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Intro to Backcountry Ski Touring - Yurt based
Eastern Sierra Nevada - 3 days

Experience the supreme solitude and beauty of backcountry skiing with a professional backcountry ski guide. This three-day backcountry skiing course begins with a snowcat ride into the beautiful Virginia Lakes area of the Eastern Sierra Nevada to an established backcountry Yurt. The yurt is heated with bunk beds and three meals a day are provided. Basing the course out of the yurt allows a lot more time for skiing and makes the evenings very comfortable.

Backcountry skiing instruction includes all ski touring techniques, avalanche awareness and rescue basics, winter camp craft and navigation with map, compass and GPS. And count on plenty of turns, with a descent of nearby peaks such as Dunderberg or Olsen Peaks. There are plenty of ski terrain options from gentle slopes to peak decents.

There will also be some "classroom time" inside the yurt in the evening for practise at navigation and other skills.

Learn the art of backcountry skiing and gain the confidence and skills to ski out of bounds on your own.

For other backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering tours throughout California, check out our main ski touring page.

Location: Virginia Lakes, Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra Nevada between the towns of Lee Vining and Bridgeport, just North of the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes.


Prerequisites: Required skiing ability is advanced level on downhill or tele ski equipment at a ski resort. Must be comfortable in ungroomed (powder and crud) conditions. No previous backcountry experience required. Very good physical shape required.

Dates 2015:

Mar 27-29
Custom Dates Available


Cost: $695

Included:

  • All meals including pack lunch and "backcountry gourmet" dinner
  • 2 nights accomodation.
  • Avalanche safety equipment including shovel and avalanche transceiver.
  • Professional guiding and instruction from AMGA & IFMGA certified backcountry ski guides.
  • One-way snowcat transport to the yurt
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