Basin Mountain

Bishop, California

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Like Mount Tom only 3 air miles to the north, Basin Mountain is one of the premier ski descents in the area. The peaks are similar in a number of ways: both have striking couloirs plainly visible from Highway 395; both couloirs face northeast, ensuring superior snow conditions late into the ski season; and both are popular, being two of the longer descents in the Sierra Nevada with excellent skiing.

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"Like Mount Tom only 3 air miles to the north, Basin Mountain is one of the premier ski descents in the area. The peaks are similar in a number of ways: both have striking couloirs plainly visible from Highway 395; both couloirs face northeast, ensuring superior snow conditions late into the ski season; and both are popular, being two of the longer descents in the Sierra Nevada with excellent skiing."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 day
Season: Best March through early May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,500 feet
Top Elevation: 13,181 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Tom, Tungsten Hills
Driving Directions: Directions to Basin Mountain

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May 2018