Eastern Sierra Ski Tour

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!
Skier touring up a mountain in the Eastern Sierra, California with Blackbird Guides
Skier touring in the Range of Light on the Eastside in California
Skiers touring towards South Lake couloir in California
Skiers touring in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California

Single Day Ski Touring in California's Eastern Sierra.  The Range of Light is one of the most beautiful and unique settings and it just so happens to be home to some incredible ski touring.  Our guides will work with you to pick a venue that has great snow conditions and has the terrain you're looking for.   

 

    Skier touring up a mountain in the Eastern Sierra, California with Blackbird Guides
    Skier touring in the Range of Light on the Eastside in California
    Skiers touring towards South Lake couloir in California
    Skiers touring in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California
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    Dates

    Available Dates

    1:1 / After April 1, Custom
    2:1 / After April 1, Custom
    3:1 / After April 1, Custom
    4:1 / After April 1, Custom

    Prices

    Prices are as follows:

     

    Eastside Skiing Price List
    Ski Touring & Ski Mountaineering Private
    Private RatesPer Person / Per Day
    1:1$495
    2:1$375
    3:1$335

    Itinerary

    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.

     

     

    Equipment

    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

    Optional

    ❏ 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

    Location

    Eastern Sierra, CA

    Elevation

    7,000-14,000

    Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪

    The Eastern Sierra offers incredible couloir and open bowl skiing.  Most routes are fairly strenuous, both physically and with technique.  Climbs of 3,000 feet or more are common.  This program requires efficiency with skinning, transitioning and excellent endurance.

    Trip Length

    1 day.

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    $495.00
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