Winter Backcountry

Know Before You Go

Winter Backcountry

If you plan to head into the backcountry this winter, do so with safety in mind. Don't head out into Colorado's backcountry unless you know what you're doing or are with someone who does.

Before you go: 

  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your vehicle. Include extra supplies like water, food, sunscreen, and warm layers.
  • Know your limits. Have the proper training or bring an experienced friend or use a professional guide. Be confident in your ability to use your equipment safely and competently by seeking education and training.
  • 10th Mountain Division Huts and Alfred A Braun Huts are a wonderful Colorado tradition. Guide companies offer guided trips to the huts as well. 
  • Must have items: 
    • Backpack
    • Water
    • First aid kit
    • Backcountry shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Avalanche transceiver
    • Extra pair of dry gloves
    • Extra dry hat
    • Flashlight
    • Food that is high energy


Avalanche preparedness: 


In the backcountry:

  • Prevent accidents and injury, so that Search and Rescue teams are not unnecessarily burdened. You are not only putting your own life at risk but your rescuers lives and safety as well. 
Colorado Winter Backcountry Safety Information
Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Pledge
A Mountain Rescue Member's Approach to Backcountry Preparedness
10th Mountain Division Huts
Find Your Perfect Colorado Backcountry Adventure with Safety in Mind
Tips for Planning a Backcountry Ski Trip
Winter Backcountry Camping Checklist