Sawtooth Ski Mountaineering

The Sawtooths are known for their high concentration of couloirs tucked between spires and pinnacles.

The Sawtooth Mountains and neighboring ranges offer some of the best ski mountaineering terrain anywhere. Best known for the high concentration of couloirs, the Sawtooths includes chutes ranging from short/easy, to long and steep – all tucked between spires and pinnacles.

If you’re interested in learning ski mountaineering skills, check out our Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering Camp held each spring at the Williams Peak Hut.

Whether you’re a budding ski mountaineer looking to venture into steeper, more adventurous terrain or a hardened steep skier looking for the next big line, Sawtooth Mountain Guides has you covered.  Our guides are professional ski mountaineers with experience across the globe.

The Sawtooths and surrounding ranges have a number of lines to choose from covering the range of abilities. Plentiful snowfall means lines are often skied in soft powder conditions.

  • Hone your ski techniques in friendly, entry-level chutes
  • Learn ski mountaineering skills for traveling in steep terrain
  • Build up to one of the Sawtooth Classic Couloirs
  • Day trips or lines accessed from a hut or camp


 Difficulty: Previous backcountry experience necessary; expert downhill ski ability and excellent fitness required

 Duration: Depends on objective

 Meeting Time: Depends on objective

 Meeting Location: Depends on objective

 What We Provide:

  • Highly-trained professional ski mountaineering guide
  • Avalanche rescue equipment (avalanche beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Technical equipment if needed (ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness)

 What You Need:

Ratio: 2-4:1 depending on objective

 Rates: Varies – please inquire! The cost depends on length of day, appropriate ratios, and whether a snowmobile shuttle is needed.