Quick Facts

  • Our terrain demands a strong intermediate or expert skiing or snowboarding ability to enjoy this guided backcountry adventure.
  • Our avalanche and injury safety records are second to none.
  • We offer the free use of powder skis or powder snowboards.
  • We serve a hearty lunch of sandwiches, snacks and cookies. We are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
  • We are a 5 mile drive from the Copper Mountain exit, an easy 15 mile commute from the Vail exit, and we are 35-40 minutes from Breckenridge and Beaver Creek.
  • We meet at the Vail Pass Rest Area, exit 190 of Interstate 70.

Frequently Asked Questions

Owner/operators, Ben and Jenna Bartosz, bring over 45 years of combined experience guiding backcountry skiing and riding in the VPG terrain. This coming season will mark Ben’s 28th year and Jenna’s 19th year snowcat skiing up on Vail Pass. The Bartosz’ also have additional years of experience guiding other outdoor activities, teaching skiing, and guiding for other ski companies.

Ben and Jenna have enjoyed employing a handful of fellow guides for over a decade that bring specializations with them that perfectly compliment VPG.

All of our guides are vaccinated for COVID, have a minimum of Level 2 avalanche training, and Wilderness First Responder, EMT, OEC or WFR medical training. Also, all Vail Powder Guides are core soul-skiers who are committed to empowering our guests to ensure everyone has a magical POWDER day.


During the upcoming 2021-22 season, Vail Powder Guides will continue to offer powder skiing to intact buyouts of our snowcat.
We are booked for the upcoming powder season.
Please check back as we may post potential openings here.
We ask that everyone arrive vaccinated against COVID.
If anyone scheduled to ski with us is experiencing any symptoms of sick, please stay home. We strongly recommend mask wearing. We will be riding in a breezy, well heated, snowcat cabin and masks will be encouraged at all times-except while making powder turns.
For more information about these precautions or Vail Powder Guides' upcoming season and reservations, please email us at info@vailpowderguides.com or call us at 719-486-6