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Sierra Nevada, Sawtooth Range
Ski Mountaineering Itinerary



Day 1
We meet at the Bridgeport Ranger Station at 9:00 am. After a pack check and gear discussion we have a short drive to the trailhead where we begin our 4 mile ski into basecamp at the Matterhorn Glacier. Along the way we will review avalance awareness and rescue basics with an avalanche transciever clinic. We spend the afternoon building a "bombproof" winter ski camp and sneaking in a few turns if possible.


Day 2
Today is spent ski touring among the wide open bowls and tight couloirs of the Sawtooth Ridge area. Instruction is in steep couloir skiing and ice axe and cramponing techniques while getting in as much vertical as the group desires.

Day 3:
We spend another day among the spires and couloirs of the Sawtooths. We will introduce ropework, snow anchors using skis and rappelling in between our descent shots. We will also attempt the summit of one of the Sawtooth's peaks via a couloir and easy rock scrambling route to round out our mountaineering experience.

Day 4:
After an early morning ski descent near camp, we will work on crevasse rescue skills using skis and ice axes. There will also be discussion on skiing over crevassed terrain. After breaking camp we enjoy a 3000 ft descent to the trailhead arriving around 3pm.