Utah/Nevada Ski Mountaineering

Join us for great backcountry skiing in the mountains within Great Basin National Park. The terrain is suited to objectives with a hearty mix of ski mountaineering and phenomenal powder skiing.

Trip Photos

  • Utah is reknowned for incredible dry powder skiing Utah is reknowned for incredible dry powder skiing
  • Tree skiing on a 7 day trip in Great Basin National Park, Nevada Tree skiing on a 7 day trip in Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  • The area offers a variety of terrain including steep chutes The area offers a variety of terrain including steep chutes
  • Farming powder turns after a recent snowfall Farming powder turns after a recent snowfall
     

Trip Notes

Location: Utah
Meeting Point: Salt Lake City, UT
Destination: Great Basin National Park - Wheeler Peak Area
Duration: 7 days
Price: $1550 (+ tax, in USD)
Activity Type: Skiing/Snowboarding
Season: January, February, March
Guide to Guest Ratio: 1 to 4
Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5
Paperwork Required: Registration, Health Form, Risk Acknowledgment

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Trip Description

Join us for a backcountry skiing and climbing trip in the Great Basin National Park, along the border of Utah & Nevada.

We’ll take a private shuttle out of Salt Lake City to the mountains. There are limitless options for incredible skiing, ski mountaineering, and touring from January through March!

The Great Basin National Park hosts numerous peaks and the area is dominated by Wheeler Peak. At 13,063 feet it gives participants a big mountain feel at a moderate altitude. The steep snow slopes, rock ridges, and remote wilderness experiences found in this area make it one of the best locations for developing ski mountaineering skills. Guests get a taste of moderate altitude, ski and ride some of the finest powder in the state in an incredible wilderness location.

SALT LAKE CITY: Salt Lake City, Utah is the starting/finishing place for this trip. With easy access via commercial flights, several ski resorts within a short drive and a city filled with places to explore, you won’t lack for things to do before/after your trip.

GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK: Located along the border of Nevada and Utah, Great Basin National Park offers a high, cold environment for us to find some of the best powder skiing in the area. With a variety of terrain including steep chutes and faces, the variety of terrain and substantial snow coverage make for an exceptional trip!

OUR GUIDES: Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc. instructors and guides are professionals. They have a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Utah and the world and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skills and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary goals.

Day 0: Meet in Salt Lake for a pre-trip orientation, the evening prior to your departure. After a brief meet-and-greet with your guides and fellow guests, we will discuss the trip, your goals and expectations. Lodging and meals on your own.

Day 1: We’ll transport to the mountains. Once at our location, we will set up base camp among a few of our ski-able objectives. The terrain is uniquely suited to backcountry skiing objectives with a variety of terrain to choose, from open undulating bowls, steep chutes and alpine faces.

Days 2 – 6: Each day will begin with the guides greeting you with hot drinks and a hearty breakfast.
Throughout the day, we will focus on developing skills associated with ski touring and snow safety associated with skiing big backcountry objectives. The group will tackle challenging hikes and incredible lines in some of the most remote landscape in Great Basin National Park. If the weather is not favorable to skiing, we may enjoy downtime in the cook tent, learn about snow rescue techniques, equipment maintenance, or snow science.
Return to camp for a hot dinner and settle into your tents to rest up for the next day’s adventures!

Day 7: Travel back to Salt Lake City.

How good of a skier or snowboarder do I need to be to enjoy backcountry skiing?
You should be able to consistently ski or ride down single black diamond terrain at most ski areas in variable conditions without falling.

What type of terrain will we be skiing?
The type of terrain will vary depending primarily on avalanche conditions and surface snow quality. There are many great low to moderate angle runs, and treed terrain that offer incredible powder skiing. If avalanche conditions are more stable, there are an abundance of steeper lines that we may explore as well. Our guides are adept at finding the best skiing for the current conditions.

What will the snow be like?
The vast terrain options give us flexibility to find the best snow conditions possible. Typically February and the 1st half of March has the best powder skiing.

