Eastern Sierra 3 Day Ski Mountaineering

Join us for three days of ski mountaineering in one of the most magical ranges in the US: California’s Eastern Sierra. Renowned for incredible corn and powder skiing, the Range of Light is a ski mountaineer’s paradise. We’ll help you pick an objective that has the best snow and the level of adventure you’re looking for!
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Itinerary
Prerequisites
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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 steep couloirs and endless lines in the Range of Light!

  • Ski Mountaineering Skills Training - Including crampons, ice axe arrest and glacier rope travel

  • Objective Attempt - These will be long days, 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 trip:

  • Day 1 - Arrival + Objective Attempt
    8:00 am meetup with your guide in town. We'll do a quick gear check and review the plan for the trip. We'll make any final adjustments before we caravan to the trailhead. The rest of the day will be spent ski touring before returning to vehicles.

  • Day 2 - Ski Mountaineering Skills Training + Objective Attempt
    8:00 am meetup with your guide at the trailhead. We'll discuss our plan for the day before gearing up and heading out.
    During the ski mountaineering skills training we'll cover:
    • Ski Mountaineering Gear
    • Ice Axe Techniques including Self Arrest and
    • Team Arrest (for Glacier Travel)
    • Crampon Techniques
    • Mountaineering efficiency including the Rest Step
    • Descending techniques for mountaineering
    • Basics of rope team travel

    The rest of the day will be spent ski touring before returning to vehicles.
  • Day 3 - Objective Attempt
    6:00am quick breakfast followed by an early alpine start. Your guides will set the start time based on warming for the day and the weather forecast. Prepare for a long day, where we gaining 3,000-4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the zones holding the best snow! If needed, we’ll break down camp, pack up our bags, and descend to the trailhead.

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

  • Expert Resort Riding Skills - Including steep and consequential off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Basic Ski Mountaineering Skills - Including ice axe, crampon, and basic rope skills are encouraged, but not required. Build those skills during the program or attend our Ski Mountaineering Skills course prior to attending and spend more time climbing and skiing. We also have a Ski Mountaineering Pass!

  • 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
  • Inyo National Forest Permit
  • Group Ski Mountaineering Gear - Ropes & Climbing Gear
  • 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 Ski Mountaineering Single Day Gear List


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SKILL LEVELAdvanced Expert
ELEVATION6,000’-14,000’
LocationEastern Sierra

Price/Person $1,095.00
Private Programs
Duration: 3 Days
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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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Full Itinerary

This is a three day trip. We will be returning to our vehicles & accommodations after each day of skiing.

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 steep couloirs and endless lines in the Range of Light!

  • Ski Mountaineering Skills Training - Including crampons, ice axe arrest and glacier rope travel

  • Objective Attempt - These will be long days, 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 trip:

  • Day 1 - Arrival + Objective Attempt
    8:00 am meetup with your guide in town. We'll do a quick gear check and review the plan for the trip. We'll make any final adjustments before we caravan to the trailhead. The rest of the day will be spent ski touring before returning to vehicles.

  • Day 2 - Ski Mountaineering Skills Training + Objective Attempt
    8:00 am meetup with your guide at the trailhead. We'll discuss our plan for the day before gearing up and heading out.
    During the ski mountaineering skills training we'll cover:
    • Ski Mountaineering Gear
    • Ice Axe Techniques including Self Arrest and
    • Team Arrest (for Glacier Travel)
    • Crampon Techniques
    • Mountaineering efficiency including the Rest Step
    • Descending techniques for mountaineering
    • Basics of rope team travel

    The rest of the day will be spent ski touring before returning to vehicles.
  • Day 3 - Objective Attempt
    6:00am quick breakfast followed by an early alpine start. Your guides will set the start time based on warming for the day and the weather forecast. Prepare for a long day, where we gaining 3,000-4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the zones holding the best snow! If needed, we’ll break down camp, pack up our bags, and descend to the trailhead.

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

  • Expert Resort Riding Skills - Including steep and consequential off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Basic Ski Mountaineering Skills - Including ice axe, crampon, and basic rope skills are encouraged, but not required. Build those skills during the program or attend our Ski Mountaineering Skills course prior to attending and spend more time climbing and skiing. We also have a Ski Mountaineering Pass!

  • 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
  • Inyo National Forest Permit
  • Group Ski Mountaineering Gear - Ropes & Climbing Gear
  • 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 Ski Mountaineering Single Day Gear List

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