Backcountry skiing & splitboarding
Earn your turns with professionally licensed guides. Our Selkirk Mountains backcountry is BIG and offers multiple world-class backcountry skiing objectives. Many of our routes are easily accessed from Schweitzer lift service and the cat terrain. Routes further north aren’t so ”easy-access” but are still very attainable given you have enough experience, leg power—and perhaps a snowmobile.
Our guides also enjoy teaching the sport of backcountry travel to new folks. Skinning and splitboarding can be tricky to learn but aren’t difficult to master. Hook-up with one of patient guides if you’d like to learn: we can show you the process and provide feedback and coaching tips. When you sign up, you’ll simply mark the Experience category as Beginner.
Expert. Novice. Beginner. Slack. Big vertical. Because the sport has many intrinsic characteristics, we ask that you call us so we may gauge your objective and get you pointed in the right direction with registration.
We have a great base of tours to work with, but as you know, every tour is a bit different by the nature of the group. When you book your reservation, please describe your group’s make-up and objectives to Ronnie or Alix, or put them in the comments. After the reservation is received, the guide assigned will open a communication channel with you and work to develop an itinery and route. Every level of rider can be accommodated.
In order to facilitate a safe and positive experience, please consider the following:
- All group members must be in good physical condition.
- All group members must come equipped with pack, shovel, probe *, and have prior experience using all of their equipment.
- All group members must possess intermediate or advanced skiing or snowboarding skills and be practiced and competent in uphill snow travel.
- Uphill modes of travel may be alpine touring (AT) skis, telemark skis, splitboards, or snowshoes *. (Skis or splitboards require climbing skins.)
* Exception: For private groups, we welcome beginners and those new to their equipment.
These are tours not normally accessible from Schweitzer by foot. In this version of backcountry skiing and splitboard touring, we’ll use our fleet of trail snowmobiles to access our heli skiing zones. After a brief safety talk at our lodge, we’ll drive away and ride Priest Lake State Forest logging roads that ring the bottoms of our heli skiing areas. From the sleds, we’ll transition to skinning gear and ascend for freshies, lunch, and good times. With our experienced and certified rider/guides leading the way, we quickly access these awesome backcountry zones for incredible tours.