FAQS

 

HOW DO I BOOK A TRIP WITH YOU?

Booking is easy! Just contact our Head Quarters (Call: 208-721-0290, Email: info@svguides.com) and we’ll get you dialed. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Need custom dates or want to discuss custom arrangements? – Great! We’re here for you.


HOW DO I BOOK A GUIDED YURT TRIP?

Give us a call at SVG HQ (208-721-0290) and we’ll make your trip happen!

I’M AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SKIER, BUT HAVE LITTLE TO NO BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE. CAN I STILL ENJOY A SUN VALLEY GUIDES TRIP?

Yes! Sun Valley Guides guided programs do not require backcountry experience. You do need to be an intermediate to advanced skier with good fitness. If you’re joining a yurt trip, make sure to check the details of the climb into the yurt as distances and difficulty vary with each location.


I WANT TO GO ON A GUIDED TRIP, BUT I DON’T SEE QUITE WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR. CAN I STILL BOOK A TRIP WITH YOU?

You bet! Sun Valley guides specialized in building custom guided adventures that fit your needs, skill level, and availability. We want to build the best backcountry experience for you – winter or summer! Give HQ a call (208-721-0290) to get started on building an adventure you won’t soon forget.


WHAT LOCAL AREAS ARE YOU PERMITTED FOR?

Sun Valley Guides offers exclusive access, winter and summer, to the Sawtooth Wilderness, the Hemingway Boulders Wilderness and the White Clouds Wilderness, in addition to the Pioneer Mountains and the Smokey Mountains.


IS PAYMENT DUE IN FULL FOR A GUIDED TRIP?

We require payment in full for any guided single day or half day trip (Winter or Summer). For guided overnight trips we require a 50% non-refundable deposit upon booking. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to your scheduled trip. Payments can be made with any major credit card.


WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Cancellations can happen from the operator and from the guest side, please read through our cancelation policy carefully.


DO I NEED TO SIGN A WAIVER?

Yes. Sun Valley Guides is committed to providing safe and enjoyable adventures in the backcountry. All guests must read and sign a Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims Agreement prior to embarking on any guided trip. Be sure to read and sign the waiver prior to joining us in the mountains.


WHAT DO I NEED TO FOR A WINTER GUIDED TRIP?

Every great trip start with the right gear! Please check our Packing Essentials List prior to joining us on your next trip. As a general rule, it is best to remember that ski touring (unlike mechanized and downhill skiing) is a highly aerobic activity that generates a lot of body heat. We recommend you dress in light layers that can be easily added or taken away, depending on the temperature and your energy output, to provide good climate control.


DO I NEED MY OWN AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR?

Yes! Sun Valley Guides does not provide safety gear for its guests. All guests of winter trips should be equipped with an avalanche transceiver (please test batteries prior to arrival), avalanche shovel, and avalanche probe.

WHAT IS AN IOGLB OR AMGA GUIDE?

Safety is our priority at Sun Valley Guides. All of our guides are licensed by the IOGLB and are highly-trained avalanche professionals and/or AMGA trained or certified. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the vast mountains surrounding Sun Valley as well as the current snow and avalanche conditions, allowing us to take you to the best skiing on any given day. 

 

I’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AVALANCHE SAFETY, CAN YOU HELP?

You bet! We love to help anyone interested in knowing more about our wintery mountain terrain. We offer a variety of avalanche safety courses and programs. Check out our offering here and join us for our next session!


I’M TRAVELING AND DIDN’T BRING MY GEAR, DO YOU HAVE A RENTAL FLEET?

We’ve got some good friends in the neighborhood who specialize in all the gear. We have a solution for everything. Just give us a call and we’ll get you dialed (Call: 208-721-0290).