Summary | 400 inches a year
The Boulder Mountains can be seen along Idaho highway 75 north of Ketchum. Their big wide open faces make them a great backcountry skiing objective, but are also prone to lots of avalanches with no safe zones. The major skiing objectives would be:
Galena Peak - 11,153 ft
Silver Peak - 11,112 ft
Easley Peak - 11,108 ft
Boulder Peak - 10,981 ft
Due to the proximity to Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho. These mountains are a great backcountry skiing option during safe cycles.Snowpack
Depending on the snow year, this can range from continental to intercontinental.
Multiple summits/ridges, bowls, glades, and lots of open trees on all aspects provides lots of skiing terrain on Galena Pass. You can shuttle a car below and drive to 8700 feet to help eliminate total vertical gain.
Galena Peak has several great backcountry skiing objectives including the south bowls shown in the photo. There are also some safer options in the trees of ridges for non-summit days. Galena Peak is about 30 miles north of Ketchum. Galena Peak is super popular among local skiers, but should only be attempted during safe spring cycles.
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Earnsturns: February 20, 2011 Uphill: 4,200 ft. | Downhill: 4,200 ft. Another day of deep powder skiing after around 2 feet or more of snow has fallen in the past few days. We skied E and W facing lines around 8000/9000 feet and the snow was light deep. There was less...[view]
Earnsturns: February 19, 2011 Uphill: 3,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft. Another great deep powder day with the snow pounding all day. There is probably over 20 inches of new snow since it started falling a few days ago. There was a lot of wind from the south last night ...[view]
Earnsturns: February 18, 2011 Uphill: 3,600 ft. | Downhill: 3,600 ft. It snowed another 10+ inches to add to the 12-16 inches we got the day before. So the snow was deep/light and we could not feel the crust underneath from the day before. With all the new snow especi...[view]
Earnsturns: February 17, 2011 Uphill: 3,100 ft. | Downhill: 3,100 ft. We finally got around a foot of snow after about 6 weeks without any major accumulation. The new snow is blower and light a foot to 16 inches above a crust on mostly northern slopes around 8500/9500 ...[view]
Earnsturns: February 12, 2011 Uphill: 2,500 ft. | Downhill: 2,500 ft. We went up on a rocky ridge in the middle of the Boulder's to ski a steep line that was west facing and between 9,000/10,000 feet. Despite not getting any major snowfall for over five weeks we found ...[view]
Earnsturns: February 3, 2011 Uphill: 2,800 ft. | Downhill: 2,800 ft. Without any new snow for weeks and stable conditions we skied this east facing couloir that was between 10,000/8500 feet. There has been a lot of wind in the area from the west and this line was east...[view]
Earnsturns: January 27, 2011 Uphill: 2,500 ft. | Downhill: 2,500 ft. This morning started out with an inversion and it was already 35 degrees at 9000 feet before we left the house. We skied mostly south facing terrain between 8000/9800 feet that had gotten pretty soft...[view]
Earnsturns: January 24, 2011 Uphill: 3,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,200 ft. The snow conditions were quite different between east and south facing slopes between 8200 and 10,000 feet. The east facing slope was dense powder with a crust you could feel in some places. We skie...[view]
Earnsturns: January 22, 2011 Uphill: 3,200 ft. | Downhill: 3,200 ft. The snow was pretty good where we skied on southwest and south facing slopes between 8000/9000 feet. It was a few inches of snow on top of a soft supportable crust. It was an overcast day with littl...[view]
Earnsturns: January 21, 2011 Uphill: 2,700 ft. | Downhill: 2,700 ft. The snow was pretty good as far as skiing goes considering we had rain to almost 9000 feet less than a week ago. We skied west and south facing slopes between 8200/9400 feet. At the lower elevations...[view]
Earnsturns: January 10, 2011 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 4,000 ft. We skied north facing chutes that were around 9000/9500 feet and were well over 35 degrees in some places. Pit tests scored in the high twenty's with a couple reaching 30, and all failures with a Q3 ...[view]