What do we do on poor weather days?
Generally, we’ll wake up every morning, ready to ski. After assessing the weather, we may consider reversing slightly from our state of readiness depending on the weather. If the conditions are less than ideal, we may spend time around the camp learning about snow pack, rescue techniques, and ski equipment.

Where will we be sleeping during the course?
We will be based in the backcountry, and will establish a base camp from which we can access the wondrous ski terrain located within Great Basin National Park. Alaska Mountain Guides provides tents, cooking equipment, etc., and has equipment such as sleeping bags for rent.

What type of safety gear is required? What type of safety gear is provided?
Alaska Mountain Guides provides an avalanche probe, snow shovel, and avalanche beacon for all guests. We require both our guests and our guides to have these items on them while skiing/riding. If you have your own, feel free to bring them along.

What does the safety briefing look like?
Before heading to the backcountry, we’ll go over safe-skiing technique, use of avalanche beacons, communications while in the mountains, and basic rescue skills, such as probing and shoveling.

What will we have for lunch during the day? Can you handle special dietary needs?
Typically we’ll pack a lunch for everyone that they can fit easily in their backpack. This usually includes a bagel sandwich, piece of fruit, and a variety of snack items to munch on throughout the day. We may end up eating lunch as a rest stop to our target line, or on the top of a ridge on a beautiful day.
We can happily accommodate a reasonable amount of dietary restrictions, such as gluten free or diary-free. Please let us know any restrictions before arrival.

What is the group size like?
Your group size may be as small as 3, and may be as large as 8 skiers and 2 guides. We always strive to have at least 2 guides with the group when skiing. We are happy to arrange for smaller or larger groups on a custom basis.

How difficult will this trip be? What physical fitness level do I need for this trip?
Ski touring requires strong legs and a healthy amount of cardio exertion. We could be hiking up several miles, and skiing back down that same distance, all within a few hours. Ski touring can require a person to be physically active for up to 5-8 hours each day. In addition to skiing, you can expect to carry a pack that can weigh up to 25 lbs, holding personal gear, safety and rescue equipment, as well as extra food and water for the day. We can recommend a fitness plan to help you prepare for the trip.

Trip Documents:
  • Trip Overview – Printable overview of trip logistics.
  • Equipment List – Overview of personal clothing and equipment that you’ll need for this trip.
  • Rental Gear List – List of backcountry skiing gear, and personal items available for rent
  • Registration Form  – Outlines policies, and essential information.  One required per participant.
  • Health Form – This form enables our guides to have accurate health information in the event of an emergency.
  • Land Based Activity Waiver  – One required per participant over the age of 18.
  • Travel Info – Salt Lake City – Helpful information on how to get to/from Salt Lake City.

Price: $1550 (+ tax, in USD)
Start Dates: Jan - Mar

What is included in the trip price:
  • Group gear – Tents, stoves, etc.
  • Required gear – Avalanche beacons, probes, shovels.
  • Expedition food – All food while out in the field
  • Transportation during trip – Airport transfers, travel to/from Great Basin
  • Professional guides – Our guides have extensive knowledge of the area and a passion for skiing in wild places.
Guests are responsible for the following:
  • Personal clothing & equipment – review the equipment list included under “Documents”
  • Food & Lodging in SLC – Salt Lake boasts a diverse selection of quality hotels and restaurants
  • Trip insurance – we highly recommend trip insurance for all of our programs
  • Airfare – review the “Travel Information” under “Documents” for more details
  • Reviewing trip policies – please reference our policies page for policies regarding payment, cancellations, refunds and guest responsibilities.
  • Gratuities
To Book your adventure, follow the steps below:
  1. Please call to confirm availability at 1-800-766-3396 or fill out an online form to request more information via this link:
  2. Place a $250 deposit to reserve your spot: this can be place over the phone by credit card, check in the mail, or through our payment gateway.
  3. Once you’ve reserved your spot, you’ll receive a welcome packet with all the necessary registration forms and trip information.
  4. We kindly ask that you submit all of the necessary trip registration information at least 45 days prior to your trip.

Feel free to call or email anytime if you have questions about your upcoming trip. Our team is excited to help you prepare for your adventure!

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