Guided Mt Sill Ski Descent
Mt Sill Ski Descent via L Couloir or North Couloir Routes
2 Days or 3 Days/ Cost: Custom Pricing
Just as with the other California’s 14ers, a Mt. Sill ski descent requires commitment, fitness, skill and good decision making. Situated squarely in the middle of the Palisade Range Mt Sill (14,154ft) has been described as having one of most beautiful views in the Sierra. Not only is it bless with a great view but also two of the best ski lines of all of California’s 14,000ft peaks.
A Mt. Sill ski mountaineering descent can be done as a 2-day or 3-day custom trip. Starting from the Big Pine Creek Trailhead the trail covers over 5 miles of High Sierra wilderness. The approach crosses old glaciers and up steep slope to the top of the L Couloir. From here those wishing to top out must climb a 4th class mixture of rock and snow that leads to the classic prominent summit of Mt. Sill.
The Mt. Sill ski descent actually starts from the North Col a 150feet below the true summit. From this point, the team has two options for a ski descent. The first option is down the 40° L Couloir and down across the Sill Glacier. For those looking for a steeper more technical line, the group can ski the true North Couloir down to the Palisade Glacier and into the center of the Palisade cirque. Each offers its own unique challenges from steep couloir skiing to rock chutes and technical terrain. An ideal run starts from just below the summit and finishes almost 7,000ft below back towards the trailhead.
Prerequisites: Candidates for this trip should be in excellent physical shape and be capable of skiing or snowboarding up to 45° slopes.
Departure: Big Pine, California,
Best Airport: Reno, Nevada/Las Vegas, Nevada
Group Size: 4-6 Clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:2
Experience Level: Advanced to Expert Skier, Snowboarders