Your health is our top priority, and we have put special measures in place to keep all guests safe both during and after your trip.

Pro Tips


How to Make Sure You Have a Great Day


1. Make sure you have the appropriate skills.

Our clients typically have a lot of powder skiing/riding experience and their goal is often to get in as many runs as possible. Please understand that if a guest is slowing down the group on the initial runs, that person may be asked to sit out some runs. If you have questions about your readiness for a backcountry trip with us, please ask!


2. Make sure you have the appropriate gear.

Fat skis are highly recommended. Snowboarders, please check your bindings before your trip and bring along an adjustment tool.

We do not rent equipment but there are several shops in the area that do, including:

Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards
Truckee(530) 582-0900
Squaw Valley(530) 583-5665
Tahoe City(530) 583-6415
Kings Beach(530) 546-5800
Granite Chief(530) 587-2809
Tahoe Sports Hub(530) 582-4510
The Backcountry (530) 582-0909


3. Bring the appropriate attitude.

Respect your fellow skiers and riders. Take turns dropping in first on runs. Camaraderie makes it more fun for everyone.

If going hard, logging vert and pushing the pace is your goal—we’re down! And for that we highly recommend booking a private snowcat to ensure that everyone onboard has the same skills and mindset. If the private snowcat option isn’t for you, our Expert Upgrade is another way to put yourself in the company of likeminded rippers (subject to availability).


4. Arrive on time at 8:00 a.m.

Give yourself enough travel time in the morning. Particularly on weekends and right after storms, traffic on US 89 can be slow from Truckee and at Squaw Valley resort. If coming from South Lake Tahoe, be aware that 89 is often closed at Emerald Bay due to weather.

The snowcat cannot wait for you if everyone else is at the trailhead and we are ready to leave. Nor can we give refunds for latecomers.


5. Eat a good breakfast.

Sometimes the efficiencies of the day dictate a late lunch break. You may want to carry a bar or snack in your pocket.