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As backcountry skiing becomes more and more popular, it is more important than ever to have an education and enforcement presence in the Colorado mountains to help ensure safe and responsible recreation.  The CMC Snow Ranger program supports a team on the Ouray & Grand Valley Ranger Districts in Western Colorado 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 and Grand Mesa, as well as the Cimarron Mountains and Uncompahgre Plateau.

In 2022, the Snow Ranger Program will be featured in the Backcountry Film Festival shown across Colorado and the country.  Watch the film trailer and find a screening near you to support the program!

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

107 Field Days, 1,060 Public Contacts, over 500 Visitor Use Assessments, and so much more!  Read the full 2021/22 report of accomplishments.

End of Season Report!

Thank you Black Diamond!

Black Diamond Equipment helped outfit the 2021 & 2022 Snow Rangers with touring equipment, uniforms & avalanche gear.


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!