BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS

 
 

Join our professional guides for a full day of exploration in the spectacular mountains of Sun Valley. Whether you’d like to ski-tour along a remote alpine ridge, learn avalanche awareness skills, ski the steep and deep, or take your mountaineering skills to the next level, our guides will enhance your relationship with the mountain environment.

All of our guides are licensed by the IOGLB and are highly-trained avalanche professionals and/or AMGA trained or certified. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the vast mountains surrounding Sun Valley as well as the current snow and avalanche conditions, allowing us to take you to the best skiing on any given day.  Full Day Tours include guide service and instruction only. Transport and lunch can be arranged within 48 hours’ notice.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

- Skill Level: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ability and good fitness recommended.

- A Day Pack: big enough to hold your extra clothes, avalanche shovel, probe, skins, water and lunch.

- Touring Equipment: Alpine, Telemark, or Snowboard (split models or with snowshoes) equipment, skins and adjustable poles.   Please inquire about rentals.

- Avalanche Rescue Equipment: Transceiver, Shovel and Probe.

- Recommended Gear Checklist

Please contact us if you have questions on what to wear or pack.

PRICING

Ratio 1:4 (2nd guide added at 5 guests, except for select groups)

1 guest        $475 per person per day                  

2 guests      $270 per person per day 

3 guests      $205 per person per day 

4 + guests $170 per person per day

 
 

OVERNIGHT HUT TOURS

 

Our guide service built a network of six backcountry huts and yurts nestled deep in the beautiful mountains of Central Idaho, allowing skiers to traverse remote and spectacular mountains and return to comfortable accommodations.  Stay at a single hut for multiple days and explore the endless powder stashes, glades and peaks that surround each hut, or link two or more of our backcountry yurts on a hut-to-hut adventure. In the evening, kick back by the wood stove for delicious food, games, stories, and camaraderie.  Cap off each night with a relaxing sweat in a cedar sauna or a soak in a wood-fired hot tub! Our guides will surely deliver a phenomenal experience with their intimate knowledge of the varied ski terrain around each hut.

To find out more about the huts, please contact us.

WHAT YOU NEED:

- Skill Level: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ability and good fitness recommended.

- A Day Pack: big enough to hold your extra clothes, avalanche shovel, probe, skins, water and lunch.

- Touring Equipment: Alpine, Telemark, or Snowboard (split models or with snowshoes) equipment, skins and adjustable poles.   Please inquire about rentals.

- Avalanche Rescue Equipment: Transceiver, Shovel and Probe.

- Recommended Gear Checklist

Please contact us if you have questions on what to wear or pack.

PRICING

1-3 guests    $600 per person per day              

4-8 guests    $360 per person per day

9-12 guests  $315 per person per day

Additional Services

Porter: $200

Snowmobile Tow: $300

Snowmobile Cargo: $300 first trip, $100/additional trips (only for Pio, Coyote and Tornak Huts)

Breakfast: $10/person Lunch: $15/person Dinner: $30/person

To book please contact us.

 
 

BOULDER YURT DINNER

AN UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCE, CRAFTED JUST FOR YOU

 
 

Imagine skiing or snowshoeing with your closest friends and family as the sun sets and the alpenglow lights the Boulder Mountains. Upon arriving at the cozy Boulder Yurt, you are greeted by your backcountry chefs who have prepared an incredible feast for your group.  Share delicious cuisine in a beautiful backcountry yurt with good friends and ski/snowshoe back under the stars for an evening you will never forget!

LOGISTICS

When:  Any evening by special appointment.
Please make your reservation at least 72 hours in advance. Subject to hut availability

Where:  An easy 15 minute drive north of Ketchum, Sun Valley Trekking’s Boulder Yurt is nestled in the Smokey Mountains, directly across from the spectacular Boulder Mountain Front.  The Boulder Yurt has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, bunks, wood stoves, and a sauna.

How:  Grab some cross-country skis or snowshoes and trek along the easy 1.5 mile track to the yurt. We suggest that you arrive at Sun Valley Guides headquarters in Ketchum no later than 4pm. The trek can take as little time as 45 minutes or as much time as 1.5 hours, depending on snow conditions.

PRICING

$1,700 base price. Maximum of 10 guests which includes: hut rental, guide, chefs and food.

For more details please call 208-721-0290 or email info@svguides.com

 

MULTI-DAY/WEEK LONG SKI EXPEDITIONS

 

Our multi-day expedition can take you near or far. Below is a sampling of our most popular destinations. Contact our booking staff to learn more about our destinations.

SAWTOOTH HAUTE ROUTE

Traverse the heart of the spectacular Sawtooth Mountains on this 9 day wilderness tour.  Granite spires, high passes, phenomenal skiing and deep wilderness characterize this Haute Route.

MONOLITH SKI EXPEDITION

Amazing skiing abounds on this traverse that combines hut stays, snow camping and an ascent/descent of the tallest peak in the Sawtooths!

