Cripple Creek Backcountry in Vail Village specializes in backcountry, uphill and ski mountaineering gear. Whether you're into resort fitness activities such as skinning uphill in bounds, or weather pioneering an out-there skin track is more of your thing, Cripple Creek Backcountry is well equipped to meet your gear needs. This store is full of active and technical ski clothing for men and women, and it's the place to find backcountry skis, bindings, poles and avalanche gear, including beacons, shovels and probes. Cripple Creek Backcountry also rents backcountry skiing and avalanche gear, so if you need to get outfitted from head to toe for a hut trip, this place will provide what you need. Be on the lookout for community events such as avalanche-awareness classes and group ski tours or skinning sessions. With beers on tap and a fancy espresso machine, Cripple Creek Backcountry is also a place where skiers can hang out, share knowledge and build the community that goes a long way in supporting a safe and enjoyable backcountry skiing culture in Vail — and way beyond.
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