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Back Country Skiing

Spencer snowboarding in the back country

The beauty of back country skiing is that it allows you to get into isolated regions without the use of motorized equipment like snowmobiles, or helicopters. Idaho's back country is home to spectacular landscapes, perfect for backcountry skiing and boarding. Unless you are a local and know the area, getting into the most remote spots usually requires some specialized help. That's where a back country ski guide comes in handy. Guides can not only get you to some virgin powder, but they can also make sure you get in and out safely.

Spencer cross country skiing into the back country

Companies like Sawtooth Mountain Guides, based out of Stanley, Idaho, can take you into some of the most remote areas of the majestic Sawtooth Mountains. Their specialty is hut skiing at the Williams Peak Yurt, a traditional Mongolian shelter with bunks, kitchen, and a wood burning stove. Guided groups get the ultimate back country skiing experience, with overnight accommodations. Private rentals are also available.

Day trips can be designed for any skill level, but a certain amount of physical conditioning is recommended. The company also teaches a variety of avalanche education classes and spring ski mountaineering camps. For more information visit the Sawtooth Moutain Guides website.