YELLOWSTONE SKI TRAVERSE

This six day expedition offers views of the Tetons, abundant wildlife, exceptional touring and the unique geothermal features and backcountry hot springs in a deep wilderness setting.

PIONEER SKI MOUNTAINEERING

Beautiful summits, long ski descents, stunning scenery, expert guiding/instruction and the comfort of a cozy yurt best describe this ski mountaineering experience in the heart of the Pioneer Mountains.

ST. ELIAS SKI MOUNTAINEERING (ALASKA)

Explore this spectacular region of the world that has scarcely seen the imprint of man. Descend new routes on unnamed peaks amid the breathtaking mountain massifs.

 
 

SNOWMOBILE ASSISTED TOURING

 
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Get off the beaten path and access deep backcountry terrain with Snowmobile Assisted Touring.

New to Sun Valley Guides operations, we now have access to special motorized-use areas that allow us to explore and tour deeper than traditional hiking and trekking. With the help of our elite staff of snowmobile drivers, we can avoid more heavily trafficked areas, finding fresh tracks in remote locations and reducing our impact on other tourers. Get ready to explore deeper into Idaho’s Backcountry and enjoy extraordinary access to our public lands.

For rates, touring areas, and booking information, please contact Kelly in our Booking Office.

X-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

 
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Whether your goal is to trek through untouched snowy mountain terrain or x-country ski some of the best groomed trails in the lower 48, we can take you there!

X-COUNTRY SKIING

Whether on a groomed trail or a newly set track through fresh snow, it doesn't take long to understand why the Sun Valley area is one of the world's premier nordic skiing destinations. Home to hundreds of miles of trails, with everything from easy jaunts to marathons, just tell us what you're up for, and we'll take you there!

SNOWSHOEING

Trek across snowy meadows, track wildlife while moving through quiet wooded valleys, or gain a higher perspective while climbing a snowy ridge-line surrounded by peaks. All this and more is possible when you come snowshoeing with us! We've got a tour for every level from novice to seasoned snowshoer.

 

RATES:

Half Day Rates

Single guest pricing starts at $310/half day. Each additional guest is $20/half day

Full Day Rates

Single guest pricing starts at $475/day. Each additional guest is $65/day

Lunch services available for additional $15/per guest

To Book Full or Half Day X-Country Ski or Snowshoe Tours Please Contact Us in our Booking Office

CUSTOM TRIPS

 

Sun Valley Guides combine years of training and experience with an intimate knowledge of our local mountains to deliver an extraordinary backcountry experience.  We love what we do and enjoy sharing our passion with guests. Whether you would like a day of powder skiing or a multi-day adventure exploring remote mountains, join us for a beautiful adventure.  We aim to deliver the best backcountry experience for you. Contact our booking staff to tell us more about what you’re looking for and how we can build your ideal mountain adventure.

 
 

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

Thank you for planning a backcountry ski tour with us! Below is a list of the equipment necessary to safely and efficiently enjoy a day of backcountry touring and powder skiing.

You can also download our checklist here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us

 

Personal Items:

  • Sun Screen for lips/face/hands (spf l5 min)

  • Sunglasses

  • Ski goggles

  • One quart water bottle (filled)

  • Day Pack: big enough to hold extra clothes, avalanche shovel, probe, skins, water and snacks. (Ski models preferred)

  • Favorite high-energy snack food and lunch

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Optional:

  • Map (guides will carry maps)

  • Wax (guides will carry wax)

  • Blister kit if you are prone to blisters (guides carry a medical kit)

  • Hand Warmers if you are prone to cold hands


 

All Guides carry a Medical Kit, a Repair Kit, Rescue Equipment and Communication Device.

CHECKLIST

Ski Equipment (if on skis):

  • Metal-edged telemark or alpine touring skis  (powder models preferred)

  • Ski Boots (Alpine touring or Telemark with walk mode)

  • Adjustable ski poles

  • Climbing skins (adjusted to length and full ski width)

Snowboard Equipment (if on a board):

  • Snowboard (split models)

  • Snowboard Boots compatible with bindings

  • Skins (if using split board)

  • Snowshoes (if not using a split board)

  • Adjustable ski poles (3 section poles preferred)

Avalanche Rescue Equipment:

  • Avalanche Transceiver

  • Avalanche Shovel

  • Avalanche Probe

Clothing:

  • Long underwear tops and bottoms (a polypropylene/wool or similar blend recommended)

  • Shell pants (Hard or Soft Shell)

  • Long sleeved fleece/poly shirt.

  • Wool/fleece sweater or down vest.

  • Shell Jacket, wind and water resistant (Hard or Soft Shell),

  • Down/Puffy parka for stops on the trail

  • Ski hat

  • Neck gaiter or facemask.

  • Sun visor or ball cap

  • Light weight gloves

  • Warm Gloves or Mittens