New year, new things…there are exciting changes and updates afoot at Bluebird Backcountry. We can’t wait for you to experience our new trail, stay on-site in Bluebird’s lodging, and meet our avalanche dog! Sharpen your backcountry skills with our updated course offerings, including hut-based AIARE 1 courses. Remember – opening day is Thursday, December 29th, and we’ll be open Thursday through Monday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
Read on to find out what’s new for the 22/23 season.
4 Packs Only Available in the Pre-Season
We’re selling shareable 4 packs of Day Passes up until the mountain opens! 4 Packs are the most flexible way to experience Bluebird. You can bring four friends, your family, or ski four separate days yourself! You don’t need to make a reservation to ski at Bluebird with a shareable 4 Pack. You can just show up with your crew! Or yourself. Four. different. times.
Get your shareable 4 Pack before opening day and don’t miss out on the most laid back, friend group friendly ski day in Colorado.
Tiered Day Pass Pricing
This season, our Day Pass pricing is tiered. This means that we have a limited number of $39 day passes for sale each day. When they’re gone, the price will increase. So, the earlier you buy your day pass, the better! Make sure to get yours before prices go up.
Hut-Based AIARE 1 Courses
If you’re looking to take your AIARE 1 course in a hut trip-style setting, this is the class for you! You’ve got two options for hut-based AIARE courses: a hybrid hut-based AIARE course and a 3-day, select hut-based AIARE course.
Our $899 hybrid hut-based AIARE class is similar to our hybrid AIARE 1 course, except…you’ll spend Saturday night at our hut!
Our $1395 select hut-based AIARE course is a 3-day course with a brief evening Zoom beforehand to discuss logistics. You’ll spend two nights up at Bluebird’s fully-furnished hut – there’ll be hot showers, incredible views, and cozy fireplaces waiting for you after a long day of learning. You won’t need to worry about bringing your own food for our select hut-based AIARE course. You’ll have chef prepared breakfasts and dinners, and we’ll provide provisions for lunch in the field.
Hut-based AIARE courses will be limited to 12 participants, which means it’s the perfect chance to learn in a smaller group and meet new people. Please note that our hut-based AIARE courses are only offered at the AIARE 1 level.
New Education Course Offerings
We’ve got a bunch of new and advanced course offerings this season at Bluebird! Whether you’re looking to brush up on your avalanche knowledge or want to dive into ski mountaineering, the Bluebird education team is stoked to share their expertise with you.
New courses include:
- Wilderness First Aid
- Hut Trip 101
- Avalanche Refresher
- Maps in the Real World
- Skiing with Your Dog
- Ski Mountaineering
- Women’s Clinic
Keep your eyes out for announcements about these courses — spots will fill up quickly!
On-site, overnight accommodations
This year, we are offering on-site, overnight accommodations Wednesday through Sunday at Bluebird Backcountry.
We’ve got a variety of accommodation options available – there’s something for every skier! Our skin-to domes are the perfect choice for a group wanting a hut trip-style stay at Bluebird. The Grizzly Hostel is great for solo skiers or a group of 5. Our charming Brown Bear Cabins sleep 2 guests and provide a cozy, rustic experience you won’t find on any other mountain.
Living the #vanlife? Don’t worry – Bluebird will continue to offer camping this year for $25. Camping includes access to a shared kitchen and outhouses.
Consider your ski trip simplified – not only are there no crowds at Bluebird, our new lodging options make it easy to keep the joy of skiing going for multi-day trips.
We’ve got a new trail!
We’re opening a new trail this season at Bluebird Backcountry – Disco Picnic! We can’t wait for our guests to try it out (…and to throw some disco picnics of their own).
Glading on Ursa Minor and Ursa Major
You asked, we listened…we’ve made big improvements to trail conditions on Ursa Minor and Ursa Major this year. Our team has been hard at work up there clearing fallen trees, trimming low hanging branches, and removing other hazards. We think it’s gonna ski pretty nice…
Improvements to the access road
Making it easier to get to Bluebird means more sweet days on Bear Mountain for everyone! We made improvements to our access road’s drainage system and added road base over the off-season. We’re aiming to improve road safety for our guests and working to minimize muddy vehicles come springtime.
Penny the Avalanche Dog
We’re excited for you to meet Penny, our avalanche dog, this year! Penny is a 1 and a half year old golden retriever. Penny has cousins at search and rescue programs around the US. When she’s not on duty, she loves to play tug of war. We can’t wait for her to get started at Bluebird!
Dog Days, Every Day
Remember when dogs were only allowed at Bluebird on weekdays? Well, that was last year. This year, dogs can ski with you every day that we’re open (Thur-Mon).
New Season Pass Benefits
Season passholders have unlimited, no-reservation access to the mountain all winter long. This year we’re bringing back all of our popular season pass benefits, plus some great new additions:
- Unlimited and guaranteed mountain access; no reservations required
- 1 Guest Pass (up to $59 value, no blackouts)
- 5 Buddy Codes for 20% off day passes (up to $59 value)
- 5 Nights of Camping ($125 value)
- Unlimited Dog Passes ($10/day value)
- 2 Lift Tickets to Arapahoe Basin (up to $316 value, no blackouts)
- NEW! 3 Lift Tickets to Powderhorn Mountain Resort
- NEW! 2 Lift Tickets to Monarch Mountain
- NEW! 1 Lift Ticket to Sunlight Mountain Resort
- NEW! 30% off all daily equipment rentals
- And so much more
Click here to learn more about 22/23 season pass benefits.