Located on 2.3 million acres of the Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest in the Central Highlands of Nevada, TAO has the knowhow to make your boarding or skiing dream a reality. Whether you choose a snowcat, pure wilderness, or a customized hybrid adventure, TAO’s experience and knowledge of the local ranges will put you onto the best snow possible. Open bowls, steeps, and chutes abound, with verticals of up to 4,000’ possible. Yes, this is Nevada.
For the true back country skier or split board aficionado willing to let it all hang out, TAO has three different wilderness areas under permit. After transport from Hot Springs Ranch to trail head, we skin into a wilderness base camp where we will explore varied terrain for days on end. Once camp is set, the fun begins. These wilderness areas approach 12,000’ in elevation and contain virgin terrain to 3,000 vertical feet.
Option 1: Full Snow Cat Tour
TAO’s all inclusive snowcat trips begin and end at the sustainably-constructed lodge at Hot Springs Ranch. After your arrival, a group safety orientation, and dinner, you will be free to relax, roam about, socialize, and soak in the natural hot springs. But don’t stay up too late because tomorrow we have turns to make! After transport to the day’s chosen terrain, climb aboard our snowcats for some of the best snow skiing and riding in North America. But don’t take our word, check out what POWDER magazine has to say. With on-mountain lunch provided, our aim is to maximize each and every day to provide you with the best possible on-snow experience. After our powder soul has been sated once again, it’s back to the ranch for a much deserved soak, dinner, and a warm bed.
Day 1 Arrive Evening; Orientation Late Night Snack
Day 2 Transport to terrain; set up base camp. Return to ranch for hot spring soak and sleep All meals
Day 3 Return to basecamp; soak and sleep at ranch All meals
Day 4 Return to basecamp; ski and break-down camp; return to ranch for celebration dinner and drinks All meals
Day 5 Depart Morning Breakfast
Option 2: Partial Snow Cat
If you’ve joined up for TAO’s hybrid snowcat/skins adventure the basic itinerary remains the same. Ingress to and egress from the base of our chosen terrain is provided via snow cat or snow mobile with the rest of the day spent skinning over high ridges and into pristine bowls that our equipment can’t access. At days’ end we either rejoin the cat for a ride out, or as an option, we might make turns down one last run under a darkening, star lit sky or rising moon to a different pick up point. The snowcat/skin option is truly the best of both worlds for the back country enthusiast.
Option 3: Custom Adventures
Any of our adventures can be customized to fit your groups’ desires. Just let us know and we’ll be happy to work with you. Additionally, on a snowcat/skin adventure, if the snow is just so good that Uhler calls to your inner powder deprived being, TAO will convert your adventure to all snowcat adventure, on the spot, whether it is for one run, or the whole day.