Aspen Alpine Guides

Aspen Alpine Guides is a professional guide service, that has provided quality mountain guiding adventures year-round in Aspen Colorado since 1987. AAG is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.

Our adventures include guided summer and winter trips including hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, snow-shoeing, cross country ski instruction and tours, backcountry skiing, out of bounds lift assisted skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, hut trips on the 10th Mountain Hut System, and High Altitude Training for runners and Cyclists. We also offer a series of international trekking and climbing trips, as well as American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses. We specialize in creating custom backcountry adventures for individuals and groups of all abilities and sizes.

New For Summer

Leave the Boys Behind: Ladies (and girls!) only hiking and backpacking trips

Ladies: mark your calendars! Leave the Boys Behind, an outdoor initiative created by women for women is offering a collection of great trips this summer. 

Summer 2016 Trips:
Girls Backpacking Trips, 4 day, 3 night trips in the Aspen Backcountry:           
  • July 12th - 15th, Ages 12-14
  • August 2nd - 5th, Ages 9-11
Teen Hut Trip to Margys Hut, 3 days and 2 nights:
  • July 25th - 27th, Ages 13-17
Mother Daughter Hut Trip to Shrine Mountain Inn, 3 days and 2 nights:
  • July 18th - 20th, Ages 7-10 with their mothers
Adult Hut Trip to Shrine Mountain Inn, 3 days and 2 nights:
  • August 9th - 11th
 Check out the LBB website for more info!


AAG guides retain several of the following certifications, are active members in professional organizations, and maintain active training schedules. Our guides instruct and train year-round with a curriculum of AIARE Avalanche Courses as well as Winter and Summer Mountaineering Skills Courses.

Guiding Principles: Aspen Alpine Guides

  • We at Aspen Alpine Guides strive to provide a model for an individual-focused guide service that continues to maintain safety, leadership and passion for the outdoors.
  • Our commitment to providing outstanding guides ensures that our guides are able to work towards their goals and create memorable experiences.
  • We are committed to being a resource to the community by sharing our passion for teaching and education.
  • We foster a mutual respect and appreciation for environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyles.
  • We continue to commit to our guests’ goals by guiding with integrity, authenticity and passion. Above all, we value the relationships we have built with our guests and each other.

Note: This document was created in the Spring of 2013 in a collaborative process by the guides from Aspen Alpine Guides.

Medical Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder: WFR
  • Emergency Medical Tech: EMT
  • Outdoor Emergency Care: OEC
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: CPR

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Avalanche Association: AAA
  • American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education: AIARE
  • American Mountain Guide Association: AMGA
  • Desert Mountain Medicine: DMM
  • International Federation of Mountain Guides Association: IFMGA
  • Leave No Trace: LNT
  • Mountain Rescue Aspen: MRA
  • National Outdoor Leadership School: NOLS
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America: PSIA

Our Partners

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ute mountaineer American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) 10th Mountain Division Hut Association
Aspen Ski Company