Miles of Backcountry Terrain

Let us introduce you the birthplace of skiing in Stowe, the Ranch Valley.  In the 1930’s early ski pioneers found the abandon logging roads of the Ranch Valley perfect of exploring the Northern winter woods.  Sunrise Mountain Guides offers two options for exploring the backcountry on skis.



Intro to Backcountry Skiing Clinic

This clinic covers; proper equipment selection, trip planning and technique. We’ll explore the “Ranch Valley” while learning the fundamentals of touring the winter back woods.


  • Prerequisite; intermediate level skier preferred
  • 24 hour reservation notice preferred
  • Equipment and trail fee not included

Backcountry Day Tour

Stowe offers miles of high and low elevation backcountry ski touring.

Explore the scenic Sky Top Ridge, test your telemark on the Steeple, the Bruce, Tear Drop or the Underhill Trail. We’ll show you the real reason people call Stowe  The Ski Capital of the East.

Tours average 4 to 6 hours.    

  • Prerequisite; advanced intermediate level skier in good condition
  • 24 hour reservation notice preferred
  • Equipment and trail fee not included

Backcountry Ski Day Equipment List

  • Base layer, long underwear top and bottom (synthetic only, no cotton)
  • Mid-layer, fleece or pile light and heavy weight (insulation layer)
  • Soft shell, windproof, water resistant (provides limited insulation)
  • Outer-layer, waterproof/ breathable fabric (jacket w/ hood and pants)
  • 2 wool or synthetic hats
  • 2 pr gloves and or mittens
  • Neck gaiter
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Goggles/ sunglasses
  • AT skis and boots
  • Waxable or waxless, metal edge, Backcounrty skis
  • 75 mm backcountry ski boot
    ( plastic boots preferred)
  • Adjustable ski poles with powder baskets.
  • Skins (full or half)
  • Pack – 20-30 liter size
Additional Equipment
  • Map/ compass/ GPS
  • Headlamp/ spare batteries
  • Water
  • Food
  • Whistle
  • Compact lightweight emergency blanket
  • Emergency Tarp, large Plastic Bag
  • Knife/ multi tool
  • Matches and or lighter
  • Candle
  • Duct tape
  • First aid supplies (tape, gauge bandage, antibiotic ointment, ace bandage)

Equipment Question?


Half Day Rates 2-3hr

1 person            $255.00

Group of 2         $325.00

Group of 3         $475.00

Group of 4         $595.00  

Full Day Rates 4-6hrs

1 person               $450.00

Group of 2            $550.00

Group of 3            $650.00

Group of 4            $750.00

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Treat Yourself to a Backcountry Adventure