Located far away from any crowds, the Frog Lake Huts represent Tahoe’s only world-class hut lodging nestled in some of the region’s best backcountry ski terrain.
This backcountry hut trip encompasses all the best that Lake Tahoe has to offer with 5-star hut accomodations in a remote location, coupled with your own private playground directly out the front door.
4-Day Frog Lakes Hut Ski Tour
Tahoe’s Premier Backcountry Hut System
- Day 1
Head into Frog Lakes
Meet your guide at the pre-planned trailhead, and evaluate gear for the few days away from civilization. You’ll then skin into the Frog Lake area and ski some awesome terrain along the way. After a full day of moving, you’ll be happy to retire to the comfort of the Frog Lake huts for your first night away from it all.
- Day 2-3
Ski, Ski, Ski
Enjoy a hot breakfast in the comfort of the huts with your backcountry buddies, and prepare for an incredible day in the mountains. You’ll ski epic lines all day right next to your incredible base camp. Be prepared to spend the entire day away from the comfortable huts, and you’ll be rewarded with a comfortable evening of stories and delicious food at the huts.
- Day 4
Ski & Exit
Your final day will be bitter sweet – perhaps happy to move towards a more restful state for your legs, but always with a tinge of sadness that you’ll be leaving this world class location. The morning’s skiing will be fast and furious, as you still have the exit back to the trailhead to contend with.
Ski socks will keep your feet warm and dry during long tours in the mountains.
All-around gloves for mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and hiking. These gloves (and similar options) are warm, wind-resistant, durable and have a sure grip. You will rarely take these gloves off. They should be snug-fitting, and have some sort of reinforced palm.
Recommended: Black Diamond Tour Gloves
These gloves should be full GORE-TEX®, and insulated. These will be the workhorse glove for any expedition.
Recommend: Black Diamond Mission MX Gloves
A ski specific helmet that is less than 10 years old.
Recommended: Scott Track Plus Helmet
These will be worn on stormy or windy days. Make sure you are getting a snug fit with lenses for bright sun. Ventilation and anti-fog features are desired.
Recommended: Vuarnet Everest Goggles
Neck Gaiter (Buff)
A multi-purpose neck gator that can also be worn under your hat. Make sure that it covers as much skin as possible and yet is still comfy.
Recommended: Alpenglow Buff
Must have dark lenses. Minimal light should come in below, above, or around the sides of the lenses.“Wrap” style is best. Ventilation is important and a retainer strap is very useful (Chums or Croakies).
Recommended: Vaurnet Ice Rounds
Bring your favorite baseball hat for shelter from the sun. No white under the brim – the reflection off of it from the sun is blinding.
Recommended: Alpenglow Hat
We recommend a tight-fitting balaclava that is worn under your hat. Make sure that it covers as much skin as possible, but is comfortable enough to wear for hours.
Recommended: Black Diamond Coefficient LT Balaclava
A comfortable, warm well-fitting hat that covers your ears. Make sure that one of your hats fits under a helmet.
Recommended: Black Diamond Levels Beanie
A lightweight metal avalanche rescue shovel. Extendable handle is recommended.
Recommended: Black Diamond Evac 7
Many options are available, and are often comparable. Most important is to ensure your skins are trimmed properly for the ski you will be touring with. Skins with a secure tail clip are preferred.
Recommended for Skis: Black Diamond Glidelite Mix STS Climbing Skins
Recommended for Splitboards: Black Diamond Glidelite Mix Splitboard Climbing Skins
A splitboard that you are comfortable riding in a variety of conditions.
Recommended: Jones Solution Splitboard
A digital transceiver that is simple to use or that you are extremely comfortable using.
Recommended: Black Diamond Recon Avalanche X Beacon
A strong, lightweight avalanche probe, 260-300cm.
Recommended: Black Diamond QuickDraw Pro Probe 280
Ski Touring Boots
These need to be a touring specific boot with walk mode, and a rubber sole. Typically sized a bit larger than your regular alpine boot, and light weight is a huge plus. Be sure to try many pairs on to find the right fit; it can make or break a day in the mountains!
The same boots you wear at the resort are great for your splitboard. Be sure they’re comfortable, backcountry touring means long days in your boots!
Recommended: Burton Tourist Snowboard Boots
Mid-Weight Puffy Jacket
Hard Shell Jacket
Ultra-light base layer that effectively wicks moisture away from your body and is breathable. Quick-dry is important as well. One light-colored shirt is recommended for extremely sunny days.
Recommended Men’s: Black Diamond Lightwire Short Sleeve
Recommended Women’s: Black Diamond Lightwire Short Sleeve
I highly recommend Alpenglow Expeditions for professionalism, safety and accommodations.
“My 24 year old son and I did the three-day frog lake hut trip. From Sara in the front office to our fantastic guides, Tim and Ally, everything went smoothly and professionally.
The trip was an amazing experience as we learned so much and everyone was so friendly.
They even brought our garbage and extra gear out for us!
I highly recommend Alpenglow Expeditions for professionalism, safety and accommodations.”