Yurt in the snow

The Yurt, winter snows!

Hope Valley Outdoors operates under a Special Use permit with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

We are open for the season! We’re looking forward to a wonderful cross country and snowshoe season! For the little ones: rent skis for the season, $80, return them in March. Limited quantities available.

We are off the grid and can only accept cash or checks.


Hope Valley Outdoors Classes, December 2019 thru April 2020


All events subject to weather and snow conditions. 

Welcome to Hope Valley, where Joyce Coker has provided cross country ski rentals to visitors from all over the world for over 20 years.

For those looking to ski, whether it’s your first time or you are just in need of a refresher, we offer lessons daily.

Added in recent years, our snowshoe rentals are a must! We offer moonlit snowshoe walks for all of you night owls and anyone in between. Come learn about a brief history of our beautiful valley while getting to walk through it yourself.

Hope Valley Full Moon

Full Moon over Hope Valley, Feb. 2020

Gear Sale till we close for the season!

It’s gear sale time! On sale till we close for the season:
My Style Fischer Country Crown skis, NNN bindings for sale at $125.00; Tubbs explorer snowshoes $125.00; Boots range from $30 to $200. Come on up, kick and glide and get some great gear.

Full Moon rising over Hope Valley, Feb. 2020





Guided Snowshoe Tours: Sundays 1:00-3:00  Price is $40.00  Reservations are required.

Backcountry Babes

We are an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) avalanche course provider, and our course is taught by experienced, professional Backcountry Babes instructors who are qualified by AIARE.

Our co-ed courses provide a comfortable, fun learning atmosphere. Gain knowledge and skills to become more confident in the backcountry. We’ll cover awareness of hazardous conditions, dynamics of snowpack and weather, effective teamwork, and how to plan for travel in avalanche terrain. Combining classroom and field components each day, you’ll learn how to become an active member of your backcountry decision making teams.

Avalanche classes in South Tahoe, Hope Valley, February 11-13, 2020, check it out:


From $235.00


 1 Day(s) 0 Night(s): Dates: December 21, 2019, January 18, 2020, March 14, 2020

Location: Hope Valley Outdoors

Activity Level: Moderate

Required Skill Level: Students must be able to travel short distances in the backcountry and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Leave this course feeling refreshed and prepared for the backcountry ski season. Connect with a group of women who are as keen on avalanche safety as you are!

AIARE Rescue pairs well with AIARE Level 1 and is a requirement for AIARE Level 2.


Location: Hope Valley Outdoors

December 13, 2019 – December 15, 2019; February 11, 2019 – February 13, 2019

Duration: 3 days

Activity Level: Moderate

Required Skill Level: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain (travel outdoors in inclement weather at 7000+ft) Students must have used their backcountry ski equipment on a ski tour before! If you are a never-ever beginner, we recommending taking one of our Beginner Backcountry Tours to prep for the AIARE Level 1.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain their AIARE-Avalanche Level 1 certificate of completion.

Day 1, 8:00am-6:00pm: Start out in the classroom covering avalanche types, route-selection, snowpack, and gear. Then head outside to learn companion rescue techniques.

Day 2, 8:00am-6:00pm Learn how to plan a backcountry tour, access online avalanche information and interpret the avalanche report. We’ll study avalanche terrain recognition, snow pack assessment and terrain selection before spending the afternoon on a ski tour. Outside, we’ll dig pits and practice snowpack stability tests and use visual clues to determine avalanche potential.

Day 3, 8:00am-6:00pm: More eye-opening class time on mountain weather and snowpack stability. We’ll study the human factors in decision making in avalanche terrain. Learn effective communication strategies, how to avoid common heuristic traps, and how to recognize red flags. Then we’ll head out on the skin trail for most of the day, studying route finding and travel techniques. Bring it all together on a tour with the goal of making good decisions in the backcountry.

  • Supportive and fun learning atmosphere
  • Attentive, experienced, & professional AIARE qualified instructors
  • Engaging classroom and field sessions
  • Appropriate and applicable avalanche safety knowledge
  • Practical experience in the field
  • Tools, knowledge & resources to make better backcountry decisions

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain their AIARE-Avalanche Level 1 Certificate of Completion.


Trip Type: Backcountry Ski Touring

Location: Hope Valley Outdoors

Trip duration: 2 Day(s) 0 Night(s)

January 24, 2020 – January 25, 2020; March 13, 2020 – March 14, 2020

Duration:1.5 days

  • Activity Level:Easy – Moderate
  • Required Skill Level:Is comfortable skiing ungroomed blue terrain; ability to ski tour several miles, and spend time outside in inclement weather

This 1.5-day workshop is designed for women who are just getting into the backcountry! If you’ve never been touring before or have been a a handful of days and are looking for mentorship and skill building, this course is for you! Our goal is to create a fun and welcoming environment where you can ask questions, learn to use your Alpine Touring, Splitboard, or Telemark set-up with professional, qualified guides. We’ll teach you the basics of winter backcountry travel and explain the gear and tools you need. Meet other women who are getting into the backcountry, too!  This course is an excellent precursor to taking your AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course.

The first evening we’ll introduce all the gear, how to pack and plan for the backcountry, and provide an introduction to avalanche safety. The second day we cover more avalanche awareness and rescue techniques. We will practice those skills on an all-day field tour in the backcountry. You’ll have a good foundation to get in the backcountry and start putting all the pieces together — the next step is to take your AIARE level 1.

Our Backcountry Babes instructors have years of backcountry skiing experience, ranging from professional ski patrollers, AIARE avalanche course instructors, cat ski guides, and AMGA Ski Guides. We love teaching Backcountry Babes courses so we can help get more women skiing the backcountry in a supportive, fun, and encouraging learning environment.

AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 2: March 6-8th, 2020 

Location: Hope Valley Outdoors

Duration:  3 days

Activity Level:  Moderate

Required Skill Level: Avalanche Level 1 Course and Rescue Course are prerequisites.

Our courses provide a noncompetitive learning environment focused on inclusivity, support, and leadership development. In our 3-day advanced course become more proficient and experienced as a backcountry traveler and leader. AIARE Level 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management and decision making model introduced in AIARE Level 1. In this course you will learn more skills about how to facilitate a group, you’ll apply what you learned in the Level 1 and receive coaching from your instructors, assess the present hazard, evaluate terrain complexity and consequence. You’ll be actively managing risk within your group. Use the support of the local avalanche bulletin and apply it to localized areas where a specific avalanche bulletin may not be applicable. The AIARE Level 2 is a great time to revisit your AIARE Level 1 skills and deepen them. Gain advance avalanche knowledge and decision making skills to become more independent in the backcountry.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain their AIARE-Avalanche Level 2 Certificate of Completion.



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