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In the winter of 2019/20, CMC partnered with the Ouray Ranger District in Southwest Colorado to host a team of Snow Rangers to assist in patrolling, visitor education, user counts, partnership development and more.  The snow rangers primarily focused their efforts in the Red Mountain Pass area, as well as the Cimarron Mountains and Uncompahgre Plateau.

As backcountry skiing becomes more and more popular, especially during the pandemic when resort skiing may be limited, it is more important than ever to have an education and enforcement presence in the Colorado mountains to help ensure safe and responsible recreation.

Become a Partner

Host a Snow Ranger on your Forest or partner with CMC to expand this program elsewhere in Colorado

Email us for more info

End of Season Report

44 Field Days, 630+ Public Contacts, 460+ Users Counted, 2 Splitboards and so much more!  Read the full 2020 report of accomplishments.

End of Season Report!

Thank you Weston!

Weston Backcountry helped outfit the 2020 Snow Rangers with Splitboards for backcountry touring.


Snow Ranger Blog

Read more about a day in the life of a snow ranger!

Read the Blog

Thank You to our Partners!


Our winter partners make it possible for us to continue doing this fun and exciting work that leads to protecting our backcountry environment. Thank you!



Check out our BSI Film!



In 2017, Wool Hat Creative produced a film about the Colorado Mountain Club's BSI program called, "Human Power: The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative".  It was selected into the Backcountry Film Festival for 2018. It showcases the partnerships and hard work that goes into protecting the Colorado backcountry for human powered use. This work will ensure that future generations will enjoy it as much as we do now. 

Watch on YouTube!