• Activities:

    Snowboarding, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Spring, Winter

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

Distance: around 1.2 miles (2 km). Elevation gain: 1,400 ft (430 m). Duration: 2.5 - 5 hours. Amazing scenery. Incredible skiing and riding. Easy access from Whitewater Ski Resort. Opportunity to extend into a much larger trip.

Hiking to the summit of Half Dome is a rewarding backcountry ski trip that can be done with ease of access from Whitewater Ski Resort.

After riding the Silver King Lift (no inbounds ascent on foot allowed), exit the resort through the backcountry gate to the right of the lift. Follow the trail out of the resort that ascends rapidly toward the saddle between White Queen and Half Dome. Once you reach the ridgeline, follow it south toward Half Dome - a complex bootpack is necessary to ascend the northwest ridge of Half Dome, and again later to the final summit. Conservative choices are recommended here if there is no prior bootpack established.

Once the summit has been reached, a number of ski opportunities arise - you can descend either northwest into Five-Mile Basin, east into Kutetl Creek catchment, or simply back to Whitewater Ski Resort via Ymir Bowl. All offer amazing skiing; however, be prepared if heading away from the ski area – it is true backcountry and you need to be self-sufficient in-case of emergency.

Note that this is a complex backcountry tour, and all necessary precautions should be taken when undertaking it. Prior backcountry experience, avalanche training and equipment are musts (transciever, shovel and probe), as well as being up to date with the current conditions and making conservative decisions based on those conditions.

Pack List

  • Avalanche transciever, shovel and probe
  • Backcountry ski equipment (skins/snowshoes/splitboard)
  • First aid kit
  • Topographic map/GPS
  • Compass and navigational equipment
  • Camera
  • Lunch, snacks and water
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Community Photos

+ Add Photos

Reviews

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Leave a Review

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

Tulare County, California

First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep.

3 Saves

Hike to Ehukai Pillbox

59178 Ke Nui Road, Hawaii

This hike starts directly across from Banzai Pipeline, the famous barreling wave at Ehukai Beach.

3 Saves

Winter Hike to Calypso Cascades

1046 County Highway 115, Colorado

While most people go snowshoeing near the Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge area in RMNP, Wild Basin is a much less trafficked option.

4 Saves