Tahoe Tour - North Lake

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 & Mt Rose.
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Inclusions
Gear

We'll cover the following topics and skills:

  • Ski the best zone in the area that day, based on weather and snow conditions

  • Refresh gear and technique skills

  • Avalanche safety skills review throughout the day

  • 8:00am - Meet your guide in the field at the designated trailhead

  • 8:15am - Review avalanche hazard rating, gear check, trailhead departure check

  • 8:45am - Begin the course / tour - with lessons and teachable moments along the way

  • 12pm - Lunch on the go

  • 3:30 - Finish tour at the trailhead. Debrief of the day and discuss strengths, areas for improvement, goals, and next steps in your backcountry progression.

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

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

  • Intermediate Backcountry Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 20+ days spent in the backcountry.

  • Moderate Fitness - Able to spend an active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of roughly 1 hour between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 4-6 miles and climb 1,500-2,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day.

  • Ski/Split Touring & Avalanche Gear - Come prepared with your own gear or rent from us
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Here's what's included with your course:

  • Experienced AMGA/AIARE Trained Guide
  • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Ski/Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Guide Gratuities

Ski/Split Touring Gear

  • Ski Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
  • Ski Touring or Splitboard Boots
  • Climbing Skins
  • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
  • Adjustable Touring Poles
Avalanche Safety Gear
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Lunch and Snacks

  • Know Before you go

    SKILL LEVELIntermediate Advanced
    ELEVATION6,000’-9,000’
    LocationTahoe - North Lake

    Price $250.00
    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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    Full Itinerary

    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.

     

     

    We'll cover the following topics and skills:

    • Ski the best zone in the area that day, based on weather and snow conditions

    • Refresh gear and technique skills

    • Avalanche safety skills review throughout the day

    • 8:00am - Meet your guide in the field at the designated trailhead

    • 8:15am - Review avalanche hazard rating, gear check, trailhead departure check

    • 8:45am - Begin the course / tour - with lessons and teachable moments along the way

    • 12pm - Lunch on the go

    • 3:30 - Finish tour at the trailhead. Debrief of the day and discuss strengths, areas for improvement, goals, and next steps in your backcountry progression.

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

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

    • Intermediate Backcountry Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 20+ days spent in the backcountry.

    • Moderate Fitness - Able to spend an active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of roughly 1 hour between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 4-6 miles and climb 1,500-2,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day.

    • Ski/Split Touring & Avalanche Gear - Come prepared with your own gear or rent from us
    Shop Recommended Gear OR Visit our Rentals Page

    Here's what's included with your course:

    • Experienced AMGA/AIARE Trained Guide
    • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
    • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
    Not Included
    • Ski/Splitboard Gear
    • Avalanche Gear
    • Guide Gratuities

    Ski/Split Touring Gear

    • Ski Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
    • Ski Touring or Splitboard Boots
    • Climbing Skins
    • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
    • Adjustable Touring Poles
    Avalanche Safety Gear
    • Avalanche Beacon
    • Avalanche Shovel
    • Avalanche Probe
    Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Epic Reviews From Adventurers

    7 reviews
    • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      Very Professional...excellent Mountain Guides!

      Blackbird guides has taken me on various tours across the N. Lake Tahoe area including Mt. Rose. They've been very professional to work with, and provided extensive training/educational experience. I am very pleased to have been able to work with them this past season and plan to continue my education with their team.

      Thanks Blackbird, for the (earned) turns and the education!

      Andreas S.
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    • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      Excellent staff and teachers!

      I highly recommend Blackbird Mountain Guides. They are extremely professional and made me feel safe on each and every Backcountry Tour I took with them. They provide excellent staffing to teach you the skills you need to stay safe in the mountains; their expertise is derived off of collective decades worth of experience in the field.

      Andreas S.
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    • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      Awesome - plenty of vert and knowledge!

      Went out on the Tahoe Tour with Will and had an awesome time. We got in plenty of vert and picked up knowledge along the way. I look forward to doing more of these trips and taking some of their educational courses.

      Charlie M.
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    • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      Exceptional Customer Service & Guides!

      Some friends and I just completed a guided tour of the North Lake Tahoe backcountry with Blackbird. Every aspect of the experience- from the customer service to the proficiency of the guides on the mountain- was exceptional. I look forward to hitting the mountain again with Blackbird as soon as possible.

      Doug K.
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