If you are a proficient resort skier or snowboarder and are looking into breaking into the backcountry, let our professional guides help ease the learning curve.

Do you own the essential avalanche rescue gear, but don’t feel proficient in the application?  Get your gear, clothing and rescue gear dialed, so you can enjoy ski touring or splitboarding from day one.  Our professional guides have helped hundreds of guests dial in their rescue skills, skinning technique, and downhill movement.  Our Intro to Backcountry Riding/skiing  tours run January-early April.

We will meet at a predetermined location in either La Grande or Union at 7:30am to have breakfast and review the plan for the day.  The drive to one of our chosen trailheads is only 30 minutes from La Grande.  Once at the trailhead we begin a snowmobile tow for roughly 4-6 miles.  From here we will slap on our skins and begin working our way uphill.  There’s great terrain options for intermediate to advanced skiers, regardless of avalanche danger.  Personal fitness and skiing ability will determine the terrain we access and vertical gain/loss we log.

We require that all guests have an avalanche beacon, shovel & probe for our outings. If you do not have your own, you can rent one from ECMG for the day.

Meeting Time: 7:30am at local cafe

Difficulty: Intermediate downhill skiing/riding ability and good fitness required

Duration: 6-8 hours

What we provide: 

  • Highly trained professional ski guide.
  • Snowmobile ride or tow.

What you need to bring:

  • AT ski gear or splitboard
  • Transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Lunch food and water
  • Backpack capable of holding all your belongings
  • Appropriate layers – refer to our gear list
  • 1:1 $425/person
  • 2:1 $295/person
  • 3:1 $250/person
  • 4:1 $200/person
Select persons, options, and pick a date

From: $425.00

503-329-6603

info@eaglecapmountainguides.com

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What our clients say about our trips

“The Wallowa Traverse was a life-changing trip for me. A big reason is that I have 100% trust in Victor and Kelly to maximize adventure while constantly assessing risk and keeping us safe. It was truly a transformational experience!”

This traverse was a big step for me and my crew as it relates to winter camping, skiing under the weight of a heavier pack and moving through truly remote wilderness terrain over a period of days.  Victor and Kelly did an amazing job of making this magical wilderness experience accessible for us.  Can’t wait to expand upon our new skills in the winters ahead with Eagle Cap Mountain Guides.

Victor and Kelly organized and guided our April 2021 Editor’s Choice trip for Backpacker Magazine. Their logistics, story-telling entertainment and professionalism exceeded our expectations. A trip with Eagle Cap Mountain Guides is sure to be a seasonal highlight for anyone!

Victor and his wife Kelly were the perfect guides for our four-day trip in the Wallowas. Victor knows these mountains inside and out, and he chose routes each day that maximized fun skiing, beautiful views, and safety. Both Victor and Kelly were quick to offer information about the range and what we would be skiing, and gave our group of five plenty of tips on how to ascend and descend terrain safely. They were also both incredibly fun to ski with, and gave us an incredible bonus by bringing their dogs Luna and Sadie along. I can’t think of a better, more well-rounded guiding experience.

I’m not the world’s strongest skier, but Victor and Kelly made me feel like I was capable of trying any line we came across. Out in the field, they answered any and all of my questions—beyond their superb back-country skills, they were super knowledgeable about the region’s terrain, wildlife, and history. Their support and encouragement left me with a lot of confidence that I’ve brought home with me. Would recommend 10/10! I can’t wait to head back to the Wallowas!

Victor has guided many group dynamics over 8 yrs of my trips to the Wallowas. He’s cool, calm, and most capable. His cliffside manner is impressive both in helping manage the over-stokers’ desire to send and encouraging those that need a little confidence boost. All the while he’s sharing knowledge and epic adventure tales.

I have been on several trips with Victor and what stands out most about his trips is his demeanor and leadership in a mountain setting. He pays exceptional attention to detail and is very attentive to all clients needs and to safety. I have never been in the mountains with anyone more knowledgable. His expeditions are always well planned and you are sure to have an amazing alpine experience with Victor and his team. I could not recommend him more strongly to guide a fun and safe trip.

Victor has an amazing talent for unassumingly putting together huge tours, confidently and safely guiding through complicated terrain.

My wife and I have had the opportunity to join Victor on 2 ski trips in the Wallowas and a climbing adventure on Mt. Goode. Whether it be hero powder skiing, graybird rain skiing, standing on a remote summit, or slogging out endless miles on the trail, our adventures with Victor has always been epic! He is organized and thorough in his trip planning and logistics. He has a high level of fitness, and he’s an incredibly capable skier, snowboarder, and climber. Victor’s professionalism, sense of humor, and character all amount to someone that you want to spend time with both on the mountain and in the hut/camp! We highly recommend Victor as a guide on your next adventure!