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 specialize in creating custom backcountry adventures for individuals and groups of all abilities and sizes.
Aspen Alpine Guides offers guided alpine activities for spring, summer, winter and fall. Click on the left tabs for our full Winter or Summer descriptions. We also offer a series of international trekking and climbing trips, as well as American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses.
In addition to general AAG programs we are happy to have several cross-over ski instructors who are able to teach through the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen / Snowmass. These instructors have medical certifications as well as avalanche training and are available for both kids and adults. Lessons take place on-mountain, in the side country, in the backcountry or a combination that results in Lift-Served Side-Country skiing or boarding.
New For Summer
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. Join an inspiring group of gals on a weekend hut trip (July 13-15) or a day hike from Aspen to Crested Butte with an overnight option (July 18/19).
Leave the Boys Behind: Ladies (and girls!) only hiking and backpacking trips
Our new backpacking trips for girls ages 8-15 aim to cultivate mentorship, leadership and wilderness skills.
Girls adventure backpacking trips (ages 8-12) will run June 19-21, July 7-9, July 24-26 and August 4-6.
Teen adventure backpacking trips (ages 13-15) will run July 13-15 and August 7-9.
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.
- 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