SAWTOOTH RIDGE SKI TOUR
Eastern High Sierra - 4 days
California Alpine Guides
a division of International Alpine Guides.
SAWTOOTH RIDGE SKI TOUR OVERVIEW
A classic ski tour through some of California's most spectacular alpine ski terrain - The Sawtooth Ridge. The granite spires and small glaciers of the Sawtooths provide the backdrop for this classic moderately challenging backcountry ski tour. This tour is full of exciting ski mountaineering challenges and remote chutes and great ski lines.
We spend four days to ski twenty five miles giving us plenty of time to sample some classic ski decents without the overnight packs. We leave the Twin Lakes trailhead and ski tour up spectacular Little Slide Canyon and then cross briefly into Yosemite National Park before crossing back over glacier col. After exploring the Sawtooth Glacier area we end the trip with a 4000 ft ski descent down Horse Creek Canyon.
We will also attempt the summit of Matterhorn peak and ski the East Couloir or Ski Dreams, a goal of many Sierra ski mountaineers. Along the way we will enjoy some great high mountain camps with spectacular views of this alpine paradise.
SKILL & EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Previous backcountry skiing experience required using skins on steep terrain. Must be comfortable skiing black diamond runs up to 40 degrees at a resort in any conditions and double black diamonds in good conditions with a pack. Must be in excellent physical condition.
- All group camping equipment and avalanche safety equipment (backcountry ski rentals available).
- Breakfast & dinner while in the backcountry.
- Sleeping bag, pad and backpack if necessary.
- Professional AMGA-trained or certified backcountry ski mountaineering guides.