Waheenie: January 9, 2011 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,000 ft. Beautiful day and incredible access! I love Oregon, but holy smokes it's nice to be in an area with dry snow and no need for a snowmobile. I was worried about the dog's paws getting frost bite. We ...[view]
Powderjunky: January 9, 2011 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,000 ft. Great north facing surface hoar! Cold....[view]
Earnsturns: December 29, 2010 Uphill: 3,400 ft. | Downhill: 3,400 ft. A storm the night before dropped over a foot of new snow on top of some dry powder, so skiing conditions were amazing on these north facing slopes around 8500/9000 feet. Our CT scores were all from t...[view]
Earnsturns: December 24, 2010 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 4,000 ft. We skied less than ten miles north of town on east facing bowls between 7500/9000 feet. No cracking or whoomps, stability seems to be better than normal this time of the year. The snow had a little ...[view]
Earnsturns: December 21, 2010 Uphill: 2,300 ft. | Downhill: 2,800 ft. The snow was great a few days after the storm on east and west facing slopes around 8500/9000 feet. It was sunny and the snow was deep. Didn't see any shooting cracks or hear any whoomps. However, ...[view]
Earnsturns: December 16, 2010 Uphill: 3,000 ft. | Downhill: 3,000 ft. The conditions were so good the day before that we skied the same thing. East and west facing runs around 8500/9000 feet. Of course the snow didn't change much....[view]
Earnsturns: December 15, 2010 Uphill: 3,000 ft. | Downhill: 3,000 ft. The snow was pretty deep from a resent storm that put down over a foot of new snow. It was sunny with not much of a breeze but, it was still cold. The snow seemed pretty stable for not having much t...[view]
Earnsturns: December 11, 2010 Uphill: 2,700 ft. | Downhill: 2,700 ft. We skied around 10 miles north of Ketchum on an east facing bowl between 6300/9000 feet. The snow was lite powder that was slightly wind affected at the top and skied better as we lost elevation. St...[view]
Earnsturns: December 9, 2010 Uphill: 1,800 ft. | Downhill: 1,800 ft. This north facing slope close to 9500 feet had about 100cm of pack with the bottom third of it facets and crunchy snow. Pits failed on this layer from the wrist with a Q1/Q2 quality sheer so we didn'...[view]
Earnsturns: December 7, 2010 Uphill: 1,700 ft. | Downhill: 1,700 ft. A few inches of fresh dry snow and sunshine made for a great of skiing. We skied on west facing slopes just below 9000 feet. There is still under 100cm on this slope and stability is still poor so w...[view]
Earnsturns: December 5, 2010 Uphill: 3,100 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft. We went to the same area as the day before and skied east and west facing runs around 9000/8500 feet. We were able to get away from any crust and skied dry powder until the end of the day when things...[view]
Earnsturns: December 4, 2010 Uphill: 3,000 ft. | Downhill: 3,000 ft. Skied east and west facing slopes around 9000/8500 feet which was inconsistent with dry powder one turn then a slight crust on the next. It was an overcast day with mild winds although recent snow fa...[view]
Earnsturns: December 3, 2010 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,000 ft. 10 inches of fresh snow and sunny skies made for a great day on shaded slopes. North facing aspects had dry powder, while those facing south started to get a little bit of a crust and are still prett...[view]
Earnsturns: November 28, 2010 Uphill: 3,000 ft. | Downhill: 3,000 ft. The snow was the same as the day before. Dry and light but not really deep. We skied more westerly facing runs this time rather than north facing shots. There is definitely more snow on the norther...[view]
Earnsturns: November 27, 2010 Uphill: 1,500 ft. | Downhill: 1,500 ft. The snow has consolidated quite a bit since our last storm, so it wasn't as deep as the last time we were up there. The snow was still good, light and dry but pretty unstable, so we didn't get on any...[view]
Earnsturns: November 23, 2010 Uphill: 1,500 ft. | Downhill: 1,500 ft. This was the day after first big storm that we had this year. There was a couple new feet of snow which was unstable....[view]
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