Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe

Your guide will find the best backcountry skiing conditions in Truckee & North Lake Tahoe & show you the goods! Once we're in the zone we'll make as many laps as time & legs allow. Guided backcountry skiing in Truckee on Castle Peak, Donner Summit, Lake Run, Silver Peak, Deep Creek, Frog Lake Huts & Mount Rose.
Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe

Grab your splitboard or your skis and your avy gear and join us for our flavor of the week! Each Saturday our guides will pick a zone with the best snow to show you around.  We'll meet at the trailhead and skin up and ski down until it's time to call it a day.

Venues include various locations throughout North and South Lake Tahoe.

Requisite Experience 

Tahoe Tours are for backcountry riders looking to simply have a fun day in the backcountry and meet other skiers.   

This program is for experienced backcountry riders and to make sure everyone has a good time, we require that you:

  • Are Proficient at Using Your Gear.  If you are not, consider taking the Intro to Backcountry, an excellent way to gain a basic understanding of ski touring.
  • Can Ride Advanced Terrain at a ski resort.  The course venue may be in fairly benign terrain, but it is important that riders have an advanced riding ability to manage the highly variable snow conditions we experience in the backcountry.  These conditions are typically very different from those found at ski resorts, even in off-piste resort terrain.
  • Have Appropriate Gear.  Ski touring bindings or splitboards are much more functional than snowshoes.  Please do not plan on using snowshoes during this course as it can impede the progress of the team.  Likewise, a safety concern for the team is having functional avalanche tools, including:
    • Digital Beacon (newer than 5 years old or recently checked by the manufacturer)
    • High Quality Aluminum Shovel (plastic blades often break in dense avalanche debris)
    • High Quality Probe (modern, quick-draw style)
    • Avalanche Gear Can Be Rented Here

Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Tour - North Lake Tahoe
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Available Dates

November 10, 2022
November 11, 2022
November 12, 2022
November 13, 2022
December 6, 2022
December 10, 2022
December 17, 2022
December 24, 2022
December 29, 2022
December 31, 2022
January 2, 2023
January 7, 2023
January 14, 2023
January 21, 2023
January 28, 2023
February 4, 2023
February 11, 2023
February 18, 2023
February 25, 2023
March 4, 2023
March 11, 2023
March 18, 2023
March 25, 2023
April 1, 2023
April 8, 2023
April 15, 2023


ProgramPrice Per Person
California Ski Touring/Mountaineering 
Skier to Guide Ratio 


8:00 am  Meet your guide at the trailhead and review the plan for the day. The guide will discuss the avalanche problem for the day, the proposed route up and options for the ascent and descent.  The guide will conduct a Trailhead Departure Check/Beacon Check.

8:30 am  Tour into our objective for the day and ski as many laps as time will allow on the best snow available.

3:30 pm  Return to the trailhead with enough daylight to have a margin to get back safely.




Gear Guide / Packing List

Backcountry Touring Gear

❏ Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboard - Light to Midweight Setup with “Tech Bindings”

❏ Alpine Touring Boots or Splitboard Compatible Boots; Scarpa F1

❏ Climbing Skins - Mohair Mix is Best; Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix,

❏ Touring Backpack - A Pack with Avalanche Tools Pocket; BD Cirque 35

❏ Ski Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Expedition 3 Poles

❏ Ski Helmet - Lightweight S

Avalanche Gear

RENT a the full Avalanche Gear Kit from Blackbird

❏ Avalanche Beacon - Digital Avalanche Transceiver; Black Diamond Guide Recon BT

❏ Avalanche Shovel - Collapsible, Aluminum Shovel; Backcountry Access BT2 Shovel

❏ Avalanche Probe - Quickdraw Style Probe; Backcountry Access Stealth 300

Head and Neck Layers

❏ Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat

❏ Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield

❏ Goggles - Ski Goggles with a Storm Lens; Julbo Aerospace Reactive

❏ Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet;

❏ Neck Gaiters - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff or your favorite Face Masks

***These Are Required as Covid-19 Face Coverings

Upper Body and Hand Layers

❏ Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody

❏ 2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & Nano Air

❏ Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar

❏ Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL

❏ Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour

❏ Midweight Gloves - Mid to Heavy Weight for Cold Conditions; BD Legend

❏ Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic;

Lower Body and Foot Layers

❏ Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata

❏ Underwear - Wool/Synthetic

❏ Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”; Patagonia Capilene Air

❏ Softshell Ski Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant for Fair Weather; OR Trailbreaker II

❏ Vented Hardshell Ski Pants - Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather; Flylow Compound

Food and Water

❏ Nalgene Water Bottle - Hard Sided Bottle; Nalgene 16oz-32oz Wide Mouth Bottle

❏ Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L

***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.

❏ Snacks - Enough Snacks for the Day. There will be no lunch break so snacks must be

convenient and easy to eat.

Other Essentials

❏ Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)

❏ Lip Balm (with SPF)

❏ Hand Sanitizer

❏ Toilet Paper


❏ First Aid/blister Kit

❏ Chemical Hand Warmers

❏ Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus

Group Gear

Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:

✓ Guide’s First Aid Kits

✓ Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

✓ Snow Observation Equipment (Snowsaws, Loops, Crystal Cards, Etc)

Know Before You Go


North Lake Tahoe, CA



Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪

The Tahoe Tour is of moderate physical difficulty, but requires skiing off piste terrain proficiently. 

Trip Length

Single Day


We highly recommend Trip Insurance. Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy.

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