There are no lift lines when heli-skiing in the Sierra Nevada and Ruby Mountains

By Charlie Johnston 

With access to more than 100,000 acres of backcountry terrain, Pacific Crest Heli-Guides can drop (literally) skiers and snowboarders into countless untouched bowls, chutes, and couloirs with individually catered excursions along the spine of the Sierra Nevada north of Donner Summit.

The Heli-Guides’ sister operation, Pacific Crest Snowcats, offers access to more than 2,000 acres of private advanced and expert terrain in the mountains between Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl.

Pacific Crest Heli-Guides

Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience

If waiting in lines for a chairlift tries your patience, skip the lines and lifts all together with Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience, Nevada’s only heli-skiing service. Based in Lamoille, 20 miles southeast of Elko, Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience is at the foot of the Silver State’s Alps and some of the best backcountry skiing in the country.

Guests of the one- and three-day trips are guaranteed six runs and 39,000 vertical feet, respectively, and receive royal treatment at Reds Ranch during their stay.

Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience

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