Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe

Join AMGA mountain guide Jim Moore and learn the ropes of backcountry skiing in the stunning Tahoe region in the beautiful Sierra Nevada!




Trip Duration

1/2 day

Mountain Range

Sierra Nevada (California)

People per Guide


Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jun, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


Our Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe program is ideal for beginners who want to both explore and learn the backcountry skiing ropes. Of course, Tahoe, with its idyllic beauty and long snow season is the ideal place to do so. Furthermore, we can adapt our explorations to your level of comfort and fitness. As a result, you will be able to make the most of the learning experience while enjoying the view.

So what are some of the things you can learn with us on this backcountry skiing in Tahoe intro? There are many things to consider on a backcountry skiing trip. Because you will be skiing outside established ski routes you need to learn about terrain, weather and safety techniques. Some of the topics we cover include  avalanche safety, route finding, skinning technique, and rope work and rescue. Did you know for example that Eskimos have 50 different words for snow? This is because not all snow is the same: sometimes it can be more powdery, other times more creamy. Knowing how to identify the different types will be one of the aspects that will help you make decisions regarding routes and skiing techniques.

Discovering unchartered territory is a vitalizing experience that everyone should have. In order to make the most of this type of exploration, learning the basics is essential. If you want to enter the amazing world of backcountry skiing in Tahoe then this intro is definitely for you.

Ready to join me on the first of many wild adventures? Want to polish or advance some of your skills? Then make sure to book your place now and join me on this Intro to backcountry skiing in Tahoe. I will be more than happy to guide you on the discovery of this unique and beautiful place!

Looking to step it up a little? Then join me on a custom backcountry ski day trip in Tahoe!

Price per person

Group of 3
99 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 Prices are per person. Equipment not included.


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Open to everyone
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You will need to bring some or all of the following:

• Backpack with the capacity to hold gear for day trips (should have straps
to carry skis or a board)
• Shovel
• Probe (1 probe per 2 people is required)
• Transceiver
• Wicking (capilene or polypropilene ) long underwear tops and bottoms-
• Fleece vest-
• Expedition weight top or fleece shirt- Jacket (with a hood if you have one)
• Down coat (good for lunch breaks and emergencies)-
• Waterproof/breathable ski pants
• Head band or ball cap for touring
• Warm hat that covers your ears
• Ski Gloves-
• Fleece windstopper gloves for touring
• Water bottle or hydration system that will not freeze
• Snack and/or lunch
• Goggles
• Sunglasses
• Lipbalm and sunscreen
• Ski poles if you are skiing
• Helmet if you wear one
• Touring equipment: alpine touring boots/bindings/skis/skins, telemark
gear/skins, or if you snowboard - split board/skins, or snowshoes**
**Consult with your guide to refine your equipment selection. Too much
gear makes for a heavy load. Not enough may limit where you can go.


About the Guide


I am an AMGA certified Ski Guide, specializing in guiding skiing from Tahoe resorts to the backcountry on mountains from California to Alaska.
I also guide and instruct in mountain bike, rock climbing, and kayak/SUP.

Certified by: American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA) Level 3, American Avalanche Association (AAA) Level 3, and as a Wilderness First Responder.

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