Backcountry Skiing at June Mountain!

Intermediate
1 day
All ages
1–6 people
Overview

Go off-piste and discover June Mountain! The rate for this program is a steal! The first person in your group is $470, after that, rates go up only $50 per person. So bring your friends and get ready to get some serious backcountry downhill this winter.


June Mountain is back. Let’s go skiing.
  • Most skiers know June Mountain for its low angle groomers and family-friendly terrain. However, just a short distance away there’s some of the best lift-accessed backcountry terrain in the West. There’s skiing for days and days
  • Get access to the San Joaquin Ridge, the Negatives, Fern Creek, Carson Peak, Devil’s Slide, Four Seasons, and more using the resort ski lifts!
  • Your guides exclusively partner with June Mountain to offer backcountry skiing from our on-mountain Backcountry Ski Center using the lifts of the resort! Nobody knows the June Mountain backcountry like Sierra Mountain Guides, and we will find you the goods
  • Conditions permitting, you can enjoy 5,000 feet of backcountry vertical downhill for only a little more than 2,000 feet of climbing. Not bad, right?
When is June Mountain available to ski?

We offer skiing in the June Mountain backcountry on a daily basis from late fall until early spring.

Where we are
Class Location
June Mountain
Meeting Location
Sierra Mountain Guides
What's included
  • All guiding fees
  • Your guide will provide avalanche rescue gear for you to use (beacon , shovel, & probe)
  • Discounted lift passes are available
What's not included
  • AT skis and boots, splitboards and avalanche equipment are all available to rent. Let your guide know!
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Viren Perumal

Viren was born in Thailand, and then settled in the Southeastern US, where, in his youth, he learned to climb and kayak whitewater. Viren holds a Masters degree in Biology/Eco-physiology. Since 1999, he has worked as a professional in almost every diverse aspect of the outdoor industry: raft guide, wilderness therapist, ski patroller, search and rescue worker, ambulance crew, outdoor educator, outdoor retail specialist, and biology researcher, and climbing guide. He is a insatiable learner and a master teacher. Viren got his first work as a climbing guide in 2000. He moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 2004, where he fell in love with granite cracks and alpine peaks. Viren has guided rock, ice, and alpine ascents throughout the High Sierra as well as in the North Cascades, Canada, Alaska, Red Rocks, and South America. Viren earned AMGA Rock Guide certification in 2011, has completed an AMGA alpine guide training course, and completed AIARE Level 2 avalanche training in 2010. He also teaches the “AMGA Single Pitch Instructor” courses run by SMG. When not guiding, Viren trains and certifies other outdoor professionals in wilderness medicine through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and he serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Prescott College Adventure Education Program.

Howie Schwartz

Howie is an international UIAGM & AMGA ski and mountain guide. He was fortunate to learn to ski as a toddler and he owned the first p-tex snowboard by Burton in 1987, where he hiked up the groomed runs of East Coast ski resorts. He discovered rock and alpine climbing in 1988 on a trip to the Tetons. The highlight was climbing the Grand Teton via the upper Exum Route with legendary climber and guide Chuck Pratt. Since then, climbing, skiing, and mountain guiding has taken him to many spectacular places, primarily to the Sierra Nevada, Alaska, and throughout the Alps – but also to places like Canada, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Antarctica, and Thailand. He has logged numerous first ascents and ski descents in his personal and professional tenure. Howie has been guiding since 1993, and became one of the first 20 American guides to achieve the IFMGA professional credential in 2001. He was also the first and only American IFMGA guide to pass ski guiding exams on telemark equipment (though he shortly afterward went back to his fixed heel roots). With an outdoor education background, Howie got involved with teaching Avalanche Awareness Courses for a small Swiss-owned guide service in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1997. There he became one of the several collaborators to design the now ubiquitous AIARE avalanche course curriculum, and was the creator of the ” AIARE Decision Making Framework,” which the Level 1 & 2 courses are still based upon. Howie teaches Level 1-3 Avalanche Seminars and is involved with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center locally as a Board Member. Howie has also been an instructor/examiner for the AMGA Training and Certification Programs since 2000, working in all 3 disciplines and serving on the AMGA Technical Committee. He spent 6 years overseeing and developing AMGA ski mountaineering guide training and certification programs as Ski Discipline Coordinator. Lately, when not overseeing SMG’s operations, Howie has been getting back to what he loves most – climbing, skiing, guiding, & family. Howie also enjoys flatpicking guitar and can be seen jamming with string musicians throughout the Eastern Sierra. Howie’s wife, Karen, manages their unique mountain shop on Main Street in Bishop, California called Sage to Summit. They own a geodesic dome in Big Pine, but recently moved back to Bishop where they currently live with their amazing son Cosmo and dog Wheeler.

Neil Satterfield

Neil is a second generation mountain guide. Born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Neil began climbing when he was six years old. A 20 year+ resident of the Eastern Sierra, Neil enjoys the close proximity to backcountry skiing, rock climbing and alpine peaks. “After guiding and climbing in many different countries I am still in awe of how cool the East Side is. I still have more than a lifetime worth of climbing to do in my backyard.” Neil is an international UIAGM & AMGA ski and mountain guide. In addition, he is an avalanche and snowboard instructor, as well as a local ski patroller. Neil has climbed extensively in the United States as well as in South America, Mexico, Europe and Africa.

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