Day Passes on Sale from $39 per day


There’s No Place Like


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

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

Bluebird is Colorado’s newest ski area — and we’re excited to return to our location at Bear Mountain for the 2022/2023 ski season! 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 (click for directions), 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. Come check us out this winter and see what you’ve been missing out on!


Lesson Packages

Includes Day Pass, Backcountry 1, 2, or 3 Lesson, & ski or splitboard rental.

Starting at $169

BC 1 Lesson

This welcoming, beginner-friendly course is geared toward never-evers and folks who have only clicked into their bindings in the backcountry a handful of times.


Day Passes

A Day Pass provides access to the mountain, plus comforts that you won’t find in the true backcountry such as pre-set skin tracks, avalanche-managed terrain, ski patrol, a mid-mountain warming hut (with free bacon!), and more.

Starting at $39

22/23 Season Passes

Unlimited mountain access and tons of benefits including discounts, buddy passes, and more!

Starting at $249


AIARE Rescue Courses

This is a 1-day intensive course that dives into your rescue equipment and how to properly perform a rescue. There are no prerequisites; however, we recommend taking AIARE 1 beforehand.

AIARE 1 Courses

This 3-day course is the gold standard for anyone who wants to travel in or near avalanche terrain.
*Hybrid courses have pre-coursework & mandatory Zoom class prior to course.

AIARE 2 Course

Expand your knowledge of human factors, terrain management, and risk-management so that you are more prepared to make smart choices in complex terrain — and guide others to do so. 

Building a Better


bluebird backcountry ski area

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!

Learn more about our AIARE Education programs.

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.

Learn more about our backcountry education offerings.

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).

Explore rental options.

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

“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?!”

Explore Bluebird’s Trail Map


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