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)
Jan - Apr
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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!
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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!
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.
Such a difficult, but the most amazing experience! Something you will never forget!
One of the best experiences we ever had. Amazing trip with lots of excitement, challenges and action - all in the most beautiful scenery. Our guide Matt played a crucial role making this trip a life time experience. Hi-fives to Matt and thanks for being the best guide! Best, Gustav and Mikael
Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren
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