Some high quality views in a high quality place with some low quality snow. Adventure is out there!

Drive up Camp Bird Road to Yankee Boy Basin. Hopefully you're bringing a vehicle that will make it to the bathrooms, so that you don't have to add anymore walking to this outing. 

If you're going out in mid June (like our goal was..), you will be lugging all of your gear and walking for at least half a mile. Skis over your shoulder, ski boots in your hand, and just about everything else on your back. We crossed a few large creeks and bushwhacked for a ways. 

You will be heading up to the right of Stony Peak, which is the mountain sitting smack in the middle of the basin. As you round the right side of that, the sight of Emma's Rollers will become apparent. They are a continuous elegant line of hills. Hopefully you'll meet snow sooner than later and will be able to start skinning up.

Make your way over the 6 or so hills and end up perched on top of a small false summit. Nice flat zone to take a quick nap or lunch break before skiing down. This will also let the snow soften up a bit so your ski is corn rather than crust.

Very nice and easy ride down. Do a couple laps and then reverse your tracks back to the car.

Not the most comfortable day skiing that I have ever had..But being in this zone is always worth it. Highly recommend.

Pack List

  • Backcountry Setup (skis/splitboard, beacon, probe, shovel, skins, boots, poles)
  • Water
  • Snacks & Lunch
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Rainjacket
  • Extra Socks
  • Hiking Boots
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 1500 Feet
Activities Skiing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


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