Colorado Backcountry

Colorado Backcountry is owned by Crested Butte locals Janae and Ben Pritchett. They have an impressive list of accomplishments between the two of them. But beyond that, they are just really nice, thoughtful people who like playing in the mountains at least as much as you do. During the winter, they guide backcountry skiing. During the summer, they focus on being hike and mountain bike guides. Their mountain bike options range from two hour skills clinics up to multi-day mountain bike guiding.

Guided Rides

Colorado Backcountry offers full-day (4-8 hours) and half-day (3-4 hours) guided rides just for you and your group. Rates depend on the amount of people you’re bringing. You can see more information or book a trip directly on Colorado Backcountry’s website.

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Summer 2018 Trips, Lessons, and Clinics


Backcountry Bike Academy wants you to ride with your friends, not chase them.  Shred-Prep camps are four weeks of progressive instruction, meeting one time per week for four weeks.  Refine the skills you have and some learn new ones. We will plan on riding in Crested Butte if weather and trails permit. Otherwise we’ll be in Gunnison. Ladies Camps & Dudes Camps… just because! You choose your level. All levels welcome at each session. $160 for all four weeks.

  • Ladies Tuesdays in April- April 3, 10, 17, and 24. Gunnison.​
  • Ladies Wednesdays in May- May 9, 16, 23, and 30. Crested Butte (Gunnison if needed due to weather).
  • Ladies Tuesdays in June- June 5, 12, 19, and 26. Crested Butte.
  • Dudes Tuesdays in May- May 8, 15, 22, and 29. Crested Butte (Gunnison if needed due to weather).

To snag your spot on any of these Shred-Prep Camps visit

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Backcountry Bike Academy’s most popular camps that offer a magical two day experience of bonding with your bike while diving deep into the most essential skills of mountain biking. $375.

  • May 26-27, 2018 Crested Butte/Gunnison
  • July 16-17, 2018 Crested Butte

To sign up for one of these Gunnison Valley Two-Day Skills Intensive Camps visit

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What’s a bike-cation?  It’s a multi-day skills clinic wrapped into the experience of a lifetime with epic, guided backcountry riding.   These trips are specifically designed for women who love to ride and want to improve their skills and confidence, and be pushed, in a supportive and fun environment.  Every day includes skills sessions wrapped into shredding Colorado’s best singletrack. Daily gourmet lunch, snacks, happy hours, shuttles (when needed), & Colorado’s best guides/instructors included.  Ladies should be able to ride for three days in a row, but may choose to opt out at any time.  Daily rides may vary from in length from 8 to 20 miles.  Advanced beginner riders and above please.  We will split into groups as necessary.

  • Crested Butte Bike-Cation. Optional lift-served riding on July 19. Prices range from $450-$1100.

For more information and daily itineraries, please click here for Crested Butte . Lodging options are available.

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