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Custom backcountry ski tours from a hut in the Sierra Nevada, CA (3-5 days)

Custom backcountry ski tours from a hut in the Sierra Nevada, CA (3-5 days) | undefined

Join a certified mountain guide for this unforgettable 3 to 5-day backcountry skiing experience in the Sierra Nevada range of California. Head up into the remote backcountry and enjoy pristine snow conditions, stunning scenery and terrific skiing.


Sierra Nevada (California)

+1 Day

Jan - Apr




* Enjoy the stunning scenery of California's Sierra Nevada.

* Spend nights in the highest mountain hut in the entire state.

* Escape the crowds in this remote mountain refuge.


Nestled at just over 10,200 feet above sea level in the heart of California's Sierra Nevada mountains, the Rock Creek ski hut is the perfect starting point for any backcountry skiing adventure!

Over the course of 3 to 5 days, depending on how much time you have available, we will explore the rugged and scenic terrain of the High Sierras, making numerous incredible runs and enjoying plenty of fresh powder along the way.

The adventure begins shortly after we rendezvous in  Tom's Place, California and head out into the mountains. The initial ascent to the ski hut is a moderate five mile approach over groomed cross country trails.

Once we have deposited our stuff inside, we'll immediately head out onto the trails and spend the rest of our time exploring the vast and remote California backcountry.

Unlike the more crowded resorts in these mountains, we are bound to have plenty of space all to ourselves. Among the highlights of the trip will be checking out the East Gullies as well as the shoulder of Mt Starr.

For more technically advanced skiers, we can strap on some skins and head to Mt Dade, Mt Abbott, and Treasure Peak. Depending on the conditions at the time, the Cat Ears Couloir, the Hourglass Couloir and the Northeast Couloir are also great options.

Away from Rock Creek, we also offer similar versions of this trip from North Lake Hut, just a bit farther south of Tom's Place, and Pear Lake hut, in Sequoia National Park.

So what are you waiting for? Book for this incredible 3 to 5 day backcountry skiing experience in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains from Rock Creek ski hut!

If you like the look of this trip then we also think you will enjoy our cat skiing trips in Bear Valley, California!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

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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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