Women Who Splitboard

Splitboard Mountaineering Course on Guanella Pass

Date and Time
Firday, March 24 AM, – Sunday, March 26 PM, 2023 

Julie’s Cabin
Guanella Pass, CO

Hut Based Women's Splitboard Mountaineering Course

This course is for those with a strong foundation of backcountry skills, who want to learn how to travel through technical terrain on splitboards. In this 3-day course we will focus on learning the ins and outs of the technical gear, techniques, as well as utilize practical application of using those skills in steep terrain. Learn skills including ice axe and crampon use, rope-work in the ski mountaineering world, advanced terrain management, and more. This hut-based course includes 3 days and 2 nights in the hut and also breakfasts and dinners. Join like minded women and take your splitboarding to the next level!

What You Will Learn


  • Introduction and overview of technical gear
  • Ropework; knots, tie-ins, belays, anchors, & rappelling
  • Ice axe; including self-arrest, belay & climbing techniques
  • Crampon usage

Trip Preperation

  • Advanced trip planning and route selection
  • Rescue and emergency preparation


  • Techniques for traveling through technical terrain
  • Steep skinning and bootpacking techniques
  • Climbing and snowboarding couloirs
    Steep riding

Course Dates Location & Duration

  • Dates: Friday, March 24 (AM) to Sunday, March 26 (PM), 2023
  • Duration: Three days & two nights
    Julies Cabin at duck Lake, amenities include running water, propane heat, fireplace electric lights, Starlink, indoor toilet sleeps
  • Location: Julie’s is a historical hut location situated on Guanella Pass at 11,000 feet in the Front Range of Colorado. The original lodge and cabins, known as “Alpendorf on the Lake” served as the family get away for the Coors family. From 1955 until 1957, when the lodge burned down, Duck Lake operated as a small ski area with one chair lift moving skiers up approximately 500 feet to enjoy turns down to the cabins. While the Lift has stopped the turns have not and we are now operating two rustic cabins that host a variety of backcountry adventures and is immediately adjacent to the abandoned Geneva Basin Ski Resort. Even better,Julie’s provides quick access to high alpine terrain for our course

Trip Itinerary

  • PreTrip: Students will be contacted directly from their guide no later than 2 weeks before course start to discuss trip details.

  • Day One: Meet at trailhead, gear up, and tour to the cabin. Afternoon gear overview and then potentially travel into the field for short tour.

  • Day Two: Full day in the field learning and practicing skills such as ice axe/crampon use, rope-work including belay and rappel techniques, and techniques on how to travel through technical terrain.

  • Day Three: Attempt an objective to climb and ski/ride to practice some of the newly learned skills. Return to cabin, pack gear and travel out of field.

Price Includes

  • Price: $899/Person
  • Two breakfast & two Dinners
  • Qualified and professional Instructors
  • Lodging
  • 3:1 maximum client:guide ratio
  • Technical gear if needed

Price Does Not Include

  • Air­fare
  • Trans­porta­tion to designated meeting place
  • Food for lunch/snacks (in the field)
  • Clothing and gear (see FAQ for recommendations)
  • Guide gra­tu­ities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)

Guide Team

  • Sarah MacGregor (AMGA Asst. Splitboard Guide & Apr. Alpine/Rock Guide, AIARE Avalanche Instructor)

  • Sarah Janin (AMGA Certified Rock Guide & Apr. Splitboard/Alpine Guide, AIARE Avalanche Instructor, Wilderness First Responder Instructor)

  • Rhema Wiarda Women Who Splitboard, (Pro1 certification, splitboard guide)

Note: Call 970.893.8007 to save booking fees.