Guidebook

Wild Ski Tours in Nevada's Basin & Range

An introduction to backcountry skiing in an iconic western landscape

Conor Phelan

Description

Vast. Quiet. Rugged. Remote; these are all words that readily apply to the stunning Basin & Range topography of Nevada. It turns out that the most mountainous state in the Lower 48 has a lot of great backcountry skiing.

Be prepared - skiing these far-flung peaks requires an unusual level of self-sufficiency. There are no avalanche ratings, you are often far from the nearest gas station, and you almost certainly won't find any skin tracks to follow. Do your homework, and take the leap...you will likely find these tours to be among the most unique and rewarding of your season.

Every aspect of ski touring Nevada's Basin & Range fosters a sense of wonder and adventure. As you drive endless dirt roads, keep an eye out for herds of pronghorn and bighorn sheep. Soak in the most incredible sunrises and sunsets from your sagebrush campsite. Ski dawn to dusk for days on end without seeing another human being.

Welcome to the Great Basin.

Tour de Great Basin National Park
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tour de Great Basin National Park

1 day +
21.0 km
2,302 m
2,300 m
35 °
Experience the unforgettable drama of this quiet National Park.
Difficult
Private
Trout Creek Mountains Escarpment
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Trout Creek Mountains Escarpment

7 - 8 hrs
17.8 km
1,126 m
1,126 m
34 °
Escape the crowds...and then some.
Difficult
Private
White Mountains Double-Up
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

White Mountains Double-Up

1 day +
13.7 km
2,016 m
2,016 m
40 °
Ski across the Cal-Neva stateline during this big day of big descents.
Difficult
Private
Santa Rosa Peak
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Santa Rosa Peak

1 day +
17.2 km
1,872 m
1,872 m
38 °
Tough to access but worth every step.
Difficult
Private
Pearl Peak: Necklace Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pearl Peak: Necklace Couloir

10.2 km
1,702 m
1,702 m
43 °
Ancient pines & exposed lines on the Southern Ruby's high point.
Difficult
Private