Discover the unrivalled powder, breathtaking views, and spectacular mountains of Colorado. Situated in Colorado’s West Elk mountain range Irwin boasts a greater concentration of fresh powder than almost anywhere else on Earth. With high altitudes and cold temperatures, the resulting fluffy powder is a dream to glide through. After a day’s piste skiing on immaculately groomed runs, relax in the comfort of your mountain lodge in readiness for your next epic adventure. Awake each morning to find a custom-designed snowcat waiting to provide you access to more than a thousand acres of exclusive ski terrain. Irwin receives around 38ft of snow a season, three times its nearest town of Crested Butte, resulting in seriously deep powder only reachable by snowcat. The snowcat will drop you at the foot of Scarp Ridge situated at 3,600 metres. From here you will skin up 300 metres to reach the summit of Mount Emmons where you will gain awe-inspiring views across the Elk Mountains, before gliding back down through the pristine powder.
With diverse terrain, there is something to suit everyone in this iconic ski area. For advanced skiers, challenging terrain can be found varying from open alpine bowls, steep narrow chutes, couloirs, and tight tree skiing. With cliffs and rock bands, there is the chance to catch between 5-40 feet of air, alongside low angle, wide-open runs that even relaxed skiers can experience the magic of powder skiing. These unique conditions are envied throughout the world. The magically remote location gives a rare feel of wilderness where you can revel in the beauty of solitude alongside just your group and the mountains for company. Your Pelorus guides will find the best terrain to meet each of your personal desires and abilities, catering to everyone’s needs. Protected trees and glades provide for better visibility, even on the stormy days that result in the world-renowned powder that falls here.