Thanks for scoring first tracks with us!

In March 2019, we prototyped our Bluebird Backcountry concept with 100 guests over four days at Mosquito Pass, Colorado.

This was our first on-snow experience in our grand quest to open a backcountry ski area.

Bluebird Backcountry @ Mosquito Pass

Mosquito Pass is one of the most beautiful and untracked alpine zones in the state. We grouped skiers/splitboarders with similar abilities and backcountry knowledge into groups that were guided by a professional from Colorado Mountain School. Our goals for the day were to have fun, explore easy/intermediate terrain, and impart some basic backcountry knowledge, such as using equipment, reading terrain, traveling uphill, and transitioning efficiently. 

Who was this for?

  • Experienced and fit resort skiers who were curious to try backcountry skiing.
  • Novice and fit backcountry skiers who wanted to get outside and learn more.

What’s this all about?

Bluebird Backcountry’s long-term goal is to open an avalanche-controlled backcountry ski area. We hope such an area will enhance backcountry education and introduce more people to the spirit and soul of the backcountry. These launch days at Mosquito Pass were designed to give novices a taste of winter travel and backcountry knowledge. We offered a fun and educational experience while also learning a lot about what guests would want and need at a backcountry ski area.

Over four days we recorded 300+ observations, collected 95 surveys, and made 44 on-the-fly adjustments to our programming.

What do I need to sign up?

  • No previous backcountry experience required!
  • Fitness: you should be a solid resort skier (comfortable skiing ungroomed black or blue runs) who is able and excited to travel 3–5 miles at altitude, gaining at least 1,000’
  • Backpack with avalanche gear: beacon, shovel, probe. Thanks to our partner, Ortovox, packs with this gear are available for rent through Bluebird Backcountry @ $29/day
  • Ski gear: ski poles and backcountry-specific boots, skis/splitboard, and skins (our partners Bentgate MountaineeringCripple Creek BackcountryMountain Outfitters, and Neptune Mountaineering are offering steep discounts on rentals to Bluebird Backcountry participants while supplies last: $60/day for touring boots, skis, skins, and poles. More information upon registration.)
  • Appropriate clothing, food, and water for a day in the backcountry (packing list will be provided upon registration)
  • Transportation (4-wheel drive HIGHLY recommended and carpooling encouraged) that can get you to and from the parking area for Mosquito Pass, at the intersection of CR12 and CR 696 outside of Alma, CO

North London Mill Preservation, Inc.

Bluebird Backcountry is a proud partner of North London Mill Preservation, Inc. (NoLo), a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit that’s rehabilitating the historic North London Mill and Mining Office as a backcountry hut. They’ve secured major funding from History Colorado State Historical Fund and the Gates Family Foundation. And, thanks to NoLo, our guests got to take part in an exclusive tour of the site during our time on skis in Mosquito Pass. 

Thank you to our many partners!

High fives to the U.S. Forest ServiceColorado Mountain SchoolOrtovoxNorth London Mill Preservation, Inc.Mosquito Pass, LLC; MineWater LLCIreland StapletonBentgate MountaineeringCripple Creek Backcountry; Mountain Outfitters; and Neptune Mountaineering. Mosquito Pass is located in the Pike & San Isabel National Forest.


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