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Snowcat & Yurt

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    High Sierra Snowcat LLC

  • Locations

    Truckee, California, United States

  • Activities

    Adventure, Backcountry Skiing

  • Price
    $320 USD per trip
  • Duration

    As arranged at time of booking

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    Virginia Lakes Road or Conway Summit

  • Price Includes

    One-way snowcat transportation to the yurt is optional and $320 for the group.This does not include guide service or snowcat transportation to/from skiing

  • Notes

    Yurt is $50/night per person (12% Mono County Transient Occupancy Tax added to final booking cost)


  • Stay in a modern adaptation of the ancient shelter used by Central Asian nomads for centuries
  • Spend more time doing what you came to do: skiing or riding in the backcountry
  • Enjoy the majestic Sierra views under the stars


Trip Info

A traditional overnight backcountry experience with the convenience of arriving via snowcat, so you can spend more time doing what you came to do: skiing or riding in the backcountry, instead of spending an entire day getting there. The snowcat and yurt concept was developed here on the East Side of the Sierra to provide a safe and affordable overnight backcountry experience in some of the wildest terrain left in California.

The yurt is equipped with an Envirolet waterless self-contained composting toilet system, pellet fuel stove, 8 bunk beds with pads, a large family-style table, and a propane dual burner cook stove. The kitchen is stocked with a few basics like a pot for melting snow, washtubs, and a few pots and pans. The toilet is conveniently located close to the Yurt and protected from the elements. the yurt is a “dry camp.” All visitors will be expected to be self-contained hauling water in or melting snow.

High Sierra Snowcat is owned and operated by passionate, experienced backcountry skiers to ensure your safetyIn cooperation with the Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit, we operate under a special use permit issued by Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest.


No dogs to keep our snow clean and usable for drinking
What you pack in, you pack out!
You must haul out all extra food and leave no waste. Not even a crumb!
Make sure pellet stove is secure and fire safe before you leave
Empty pellet stove ash into metal container when you leave
Lock door and put the key in key box


Sleeping bag and pillow
Warm synthetic winter gear in layers
Winter survival gear including transceiver, shovel and probe
USB auxiliary power pack for LED Lights
iPod / music
First aid gear

Your adventure awaits!

High Sierra Snowcat LLC

The “ski in ski out” Hut and Snowcat concept was developed from the passion of skiing and to establish safe and affordable overnight hut lodging on the “East Side”. For many years the world over, mountain huts have sheltered backcountry travelers such as skiers and mountaineers. In Europe, hundreds of huts hang from mountainsides, and many have been in use for over a century. Likewise, mountain huts are a noble tradition in Canada and the northeast United States.

Founded in 2012 High Sierra Snowcat has been working diligently with the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest to establish a Special Use Permit for commercial operation. Mission Provide a welcome alternative to the traditional ski resort, by providing backcountry ski enthusiast access to remote high sierra skiing, over-night backcountry accommodations, safe transportation, and exceptional service without the lift lines and tracked up powder.

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