In the late morning or early afternoon, meet your guides at the Aspen airport and head out into a winter wonderland. We’ll get fitted on backcountry skis and take a warmup outing through the plentiful powder, making sure that everything feels right for tomorrow’s big adventure. On our first evening in Aspen, dive head first into the après ski scene followed by dinner at our favorite local restaurant.
Accomplished: 1-4 hours warmup backcountry skiing
Accommodations: Hotel Jerome
Fuel up with Hotel Jerome’s incredible breakfast, then say goodbye to civilization as we set off into the backcountry. Ski through pine forests, alpine meadows, and dramatic bowls en route to our mountain refuge for the next two nights. After a hearty lunch, Chris will lead us to some of his favorite secret slopes—the fresh powder runs really are a treat after the workout of skinning up. In the late afternoon, we’ll ski back to the hut, catch a sunset over the Rockies, and savor a well-earned Alpine dinner.
On the mountain, our days begin with hot coffee, 360-degree vistas, and the smell of snow-dusted spruce. The best part? No lifts, no lines, and no crowds: it’s pure powder straight out the door. Today Chris takes us up into the bowls for an epic day and doles out tips for improving technique and style (with plenty of opportunity to test them out on climbs and descents alike). Enjoy the best view of the day over lunch. Whether your legs or the daylight quits first, we’ll regroup for dinner at the hut. Relish our last remote evening totally relaxed and unplugged, sharing beers or a bottle of wine with friends.
On our last morning at the cozy cabin, we’ll have a camp-style breakfast, strap on our skis, and head back towards Aspen. Of course, there’s no rush to get back to civilization—Chris will head up whatever route includes the best runs for the day’s conditions. Skin up the high ridges to catch some panoramic views or test your newfound skills on more challenging pitches. We can relive all the day’s feats over a cold beer back in town, followed by a final dinner at Chris’s favorite local hangout.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 3-6 hours backcountry skiing
Accommodations: Hotel Jerome
Today we’ll trade out our backcountry equipment in favor of downhill skis for an insider’s tour of Aspen Snowmass, and no one knows the off-piste terrain better than Chris. With an incredible variety, you’ll get the best runs on perfect powder, plus coaching from one of the world’s leading big mountain skiers. But the intel doesn’t stop on the slopes—these insiders also know the very best locale for lunch. At day’s end, say goodbye to Dav and catch a flight home, or stay a few extra nights in the Rockies if you’ve fallen under Aspen’s spell.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: full day skiing Aspen Snowmass
DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.
Airport City: Aspen, CO Pick-Up Location: Aspen Airport Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Airport City: Aspen, CO Drop-Off Location: Aspen Airport Drop-Off Time: 4:00 pm
Travelers Take Note
During the backcountry portion of the itinerary, we offer two options for accommodations: backcountry huts are more rustic and vary greatly in the style of accommodation—from simple bunks with sleeping bags to private rooms with WiFi—while Smith Cabin is a luxury vacation property. Please contact a Travel Specialist with your desired dates and group size for a personalized proposal.
Weather and snow conditions may necessitate route changes in order to provide the safest possible experience.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
For the latest travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic—including quarantine requirements—please review Colorado’s state travel guidelines.
Meet Chris Davenport
Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.
He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. When not traveling the globe Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three boys.
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- Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
- Luggage transfers
- Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
- 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
- Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal
- Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
- Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
- Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
- Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
- Bike helmet
- Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
- GPS in most destinations
- Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
- Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
- Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
- Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
- Backcountry ski gear
- Avalanche equipment
- Downhill ski gear and ski pass on Day 5