Eastern Sierra Backcountry Skiing

Join us for a day of ski touring in one of the most magical ranges in the United States: California’s Eastern Sierra. Renowned for incredible corn and powder skiing, the Range of Light is a backcountry skier’s paradise. Not sure what you want to ski? We’ll work with you to pick an objective that has the best snow and the level of adventure you’re looking for!
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We'll tackle the following objectives and skills:

  • Push Your Limits - Take your backcountry skiing to the next level on the endless lines in the Range of Light!

  • Objective Attempt - This will be a long day, gaining between 3,000-4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes.

  • Ski Descent - Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the variations holding the best snow, racking up 3,000-4,000' of vertical!

Here's the schedule for your day:

  • 6:00am Trailhead Meetup - 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. Your guide will conduct a Trailhead Departure/Beacon Check.

  • 6:30am Tour into Objective - We'll ski as many laps as time will allow on the best snow available.

  • 5:30pm Return to the Trailhead We'll give ourselves enough daylight to get back safely and recap the day.

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your tour:

  • Advanced Resort Riding Skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Intermediate Touring Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 20+ days of backcountry experience.

  • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 8-10 miles, climbing 2,500 - 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week.

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Group Safety Gear - Snow Science, First Aid Kits
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Ski/Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear - Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • Ski Mountaineering Gear - Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Guide Gratuities

Eastern Sierra Backcountry Skiing Gear List


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SKILL LEVELIntermediate Advanced Expert
ELEVATION6,000’-14,000’
LocationEastern Sierra

Price $950.00
Private Programs
Duration: 1 Day
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Private Programs

Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

Scheduled Programs have fixed dates, itineraries, objectives, curriculum, and costs. They typically appeal to solo individuals or small groups or who are looking to share the cost of their program with a larger group. Correspondingly, scheduled programs are less expensive for smaller groups (1-2), and they provide the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. If you have a large group (3+), Scheduled programs will often be more expensive. They can fill up quickly, and scheduling flexibility is obviously limited.

Scheduled programs will have advertised dates. All scheduled programs can be run as private programs with private dates/rates as well.

PRIVATE PROGRAMS

Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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6:00 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.

6:30 am  Tour into our objective for the day and ski as many laps as time will allow on the best snow available.

5:30 pm  Return to the trailhead with enough daylight to have a margin to get back safely.

 

 

We'll tackle the following objectives and skills:

  • Push Your Limits - Take your backcountry skiing to the next level on the endless lines in the Range of Light!

  • Objective Attempt - This will be a long day, gaining between 3,000-4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes.

  • Ski Descent - Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the variations holding the best snow, racking up 3,000-4,000' of vertical!

Here's the schedule for your day:

  • 6:00am Trailhead Meetup - 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. Your guide will conduct a Trailhead Departure/Beacon Check.

  • 6:30am Tour into Objective - We'll ski as many laps as time will allow on the best snow available.

  • 5:30pm Return to the Trailhead We'll give ourselves enough daylight to get back safely and recap the day.

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your tour:

  • Advanced Resort Riding Skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Intermediate Touring Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 20+ days of backcountry experience.

  • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 8-10 miles, climbing 2,500 - 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week.

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Group Safety Gear - Snow Science, First Aid Kits
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Ski/Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear - Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • Ski Mountaineering Gear - Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Guide Gratuities

Eastern Sierra Backcountry Skiing Gear List

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