The Skiing

48 years of ruby

Some of the best skiing in the world, right in your backyard

Imagine a mountain range that fuels your soul makes you feel alive. With 15 peaks above 11,000 feet of elevation the jaw dropping Rubies are an off-the-beaten path gem offering more than 200,000 acres of skiable terrain. With wide open glaciated bowls, limber and white bark pines, aspen forests, there is terrain for everyone and our mission is to find the best skiing available for your trip. Something that sets Ruby apart from other places is how remote this place truly feels.There is no mountain ski town, there is no ski area, there are very few backcountry users. It is rare for our guests to see any other person during their time with us who is not associated with our operation. Ruby is a destination helicopter skiing operation and with 16 people maximum for each tour, the attention to detail, guest experience and private atmosphere while on the mountain or at the lodge is something we strive for.

incredible terrain for all abilities

Over 400 named runs

The Ruby Mountains are a high desert climate, which generally translates to very dry snow quality. Our best storms come from the Pacific Northwest and follow the northwest flow weather pattern. With average snowpack of 300 inches of snow each season, the Ruby Mountains offer endless terrain for skiers and boarders. Something that people mention that sticks with them during and after their time at Ruby is how quiet these mountains are. Guests truly escape the world and indulge in the beauty this range offers. 

our guides

World-class guides for a world-class trip

We operate with a 4:1 guide to client ratio which allows for small groups and more attention to detail. All of our guides are required to have a Level 3/Pro 1 or 2 Avalanche certification from either the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) or the American Avalanche Institute (AAI). These courses are the highest avalanche qualification taught in the United States. All of our guides have extensive medical training, with a Wilderness First Responder, EMT, or Outdoor Emergency Care required to guide at Ruby. Client care and group management are also very important to Ruby Guides. 

guaranteed to get out

No down days with our snowcat skiing option

Weather won’t get you down at Ruby. It will get you in the back of one of our Pisten Bully snowcats and to the top of our snowcat skiing terrain in Conrad Creek starting at 10,000 feet. The cats are based at the lodge, during heavy storms we can depart with guests out of the ski room door and head for the mountains. There is no need to “drink it blue” at Ruby. Ruby is the only lower 48 Helicopter US Association to offer snowcat skiing as a daily weather backup for our helicopter skiing guests. We often have lunch at our high alpine yurt during cat days which is located on a knife edge ridge on the top of Conrad Creek. The skiing in the cats offers a variety of open glades, tree skiing through white bark and limber pine trees and aspen tree skiing. 


The latest equipment included with your stay

All guests are provided access to some of the best powder skis and poles currently on the market, along with airbag backpacks from Scott, transceivers from Mammut, and all required avalanche equipment.


Something for everyone.

single-day heli

$ 1882
  • Breakfast and lunch​
  • Double occupancy lodging on arrival night​
  • Guide service
  • 5-6 runs
  • Optional arrival night dinner

three-day heli

$ 5950
  • All your meals (arrival night dinner optional upgrade)
  • Three nights lodging, double occupancy
  • Guide service
  • Ski rental
  • 15-18 ski run guarantee

heli-assist touring

$ 3200
  • Get a lift in and out of the Rubies
  • Highly qualified guide service
  • Potential for 4000+ feet of vert in a day
  • Up to 4 people