This tour from Mammoth to June Lake is an ideal introduction to backcountry touring. The skiing is moderate and the scenery is outrageously beautiful. In the summer the Thousand Island Lake and Agnew Pass area is a popular destination, but in winter it is deserted and perhaps even more beautiful than ever.

Prerequisites

You should have good aerobic fitness with the ability to ski intermediate runs at the resort. Prior backcountry skiing experience is required but overnight winter camping experience is not necessary. You should be proficient at kick turns, traversing on 30-degree slopes, side slipping and wedge turns all while carrying a pack of about 30 to 35 pounds.

Inclusions

Price includes meals, shuttle, guiding, permits, and avalanche equipment (beacons, shovels and probes). Does not include ski equipment. We recommend Mammoth Mountaineering Supply for rentals.

Acclimatization

We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night or two in Mammoth or camped at the trailhead campground would do the trick. Please refer to our Fitness, Training and Acclimatization Tips on the “Resources Tab” for more information.