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 with 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.

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

-Avalanche Rescue Equipment: Transceiver, Shovel and Probe.

-See our recommended Equipment Checklist here.

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 sleeping bag, extra clothes, avalanche shovel, probe, skins, water and lunch.

  • Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Splitboard, skins and adjustable poles.         

  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment: Transceiver, Shovel and Probe.

  • See our recommended Equipment List here.

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.

MULTI-DAY/WEEK LONG SKI EXPEDITIONS

 
 

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.

Above is a sampling of where we go, please contact us to find out more

 
 

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 pristine snow, it doesn't take long to understand why the Sun Valley area is one of the world's premier nordic skiing destinations. We have hundreds of miles of trails, everything from easy jaunts to marathons. Tell us what you're up for, and we'll provide it!

Snowshoeing

Trek across untouched 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.

 

To Book Full or Half Day X-Country Ski Tours Please Book Below

 

To Book Full or Half Day Snowshoe Tours Please Book Below

 

AVALANCHE EDUCATION

 

UPCOMING COURSES:

LEVEL 1 REC | AVALANCHE FUNDAMENTALS FOR BACKCOUNTRY SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS

This intensive course is a comprehensive introduction to avalanche phenomena as it relates to backcountry skiers and snowboarders.  The course format will emphasize practical avalanche awareness and safety measures through hands-on learning. The entire backcountry course will be based in Ketchum and the field portion in the mountains of the Wood River headwaters.  The course format will comprise a mix of classroom theory and field practice while ski touring and evaluating avalanche terrain. Students will receive a certification for completion of a Level 1 Avalanche Training Course as outlined by the American Avalanche Association. Course text included.

Dates: March 22-25 2019 Contact us to book

Price: $450 per student; min 6/max 12 per course

LEVEL 1 REFRESHER

This 2 day (12 hour) course is beneficial for individuals looking to refresh their avalanche rescue, terrain evaluation, group management and snow-pack observation skills.  Specifically designed for persons who have previously attended a Level 1 course within 3 years, participants will review and update skills necessary to tour and ski safely in the backcountry. The course format will emphasize practical avalanche awareness and safety measures through hands-on learning during two day-long tours in the backcountry near Ketchum, Idaho.

Dates: Custom dates available.

LEVEL TWO AVALANCHE PROCESS & LEADERSHIP

This 4-day course is for people who have taken a Level 1 avalanche course and have applied this knowledge for at least a full season. Aimed primarily at winter guides and advanced recreationalists, this course is ideally suited for those who lead others in avalanche terrain. A blend of classroom sessions and filed application will emphasize hands-on skills development and leadership methods in avalanche terrain.

Participants for this course must have previously taken a Level 1 Avalanche Course and have one or more seasons of experience making decisions in avalanche terrain. Participants should be proficient in beacon use, topographic map reading, and should have advanced ski/snowboard ability.  Course curriculum follows guidelines of the American Avalanche Association.

Dates: Custom Dates available: town based course

ALL WOMEN'S LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE FUNDAMENTALS: HUT-BASED COURSE

Sun Valley Trekking occasionally offers a 3-day, hut-based, All-Women’s Level 1 Avalanche course.  Given enough interest, this course will be based at one of our six alpine huts. The course format will emphasize practical avalanche awareness and safety measures while ski touring and evaluating avalanche terrain and snowpack.

The backcountry hut experience allows students to be deeply immersed in the curriculum and provides the opportunity to work one-on-one with the instructors.  The course curriculum meets the standards of the American Avalanche Association, and students will receive a certificate of course completion. Course fees include guiding and instruction, hut lodging, all catered meals, food portered to the hut and the Level 1 Course Workbook.  The course typically begins Friday morning 8am in Ketchum, ID. Students return to Ketchum on Sunday by 5pm.

Dates: Custom dates available

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

BOULDER YURT DINNER

 
 

To call this experience a rare opportunity is a grand understatement.

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.

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