Tahoe Backcountry Pass
This is your season pass to the Lake Tahoe backcountry! With a variety of pass options available, there is something for everyone in this "season pass" package.
The Tahoe Backcountry Pass provides a number of our programs bundled together for a big discount. Pick a pass option that provides the programs you want. Whether you're focused on starting your backcountry progression or just having a great season of guided tours in the Lake Tahoe Backcountry, these passes make the backcountry fun and accessible.
Once you buy your pass, you'll receive codes to book whichever dates you'd like for the included programs throughout the season! Sign up for the dates that work for you. The variations provide all of the essential programs you need to have an awesome season of guided skiing, and at a discounted rate!
Buy the pass, then pick the dates you want! Programs within the pass are subject to availability, so book early to secure the dates you want.
Tahoe Backcountry Pass
Have fun and learn new spots in the Tahoe backcountry with our expert guides. The Tahoe Backcountry Pass is a great way to get out and enjoy new touring spots in the Tahoe area. This program is focused on simply having fun while letting our guides take care of logistics and managing the hazards of snowpack, weather and route finding.
Adventure Pass Includes:
- Tahoe Tour
- Castle Peak Tour
- Silver Peak Tour
- Red Lake Peak Tour
- Sugarbowl to Palisades Tahoe*
*This is a long tour and you must meet the prerequisites for the tour before being allowed to participate.
$1175 Tahoe Backcountry Pass: $999!
**Please note, Season Pass Packages can only be used for programs during the current season. Unused credits cannot be applied to programs in future seasons.
Prices$495 per person
Itineraries will vary based on the type of pass you choose.
Please refer to the itineraries in the individual programs included in your pass.
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
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.
❏ 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
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
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The skills required for these programs can be learned during the programs.
Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
Pass programs differ in physical difficulty, but most require excellent cardiovascular fitness.
Varies based on program.
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