There’s No Place Like


come ski powder at colorado’s first and only backcountry ski area

Thank you for our best season yet! We are now closed for 22/23. More info on next year coming soon…

Colorado’s backcountry ski area: All of the soul, none of the chairlifts.

Bluebird is Colorado’s newest ski area — from skiing with your dog and beginner-friendly hut trips to live music and free bacon, we are proud to be the friendliest and most unique ski mountain in the universe

Bluebird is located at Bear Mountain, on the Continental Divide between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling in northern Colorado, and offers 1,200+ acres of in-bounds terrain, 28 runs, 11 marked skin tracks, and endless stoke for skiers and riders of all skill levels. 

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We do things differently here.

Avalanche-managed backcountry, ski patrol, skin tracks instead of chairlifts, slopeside parking instead of crowded lots, great terrain without all the hype, a culture of education, and a grassroots scene chock full of campfires and live music. Our team is passionate about all things backcountry, and is ready to welcome you to our fun and quirky backcountry playground.

With on-site ski patrol and constant monitoring of our in-bounds terrain, Bluebird Backcountry allows everyone to enjoy backcountry skiing and snowboarding, regardless of your avalanche education.

We know the backcountry can be intimidating, so we created a place where you can ski more & worry less.

Bluebird Backcountry is the only ski area in the world designed for backcountry education. We are one of the nation’s leading AIARE providers, and our entire avalanche education team has been thoroughly trained and certified. Step into our classroom and see for yourself!

We have a backcountry lesson progression that is perfect for those brand new to backcountry skiing and splitboarding, and offer education all the way up to advanced courses in ski mountaineering and beyond.

We know getting started in backcountry touring is intimidating, we have rentals on-site to make it easy. We have everything you need for a day of backcountry skiing or splitboarding, including snow safety gear rentals (beacon, shovel & probe).

We allow (and encourage) the best parts of skiing in Colorado:

  • Rustic on-site overnight accommodations reminiscent of a traditional hut trip
  • Camping in our main parking lot, perfect for the #vanlife
  • Bring your dog to ski with you!
  • Zero lift lines = happiness

“An absolutely incredible experience. Lovely staff that are both kind and knowledgeable.”

“From the moment I stepped out of my car to the moment I got back in, the entire experience was enjoyable and well thought out. The staff was super friendly and was happy to guide me through their ticketing/orientation process. The emphasis on safety was impressive… If you are curious about ski touring but don’t want to buy all the gear up front there is no cheaper and stress free way to test out this wonderful outdoor activity. Additionally, if you are a more experienced backcountry skier, then this place is still awesome…Overall, the emphasis on safety is unmatched, and the smiles-for-miles factor is off the charts. Just ski Bluebird Backcountry.”

“We had a fantastic experience taking our dog to Bluebird for his first Backcountry trip. All the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The terrain was great and well maintained – plenty of untracked powder. I only wish we had more days to spend there!”

“The best ski experience ever. Already bough our passes for the upcoming ski season. Friendliest most relaxed ski experience while being the most energy expending ski experience. Cranked up to 11!”

“Awesome experience at Bluebird. It’s an idea that hopefully will take off in other areas of the country but as far as Bluebird goes, as long as they’re operating in CO I’ll make it a point to go wherever they are. The “leave no trace” concept was blown out of the water with how amazing everything looked when the season was done. Bluebird is ran by some stellar individuals to include their volunteers. Till next time!!”

“This place is amazing! Such a great idea, and great vibes. Highly recommend whether you are an advanced bc skier or brand new- super welcoming to those who are wanting to get into the sport. Also. Bacon and S’mores. What else do ya need?!”

You belong at Bluebird.

From green to extreme, there is something for everyone at Bluebird Backcountry. Check out our epic terrain at Bear Mountain. 


Start Here at the Base Area, also the main parking lot & camping area


The Perch: restrooms, ski patrol & occasionally free bacon


Summit of Bear Mountain: incredible views & stellar double black couloirs up top, epic black runs lower down


Summit of West Bowl: Amazing green & blue runs through aspen trees


The Far Side: great blue & black runs with amazing afternoon sun


Pucker Shoots: Double black couloirs off the summit of Bear Mountain

We’re Changing the Ski Industry