Women’s Climbing & Backcountry Skiing Programs

Chicks Climbing & Skiing welcomes and empowers women through an educational progression of technical skills in climbing and backcountry skiing experiences.

Since 1999, Chicks has offered women-only instruction to help women become CONFIDENT and SELF-SUFFICIENT climbers and skiers and provide the opportunity for women to connect to strengthen the community of outdoor women.

Chicks proudly stand out from other guide services and women’s outdoor groups with the COUNTRY’S MOST HIGHLY TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS, many of whom are influential luminaries in the world of climbing and skiing.

Our programs cover the basics but also go much deeper. A LIFELONG LEARNING APPROACH TO ADVENTURE is powerful. Chicks support women to emerge as leaders in climbing and skiing as well as in their communities at large.

CHICKS WANTED for an adventurous journey.
No wages, bitter cold and hot sun, long hours learning to climb and ski with other adventurous women under the strict tutelage of the most experienced and highly credentialed female guides in the U.S.


“I am in awe of your technical expertise and knowledge and your ability to impart those skills during your clinics. I have continually been challenged by each and every one of you and have pushed myself to limits I never knew I was capable of. I have learned so much from you all, not just about climbing, but about myself, and all the while having fun doing it.”

Diane- Ouray, CO 

“What I enjoyed most about the clinic was the entire group was very welcoming, learning technical skills and climbing with guides that were very supportive and had a great attitude.” 

Nancy- Lima, OH

Update COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

Updated May 25, 2020

While we are safer at home, we recognize that some people have started climbing again and we are planning for courses this summer, when the transmission of COVID-19 has been reduced to a level act we can reasonably resume operations with COVID-19 risk mitigation measures.  

We have been monitoring CDC guidelines, Phases of Recovery in each state that we run courses, and local land management policies. Given the extraordinary uncertainty, we have modified our Cancellation Policy to the following:

If we have to cancel a course:

  • Full refund minus $50 administration fee or give you credit toward a future course

If you have to cancel for a course:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – Full refund minus $50 administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund

If you show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within 2 weeks of your course, we ask that you notify us immediately and that you not attend.  We will apply your course fee to a future course. For more information on the latest government recommendations, click on the following links: