Frog Lake Hut Trip
3 day/2 night and 4 day/3 night backcountry ski trips are available at the new Frog Lake Huts near Donner Summit. Trips and space are limited with most of our trips open to groups of 4 backcountry skiers/splitboarders and can be reserved as a private group or individually. Amazing backcountry terrain, limited access, and a picturesque location makes this trip a unique destination.
The Frog Lake Backcountry Huts are located near Donner Summit just northwest of Truckee, California. Set at 7,600 feet, Frog Lake sits at the head of a glacial cirque with the 1000’ Frog Lake Cliff overlooking the huts across the lake. In the winter months, Donner Summit receives an average of 411.5 inches of snow (10.45 m) per year, making Frog Lake one of the snowiest places in the western hemisphere. The skiing is varied from steep chutes and couloirs, awesome tree skiing to mellow glades, and open bowls. With multiple aspects and elevations, good snow can nearly always be found during the winter months. Our guides work hard to find the best snow and terrain for the given conditions.
Three new huts were built at Frog Lake offering sleeping accommodations for different sized groups. The huts feature architecture and finishing designed to blend into the natural surroundings. The huts are austere but comfortable. A gas stove keeps your hut toasty. All bunks come with comfy sleeping pads, LED lighting, outlets for charging your phone, and hangers for drying clothes, boots and skins. All huts have flush toilets and hot and cold running water, along with a hutmaster on site. The nearly 100 year old renovated Eschenbach Backcountry House is a gathering place for guests to meet, socialize, and have meals.
This trip is designed for advanced ski resort skiers or riders with at least 10 days of backcountry experience and who are in excellent fitness. You must at least have taken an Intro to Backcountry Course with TMS to join on this trip, with it highly recommended that participants have also taken an AIARE 1 avalanche course. Skiers and riders must be competent is a variety of terrain and snow conditions and must be able to link turns in ungroomed black diamond terrain confidently while wearing a backpack. A detailed equipment list and itinerary will be sent out to participants after booking.
Meals-Breakfasts and Dinners while staying at the hut. Your guide will prepare meals in the comercial grade kitchen on site.
AMGA/AIARE trained guide during the trip.
Avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, and shovel)
Group safety gear
What's Not Included
Lunches and snacks
Backcountry ski or splitboard gear along with sleeping bag and overnight equipment. All of this gear can be rented through our shop Tahoe Mountain Sports if needed.
Drinks-Beer can be purchased at the huts
Porter Service is available for $400/day for up to 45 pounds of food/gear/or equipment.
Private guiding can also be arranged out of the Frog Lake Huts, please call or email for more information.