World-class heli-skiing and snowboarding set the Ruby Mountain Heli-Experience apart from any other ski resort in the state. But add to that luxurious lodging in an intimate, wooded setting and the experience becomes one on par with the leading heli-skiing operations in the entire continent. And this year, National Geographic lists it among its “Best American Adventures.”
The Ruby Mountain range towers over the high desert of eastern Nevada, spanning 60 miles in length at widths varying from 10 to 12 miles. The spectacular mountain range boasts 10 peaks above a staggering 11,000 feet, including the 11,387-foot Ruby Dome, which makes for a heart-pounding vertical drop of 39,000 feet – and all through untouched territory. Snow conditions in this region couldn’t be more perfect, with moisture-rich storms blasting out of the Pacific Northwest and sweeping across the arid high desert of the Great Basin to drop feet upon feet of dry, fluffy powder. Skiers and snowboarders with the good fortune to find themselves on a heli-adventure will feast upon 200,000 acres of untouched wilderness with nary a lift line or track in sight. The highly experienced and qualified instructors and pilots with the Ruby Mountain Heli-Experience operation make the trip as safe and memorable as possible, with backup plans that include Snowcat-accessible territory if the peaks are too gusty for helicopters. The very nature of backcountry skiing makes safety a top priority, and guests of this heli-skiing operation can be assured they are in good hands. After coasting through waist-high powder or bombing down sheer fall lines, skiers and snowboarders then have the pleasure of resting, relaxing and recapping the adventures of the day at the truly luxurious Reds Ranch.
The lodge, nestled at the base of the Rubies in the small ranching community of Lamoille, is a throwback to great hunting lodges of the past. Ten bedrooms with en suite bathrooms pamper guests, while the main lodge features a cozy great room, complete with magnificent stone fireplace, a billiards room and a well-stocked library. Delicious meals are included with the Ruby Mountain Helicopter Skiing package, which truly amounts to the experience of a lifetime.