Where is Bluebird Backcountry located?

In April 2019 we are testing our concept at Winter Park Resort. In March 2019 we also prototyped over four days at Mosquito Pass, Colorado. 

We don’t yet have a long-term home for Bluebird Backcountry. We’re collecting survey data to better understand what skiers and snowboarders are looking for in a backcountry ski area.

Have an idea for a location? Let us know! 

Where is Bluebird Backcountry located?

We don’t have a location yet—just an idea. We’re collecting survey data to better understand what skiers and snowboarders are looking for in a “backcountry ski area.”

Have an idea for a location? Let us know! 

What is Bluebird Backcountry?

It’s an idea: a backcountry ski area designed for learning and adventure. We believe that a backcountry ski area would make learning easier, safer, and more affordable.

We envision a welcoming experience with all the basics in one place: rentals, lessons, education, ski patrol, easy skin tracks up, and a variety of avalanche-controlled terrain for the down. Just like a traditional ski area—but without the chairlifts (or $100+ lift tickets).

Why might skiers want a backcountry ski area?

  • Trying backcountry skiing is intimidating and difficult to learn unless you know someone who is willing to mentor you. Bluebird Backcountry will allow more people to try the sport in a friendly learning environment without putting themselves in danger.
  • Bluebird Backcountry will offer a unique alternative winter recreation experience to traditional ski resorts. We imagine more powder, fewer crowds, and a rootsy ski culture where it’s easy to meet new partners and friends.
  • For solo skiers, uphillers, and advanced backcountry skiers, Bluebird Backcountry will be a safe place to visit when high or extreme avalanche danger might otherwise shut down your day.
  • Bluebird Backcountry will be a great place for advanced backcountry travelers to introduce their friends and family to the sport.

Isn’t this just like Silverton Mountain?

Silverton helped pioneer sidecountry (backcountry-like terrain accessed via chairlift), and they’re a great place to go for “Colorado’s steepest heli & lift-served skiing.” We love skiing at Silverton, but we have a different vision for Bluebird Backcountry:

  • A purely human-powered experience
  • Plenty of mellow terrain in addition to steeps
  • An experience designed primarily to educate and introduce people to backcountry skiing

We are aware of numerous locations in the U.S., Canada, and beyond that provide part (but not all) of the experience we imagine for Bluebird Backcountry.

Why are you starting this?

  • Our lives have been personally enriched by the magic of skiing and snowboarding through untracked backcountry. We want more people to access and benefit from the joy of backcountry skiing.
  • Additionally, we hope to guide more entry-level skiers and snowboarders to make smart choices in the backcountry and inspire them to get the appropriate training before venturing out of bounds.
  • We believe that a lot of people are looking for an alternative to traditional resorts—but they’re not sure where to begin in the backcountry. Our aim is to make that transition easier, to provide a place for like-minded skiers and riders to gather, and to bring back the soul of skiing.

Want to get involved?

Please fill out this interest form, and we’ll get you plugged in. 

Have another question?

Please use our contact form. We’d love to hear from you.


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