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!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    297 USD

    Group of 2
    149 USD

    Group of 3
    99 USD


    Price includes

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

    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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    What People are Saying


    We had a great experience with Jim Moore. We were all beginners to the Backcountry, and he had valuable experience and great stories to share. We had some rental equipment malfunctions and he was very accommodating and understanding about that also. I feel we gained a lot of knowledge in a short period of time and had a lot of fun as well. Thanks again Jim and we hope to be out in the Backcountry again soon!
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    Megan McClarty
    We didn\'t have the best snow conditions, but we had an awesome time getting our first exposure to backcountry skiing. Jim is a great teacher - he gave us a solid foundation, and we\'re excited to continue our education!
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