Koi, I'll look into them for you. $400 for a level I though? That sounds like the standard rate to me. Maybe even a tad bit more. Are they using snowcats or some sort of transportation.
FOBP has two guide companies that we consult with, partly because they are recognized nationally as some of the best in the field. In the San Juans Silverton Avalanche School is top notch. For more front range operations Alpine World Ascents is world class. AWA has a permit to teach on Berthoud Pass. So in addition to learning your level I, you would learn some of the layout of Bert which would be a local area for you.
There are of course several guide services who are top notch in the state. San Juan Mountain Guides may be one of them. Usually the San Juan outfitters are.
Monarch Pass is really fun too. Been a couple of seasons since I've gone down there. That spot is a easy drive from the springs in comparison to going to the more popular front range areas. After you do your L1, we'll have to do a tour around there and I can show you the ins and outs of that pass. Bert is always on for me too. There are other spots of course.
Last edited by killclimbz; 09-21-2013 at 10:26 AM.