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“Sidecountry” skiing and snowboarding at the Bear Valley Ski Resort in California

“Sidecountry” skiing and snowboarding at the Bear Valley Ski Resort in California | undefined

Join a certified mountain guide for this fun, scenic and exciting 1-day ski touring and snowboarding experience in the "sidecountry" of Bear Valley. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada of central California, the "sidecountry" boasts unspoiled powder and incredible views.


Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jan - Apr




* Enjoy the stunning scenery of Bear Valley.

* Escape the crowds and ski in an area to which we have exclusive access.

* Spend the day enjoying incredible powder bowls and 1,000 vertical foot descents.


Tucked into the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains in central California, a unique opportunity awaits intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.

With the permission of the local resort in Bear Valley, we will head off into the “sidecountry”, a closed off part of the resort in which we have permission to ski.

The adventure begins after we meet up at Bear Valley at 8 am. From here, we will make our way to this closed off area and take full advantage of all the open powder bowls, scenic ridges and 1,000 vertical foot descents that await us.

For the next 6 to 8 hours, we will enjoy plenty of pristine and fluffy powder, incredible views into the majestically beautiful Sierra Nevada and no crowds with which to compete for fresh powder. There is no better way to ski or snowboard!

Due to the very nature of where we are going, this trip is only appropriate for intermediate and advanced level skiers and snowboarders due to the ungroomed terrain and technical requirement.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable 1-day ski touring and snowboarding experience in the “sidecountry” of Bear Valley!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you will also enjoy our 1-day backcountry skiing and splitboarding for experts, also in Bear Valley!

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



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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