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Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Bullion Basin

Explore the slopes and high points around Bullion Basin for the best turns.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
Please plan to meet at 8:30AM in the "C Lot" parking area at Crystal Mountain.  
Parking reservations are required for each vehicle on weekends (
There is also a fee for non pass-holders of $22, so we will strive to leverage carpooling with pass holders, but you are free to make your own reservation if you wish to drive separately.   

This trip offers a relaxed and supportive environment for backcountry skiers who've done some uphill travel to further develop their touring skills.  Hard charging folks will likely find the pacing and cautious approach frustrating.

Our basic plan (subject to change depending on conditions) is to meet in the parking area for introductions, final planning and gear checks.  We will then skin up the standard Bullion Basin approach (Blue Bell Loop, Gold Hill Rd, Bullion Basin Trail) to about 5600' of elevation and, depending on our judgement of the avalanche and snow conditions in the field, we may select some ski lines in the main bowl, or even points beyond.  

Exact route selection on the day will depend on conditions and group consensus. The goal is to be safe, have fun and hone our skills. 

To sign up, please use the web page to contact me for leader's permission, and tell me briefly where you've done some uphill travel practice or backcountry skiing with an uphill approach.  Please do not register without prior leader’s permission. 

Note: mentored lead for prospective BC ski leader Scott Bright.


Bullion Basin

  • USGS Norse Peak

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
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