Yurt-based skiing in California's Eastern Sierra. Enjoy the full-service comforts of a backcountry yurt with prepared gourmet meals, comfortable mattress' and toilet facilites all in a large, dry, heated yurt. Enjoy powder runs and spring corn during the day and come back to a warm, dry lodge at night. Backcountry skiing at it's finest!

We are very excited to offer guided backcountry yurt skiing this coming season - California's first. The yurt is a large 10-person structure with heat, dining area and bunk beds (sleepng bag required). We will be providing 3 meals a day including a "backcountry gourmet" dinner each night. The ski-in ski-out yurt is located in the backcountry near the wilderness boundary in the Virginia Lakes area of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, an area California Alpine Guides has been operating backcounty skiing trips for many years. Amazing ski descents are literally out the doorstep!

We are offering two types of trips. We have scheduled 3-day, 2 night trips in which individuals can sign up and we are also booking custom-date trips for groups of 4 or more. On all of our yurt skiing trips, the yurt is reserved exclusively for CAG guests. In conjuction with High Sierra Snowcat & Yurt, we will also be providing snowcat transportation up to the yurt along the unplowed Virginia Lakes Road . This means more time for skiing!

The backcountry ski terrain around the yurt is in the Hoover Wilderness area near Virginia Lakes and contains some of California's best backcountry skiing. This amazing area has a huge variety of terrain on all aspects so finding good snow is never an issue. Wide open bowls, mellow tree slopes, steep chutes and corn has it all.

Our IFMGA internationally certified and AMGA-trained ski guides will provide an enjoyable experience and top-notch instruction, leaving you to simply enjoy the skiing and the beautiful surroundings.

Availability will be limited, so reserving early is highly recommended.




Advanced level skiers with some previous backcountry skiing experience


Custom dates available from December through April




Custom Groups Cost Per Person:
4-5 skiers: $825 for 3 days, 2 nights. $195 per person each additional day
6-8 skiers: $725 for 3 days, 2 nights, $165 per person each additional day

For custom trips for groups under four skiers, contact us


  • All meals including pack lunch and "backcountry gourmet" dinner
  • Avalanche safety equipment including shovel and avalanche transceiver.
  • Professional guiding and instruction from AMGA & IFMGA certified backcountry ski guides.
  • One-way snowcat transport to the yurt
  • The entire yurt exclusive to your group