Our Book

Front cover art – our friend Elliot Halverson climbing the south face of Teakettle Mountain in the San Juans.

Brian and Ben started skiing high Colorado peaks in the winter of 2009. Brian’s skiing roots go back to the East Coast where he lived prior to 2006, while Ben’s come from the Vail Valley in the late-80’s where he grew up. In 2011, Ben and Brian began skiing together on a regular basis, racking up numerous descents in all major mountain ranges of Colorado (primarily through a certain stubbornness, and a willingness to put tens of thousands of miles on their cars every year). By 2012 they had compiled a decent amount of firsthand experience on a diverse set of peaks throughout the state, including many 14ers, 13ers, and 12ers, and so the idea of a guidebook was born.

Two years later, “Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains: 50 Select Ski Descents” was published on February 18th, 2014 by Falcon Guides. 304 pages in length, the book features an introduction section complete with spring backcountry travel best practices and gear recommendations. The meat of the book consists of route descriptions, maps, and color photos for 56 ski descents on 52 different peaks in all major ranges of Colorado. Each chapter also has a recommendation for the all-important post-climb meal locale.

It is Ben and Brian’s sincere hope that the readers of their book will find it informative and inspirational, providing ideas and quality beta for many years of skiing in Colorado’s backcountry. See the book’s tag line, links for purchase, reviews, and more below.  You can also find supplemental trip reports for most of the peaks in the book right here at Exploring the Rockies.

Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains is a select guidebook to 50 of the most classic, aesthetic, and iconic backcountry ski descents in the state of Colorado. The book provides accurate information to backcountry skiers and snowboarders, including overviews, maps, photos, and route descriptions for each of the selected 50 descents, while at the same time spurring the reader on to investigate peaks and areas outside of those featured in the book. Unlike other guidebooks, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains focus on peaks of all elevations located in all ranges throughout the state, including many 13ers and 14ers but also some smaller, more accessible peaks, representing a comprehensive mix of some of the best backcountry skiing Colorado has to offer.

Back cover art – a shot of Brian and Rick climbing the final few feet to the summit of East Geissler Mountain in 2013.