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Backcountry skiing and splitboarding for experts in “The Zones” at Bear Valley Ski Resort, CA

Backcountry skiing and splitboarding for experts in “The Zones” at Bear Valley Ski Resort, CA | undefined

Join a certified mountain guide for this unforgettable 1-day backcountry skiing and splitboarding experience in Bear Valley, California. Head out into "The Zones", deep in the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada, and take advantage of this truly unique skiing experience.


Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jan - Apr




* Enjoy the stunning scenery of the California backcountry.

* Ski and splitboard on pristine and unspoiled snow.

* Escape the crowds of the nearby resort and head deep into the backcountry.


Situated at the heart of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains are the incredible slopes of Bear Valley and a unique opportunity for advanced backcountry skiers and splitboarders.

We will have exclusive access to “The Zones”, which boast steep chutes, open powder bowls and 1,000 foot vertical descents and are normally closed off to skiers at the nearby resort.

After meeting up at 8 am in Bear Valley, the fun begins and we head into “The Zones”. Using a combination of a snowcat, chair lifts and skins, we will escape from the confines of the ski resorts and head into the backcountry.

Once here, we will spend the next 6 to 8 hours enjoying some incredible skiing. Heading up to scenic ridge lines and flying down pristine and unspoiled powder will characterize the rest of our day.

The remote location of “The Zones” ensures that we will not run into any other skiers on our day out, ensuring that we can enjoy the tranquility of California’s nature and spend all of our time on the slopes, not waiting in line.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this incredible and unique 1-day backcountry skiing and splitboarding experience in “The Zones” of Bear Valley, California!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you will also enjoy our 2-day off-piste skiing descent of Mt Shasta via Avalanche Gulch!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.





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What people are saying about SWS



Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.



This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!


Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.


Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.


Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.

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