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Backcountry & Heli-Skiing


As the birthplace of heli-skiing in the lower 48 states, Sun Valley has a long tradition of flying visitors to a powder paradise at top of the Rockies. With the fun meter pegged to 10, most of the skiing takes place in the 7,000 to 10,000 foot mountain ranges which encircle Sun Valley. Skiers are dished up a variety of terrain to suit everyone with decent skill, including mellow glades, 33-degree cirques, 40-degree chutes, and steady 2,000+ vertical-foot descents into vast bowls of flawless powder. Excessive high five and adrenaline alert!

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Sun Valley Heli Ski


Backcountry Access

Take thirty seconds from the top of Bald Mountain and as far as the eye can see lies limitless backcountry ski terrain.  In one of the most remote mountain regions in the west, chances are you will never cross a track or see another human as you plod through the mountains earning your turns.  The mountains around Sun Valley are dotted with a network of well-equipped huts and Mongolian-style yurts which offer warm, cozy shelter at the end of a day of backcountry touring. The huts and yurts are strategically placed at the doorstep to some of Idaho’s most spectacular powder stashes and inviting alpine terrain. Tour hut to hut or use any as a base to probe deeper into the surrounding mountains. Operated and maintained by local guiding companies, the huts and yurts are also available for rent by independent skiers and snowboarders.

Local Backcountry Outfitters:

For all the details on the winter backcountry experience, check out our story:

Guide to the Backcountry


Avalanche Report

Know before you go. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is dedicated to providing you with up-to-date snow pack information from the areas surrounding Sun Valley. On their site you'll find recent snowfall history, avalanche ratings, backcountry observations and more. 

Sawtooth Avalanche Center Report

Sawtooth Avalanche Center 


Backcountry Shops

There's a slew of great shops around the Sun Valley area to fulfill your backcountry needs. From beacons & probes to touring setups and skins, here are a few places that will get you on your way:


Get Pumped

Want to get idea of what the backcountry scene looks like around Sun Valley? Take a minute or two to sit back and scope our short Sun Valley backcountry reel below. 

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