Galena Pass/Sun Valley Area
A number of options for all ability levels are accessible as day tours from Galena Summit, which is convenient from the Ketchum and Sun Valley area, and provides some of the best access. Tours lead to great views of the Boulder, Smokey, White Cloud and Sawtooth Mountains. Ridges drop way to glades, chutes or beautiful sub-ridge runs.
Galena Pass is around half way between Stanley and Ketchum, being about forty minutes from Stanley and thirty minutes from Ketchum. On your way back to Sun Valley stop by the Galena Lodge after a day of touring for a beer or hot drink…
Copper Mountain/Cape Horn
To the west and north of Stanley is one of central Idaho’s secret snowbelts, where finding powder is the norm rather than the exception.
The standard route of Copper Mt. has long ejoyable glade runs, which always have excellent snow. The North Side of Copper offers more advanced steep skiing, including chutes and bowls. With a full-day and a sense of adventure one can explore the Copper mountain/Cape Horn area which is the headwaters of the famed Middle Fork of the Salmon.
Guided Yurt Trips
Sawtooth Mountain Guides offers a wide variety of guided backcountry skiing options. Many backcountry enthusiasts know us for our famed Williams Peak Hut, which accesses the finest ski terrain in the region. In the vicinity of the hut, we have outstanding powder glade skiing, as well as long tours which link up high cirques. If learning to ski the steeps or finding new powder stashes is a goal, the Northern Sawtooths offer unlimited possibilities. Your guide will make a perfect match with you, your interests and the terrain. Take it easy and don’t worry about the hassles of cooking or hauling heavy loads – let your guides cater the perfect trip for you.
Sawtooth Tours (Not accessed from the yurt)
Between Galena and Stanley is a range of additional skiing options – from gentle jaunts to advanced ski mountaineering.
Day tours, snow camping missions, or using other Sawtooth huts as a link up are all options.