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Max group size: 3-7

Sugar Bowl Backcountry Lift Pass pack, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.

Skiers: Bring your own Alpine Touring Gear or Telemark gear with skins
Snowboarders: Bring you own Splitboard, poles and skins

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

ASI Backcountry Adventure Center

AT or Splitboard

This is our paramount ski program! It combines lift-access to thousands of acres of amazing backcountry and untracked snow at Sugar Bowl. With not too much uphill touring (with convertible bindings and climbing skins), we access even more great out-of-bounds terrain. It feels like a day of heli-skiing combined with the joy of backcountry touring.

This is a great opportunity not only to be introduced to the backcountry skiing experience but also to practice the procedures for leaving the ski resort with a tool pack, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, choosing terrain to reduce the hazards and tour smoothly and effectively with climbing skins. This is also a perfect way to learn about skiing as a small team with a professional ski guide, just as in big ski mountaineering projects or snowcat or heli-skiing excursions.

The day begins with check-in 8:30-9:00am. After safety briefing and Introduction to Avalanche gear, with your guide, you'll begin skiing some of the best terrain at Sugar Bowl.

If you don't own AT skis or a splitboard with skins, you can rent in Truckee. REGISTER >>>

$237 Includes lift


Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be offering our Backcountry Advnenture Center program out of Sugar Bowl. Hit us up next year for the 2021/2022 season!

We are still offering all of our other Lake Tahoe/Truckee backountry tours and courses

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holiday

*Get a group of 3 or more together and make your own date!

Skills covered will include:
  • Interpreting the Avalanche Bulletin
  • Assessing group members' experience and ability
  • Planning and preparation for backcountry travel
  • Ski gear selection
  • Personal gear items
  • Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
  • Group gear for the backcountry
  • Uphill touring technique with climbing skins
  • Downhill skiing in ungroomed backcountry conditions
  • Hazard recognition and avoidance
  • Uphill and downhill travel techniques
  • Hydration and nutrition
  • Environmental awareness
  • Skiing as a small team with a guide

This program requires advanced skiing skills for skiers or riders ready to link turns in the fall-line in ungroomed snow conditions. Skiers and riders need to be in Very Good physical condition ready for properly paced uphills with climbing skins.

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"Thanks for an awesome Sugar Bowl Backcountry day last Sunday. My buddy Jared and I had a blast. Big props to the guide, who was super knowledgeable, friendly and extremely patient with us"
- Eric Chang

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