski-patrolled area with zero chairlifts. Guests come to try backcountry skiing, develop their backcountry skills, and explore new terrain in a relatively safe, welcoming, social, and COVID-friendly backcountry environment. In short, we bring together the comforts of a ski resort, the expertise of a guide service, and the adventure of the true backcountry. We are located on the Continental Divide in Colorado, halfway between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs (just over a 30-minute drive from both).
Our team has a welcoming, energetic, get-it-done culture. We are excited to introduce a new way to think about skiing… and to see just how far we can take the Bluebird Backcountry concept.
Our Education Program is the core of Bluebird Backcountry. For many participants, Bluebird will be their very first taste of the backcountry. During our test seasons in 2019 and 2020, we taught an Intro to Backcountry lesson to more than 500 students. For our upcoming 2020–21 season, we’re excited to expand our suite of educational programs. We are developing curricula and intend to teach refresher courses, intermediate backcountry skills, and AIARE programs such as Rec 1, Rec 2, and Avalanche Rescue, among others.
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