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Mount Sill ski descent in the Palisades, near Big Pine, CA (2-3 days)

Mount Sill ski descent in the Palisades, near Big Pine, CA (2-3 days) | United States

For 2 to 3 days, come and enjoy some great ski descents on Mount Sill in the Palisades, near Big Pine in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California with one of our mountain guides.


Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jan - Jun, Dec

Extremely Fit



* Enjoy a 2-day or 3-day ski descent of beautiful Mount Sill.

* Choose from 2 different, but equally exciting routes.

* Perfect for advanced to expert level skiers.


When it comes to great skiing descents in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the best has got to be down Mount Sill. And, on this trip, for 2 or 3 days, depending on which you prefer, you will get to enjoy a truly memorable ski touring adventure.

At an impressive 14,154 feet, Mount Sill is located in the middle of the Palisade Range. Famous for its fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the mountain also boasts two of the best ski lines you can find in all of the 14,000 feet peaks in California.

Beginning at the Big Pine Creek Trail head, the trail we will be taking stretches for approximately 5 miles. Throughout the approach, we will cross glaciers and make our way to the top of the L Couloir. From there, we will continue up to the incredible summit. Afterwards, you will get to enjoy the thrills of an epic descent. There are two options you can choose for the descent. You can go down the 40 degree L Couloir and down across the Sill Glacier, or you can ski on the North Couloir down to the Palisade Glacier and into the center of the Palisade cirque.

Participants on this trip must be able to ski or snowboard at an advanced to expert level, and be capable of skiing on slopes up to 45 degrees. You should also be in excellent physical condition.

Are you looking for an exciting peak to descend in the Sierra Nevada Mountains? If so, you’ll love this 2-day or 3-day adventure on Mount Sill. To join us on this trip, please send a request.

We also offer a 2-day or 3-day ski descent trip on Mount Langley, which you can enjoy here.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

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



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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