Youth Programming: 

Middle school night
 – Friday 2/7 from 8-11pm at the Gunnison Rec Center. Swimming, games, snacks, music and laser tag. 

Backcountry Ski Days – For youth who have completed the Avalanche Safety Course or an AIARE course in the past there is the opportunity to do a guided backcountry ski day through Ben Pritchett with Colorado Backcountry. We will meet at 8am to make a plan and look at maps of our terrain from there we will do a backcountry ski tour. You will need to provide your own touring skis or split board and avalanche safety gear. Choice Pass and help pay for gear if needed. It is $30 for the guided day. RSVP to to reserve a space!

  • March 1st 
  • March 22nd

Irwin Guides Outdoor Youth Leadership Program 

We have the Irwin Guides Outdoor Youth Leadership Program June 13-19. Learn skills and leadership on this seven day and six night river and mountain experience. Open to youth ages 14-18 with the ability to live and work together among peers. Demonstration of motivation, leadership experience, and interest in the outdoors. Adequate fitness for a week of intense outdoor challenges. One letter of recommendation and application due May 11th. $300 for Choice Pass youth and $500 for other youth. Contact or 970-641-7612 for application and questions.

Grand Traverse team raising funds for Choice Pass!

We are thrilled to announce we have a team skiing the Grand Traverse to raise funds for Choice Pass! The Grand Traverse is a 40-mile ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen. Teams of two race through the night into the early hours of March 29th. Each step, minute, mile, and hour of training will help raise funds for youth scholarships, parent education, and youth programming with the ultimate goal of the community supporting healthy and thriving young people up and down the Gunnison Valley.

Donate today to help us reach our goal of $7,500 by race day 3/29/2020! All donations are tax-deductible.


Track our athletes Matt Estrada and John Hausdoerffer on their training journey through our blog!

Emily Mirza

Youth Programming Coordinator

Gunnison County Dept. of Juvenile Services

200 E. Virginia Ave, Gunnison Co 81230

p: 970-641-7612


Donate to the Choice Pass Component Fund here –