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Still owned by ski bums, just new ones.

As of May 2023, High Sierra Snowcat is under new ownership.

Discover the Eastern Sierra

Professional backcountry ski guiding and snowcat access to backcountry yurts in the Mono Lakes region of the Eastern Sierra.

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Backcountry Yurts

2

Snowcats

4,231′

Vertical Terrain

9,000

Acres of Terrain

350+”

Annual Snowfall

Good Times

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2

Backcountry Yurts

2

Snowcats

4,231′

Vertical Terrain

9,000

Acres of Terrain

350+”

Annual Snowfall

Good Times

Blower Powder in the eastern sierra
big mountain line off black peak
Ski tour Green Creek to Twin Lakes-51
Backcountry skiing Virginia Lakes
Clients stoked about High Sierra snowcats
Hanging out at the Backcountry Yurt in the Eastern Sierra

Choose Your Adventure

Join us for a professionally guided multi-day experience with snowcat shuttles, big lines, great food, our newly remodeled yurt, and exceptional service.

Now offering summer bikepacking, backpacking, and hiking excursions within the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 

High Sierra Snowcat & Yurt operates under a special use permit with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Stanislaus National Forest. 
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“After a decade in the ski industry with experience from New Zealand to Alaska and everywhere in-between we realized;

We love taking people skiing. We love the Sierra Nevada. We love our cozy yurts ready to welcome you after a epic day in the mountains. Can’t wait to share this incredibly unique experience with you!”

Drew Layman & Tessa Andrzejczak
Owners/Operators

Overnight Yurt & Snowcat Assisted Backcountry Ski Touring

This is a unique experience, different from any other guided backcountry snowcat skiing. Our guides will take you uphill with a hybrid of mechanical and human-power to help you experience the best skiing in our 9,000 acres of terrain. This approach allows us to ski more vertical than you could possibly get solely on foot, while still feeling the sweet satisfaction of "earning your turns".

It’s the purest way to enjoy backcountry skiing and our guides are here to help keep you safe while we chase powder. This is an experience for the skier or rider who wants to explore the mountains in the most unfiltered way.

Afterwards, your group will stay at one of our two fully-equipped backcountry yurts. Our staff cooks up delicious meals for dinner, breakfast and your lunch for the next day.

Ready to explore the East Side?

The skiing is ridiculously, good right now! Like stupid stupid good! Our guides will be snowed in doing this for another day or two! But we have day cat-ski seats available Sunday as the storm starts to clear, and you’ll probably need a snorkel 🤿🤘

Link in bio to book!
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Yeah it was that good today! Foggy iPhone Camera for now we’ll wait for some of the good ones to flow in!

9 cat laps of the good stuff

#skimorepow #eatyourpow #SkiMammoth #SkiCalifornia #CatSki
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Storm Update: Despite recent snowfall starting to fill things in at high elevations, coverage remains patchy with some areas riding very well, but most areas exposed to previous winds still holding less than a foot of unsupportable snow. Travel on skis remains tricky to patch together sections with sufficient coverage.

For some perspective, we are 120” below the median snowfall amount to date, that’s 10ft short! We would like to sincerely thank our guests and our employees for sticking with us so far. We want experiences with High Sierra Snowcat to enjoyable and memorable, so thank you for your patience as we wait for sufficient coverage.

Virginia Lakes Rd remains open to the end and drivable by all vehicles. If venturing into the backcountry, avalanche conditions are tricky please head over to @esavalanche or @bridgeportavalanchecenter before heading out.

#HighSierraSnowcat #SkiMorePow #SkiCalifornia #CatSki #BackcountrySki
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CONDITIONS UPDATE: We got the team out for recon yesterday. Snow is holding on in some very limited parts of our terrain, but the winds have not been kind outside of treeline. There is still not enough coverage to run snowcats and link the terrain together. We’ll be back out tomorrow to see if this heavier snow coming tonight will be enough to get the cats out, stayed tuned for updates.

Virginia Lakes Rd remains open and passable by all vehicles. Keep those snow dances up.

#catski #skimorepow #skicalifornia #skimammoth #HighSierraSnowcat
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We can’t wait to smash some powder laps and get the sauna cracking soon. Limited dates in February are still available, book now with no deposit to hold your spot for the rest of the season!

We’re still patiently waiting on snow. We haven’t had the right conditions yet to start operating cats. Thank you for your patience as old man winter takes his sweet time to show up.

If you’re planning on recreating around Virginia Lakes the road is still open and passable for all vehicles, coverage is thin, the lake is snow covered, and don’t forget to check out @esavalanche before you leave!

#thinksnow #snowdancesplease

📸: @localfreshies 2018
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Let’s talk about snow. Virginia Lakes is experiencing the second slowest start to winter ever recorded. It’s an unfortunate truth, especially for us skiers and riders.

We want you to know that High Sierra Snowcat has a high standard for our product and we will only run trips we can be proud of. We are optimistic that winter is coming and the long range forecast keeps improving, but we want to be clear. We will only operate once there is enough coverage to drive our snowcats around the vast majority of our terrain and be able to offer you the skiing experience we have promised.

Anyone looking to book trips in January can now hold the dates they’d like to ski without putting a deposit down. We have a flexible reschedule/refund policy and are happy to work with our guests to take everyone in the backcountry once we have better coverage.

Pray for snow.

#skicalifornia #skimammoth #catski #backcountryski #prayforsnow
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Come ski terrain like the Green Creek Zone (pictured here) it has multiple chutes descending almost 3000` to the valley floor. The best cold powder can be skied here in January from the alpine right through the tree runs out of the photo lookers left.

Don`t forget use the code SKIMOREPOW at the checkout for 10% off trips in January
#HighSierraSnowcat #CatSki #YurtSki #BackcountrySki #BigChutes
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We think that Black Friday should last a whole month! Use code SKIMOREPOW at the checkout to get 10% off trips throughout the month of January!

Why wait for spring corn when there`s cold powder all January! Grab your group of 4 or 8 and book now to experience cold smoke in the Eastern Sierra. That means $495 per person for groups of 4 or $450 per person for groups of 8.

#HighSierraSnowcat #SkiCalifornia #SkiMammoth #CatSki #backcountryski
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THIS IS JANUARY! January at High Sierra Snowcat means cold snow and more options for high quality steep powdery cat laps on terrain that warms up later in the year.

#backcountryski #catski #skicalifornia #highsierrasnowcat #skimorepow
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