Backcountry & Heli-Skiing
As the birthplace of heli-skiing in the lower 48 states, Sun Valley has a long tradition of flying visitors to an powder paradise at top of the Rockies. Most of the skiing takes place in the 7,000 to 10,000 foot ranges which encircle Sun Valley. Visitors will discover is a variety of terrain and to suit everyone with decent skill, including 33-degree pitches, 40-degree chutes, steady 2,000-vertical-foot descents into vast bowls of flawless corn. Heli-skiing is not only for the super advanced. Sun Valley HeliSki Guides tailor trips to interest and ability with conditions as their guide exploring plenty of inviting, low-angled slopes ideally suited for the first-time or family heli-ski experience. With fat ski technology and snowboarding, slashing in deep powder and ungroomed snow is a breeze. For more information visit Sun Valley Heli-Ski Guides.
Enhancing the experience in Sun Valley’s backcountry is the network of well-equipped huts and Mongolian-style yurts that offer a warm, cozy shelter at day’s end. The huts and yurts are strategically placed at the doorstep to some of Idaho’s most spectacular powder stashes. Backcountry travelers can ski from hut to hut (or yurt) or can use any of them as a base to explore the surrounding mountains. The huts and yurts are operated and maintained by local guiding companies and are available for use by skiers on guided tours as well as for rent by independent skiers and snowboarders. For information on renting a yurt or backcountry guide service contact Sawtooth Mountain Guides and Sun Valley Trekking.