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Ainger Basin Skin Track

North Bridgers

Track From Shafthouse Trailhead to AInger Lake

Ski Touring Easy

4.9 km
453 m
31 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.3 km
Ainger Basin Skin Track Map

This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be easy. It's very remote, it features low exposure (e1) and is typically done between October and May. From a low point of 1.8 km to the maximum altitude of 2.3 km, the route covers 4.9 km, 453 vertical metres of ascent and 31 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 1.1 and Labande grade 1. You'll need skins to complete it safely.


This is the easiest way to get into the Northern Bridgers mid season without the use of a snowmobile. About 3 miles to Ainger lake through mostly old clearcuts.



Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between October and May


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins