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At RMH, it's not all about deep snow & steep vertical. Our complete guest experience starts when you step off the plane or out of your vehicle and doesn't stop until you're on your way back home. From fine cuisine and great times around the dinner table to gear tuning and small intimate groups on the mountains, our guides and crew will ensure an experience you'll never forget.

Explore updates below from our guides, guests and food & beverage crew to get realtime info on conditions, snow fall, weather patterns, cuisine, recipes and who's doing what in the Ruby Mountains.

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March 27, 2018

It started 41 years ago with a vision. Now it's all part of the dream. Closing out year 41 of Ruby and looking forward to Ruby Magic rolling into year 42 in January 19'. 

March 25, 2018

Some of the best for last. 14 inches of new snow overnight with a surprise Ruby storm that no one saw coming, setting up our final 3 day tour of the season with a fresh coat of stoke. 

March 23, 2018

6-8 inches of new snow overnight. 7 runs today in Talbot Creek. Great coverage in the Great Basin. 

 

March 19, 2018

One of the runs of the year. 9 runs total today in the high alpine. Stoke is high. First day in the aircraft since the 2 foot plus storm over the weekend. 

 

March 17, 2018

24 inches in 48 hours. 10 runs in Conrad in the cats and one of the top 3 days of the season. 

March 16, 2018

New day, New adventure. Wind and cloud kept us in the cats today. 7 runs of hero snow. Winter Storm Warning through tomorrow with significant accumulations expected. 

March 15, 2018

1 foot of new snow overnight. 5 runs in the cats and we were able to take advantage of a clearning in the afternoon for 3 heli runs. A winter storm advisory is in effect tonight through tomorrow with a foot of new expected in the Rubies. March Madness. 

March 13, 2018

8 Runs today in Long & Segunda Canyon. Happy 60th birthday to Francy Royer, the Queen of the Rubies. Strong storms are expected in the Rubies for the next week. 

March 12, 2018

7 runs in the alpine today. Dramatic scene flying up Seitz Canyon. Winter returns this week with an active weather pattern expected through the weekend. 

March 10, 2018

9 Runs of shallow powder in the Southern Rubies. Active weather looks to make a return this week. 

 

March 9, 2018

What a day. The weather forecast called for clouds and wind. We skied 9 runs under calm winds and blue skies.

March 8, 2018 

4 Runs in Segunda Canyon in the Southern Rubies. Strong winds kept us in the lower Segunda area today, finding good shallow powder conditions. 

 

March 7, 2018

Extra vertical today. 6 runs in Lamoille and Talbot Creek. 16 new guests arrive tonight for tomorrow's single day. 

March 6, 2018

10 runs under Nevada blue skies and calm winds, on a Tuesday. 

March 5, 2018

The storm of the season over the weekend. 1-2 meters throughout the Rubies. And today, the sun came out. 8 runs with a 9/10 rating. 

March 3, 2018

32 inches at 9,000 feet in 48 hours. It is as good as it gets. 

March 2, 2018

12 inches in 12 hours. The stoke is high, the pow is deep. Snow continues through the night. 

February 28, 2018

Incoming. Strongest storm of the season expected tonight - Saturday with 2 + feet in the Rubies. Game on. 

February 27, 2018

6 runs today in Talbot Creek, Skiing has been incredible at Ruby. A strong winter storm is expected Thursday- Saturday with potential to be the strongest storm of the season. 

February 25, 2018

Another Ruby day and another "That was my best ski day of my life" line dropping. Winter Weather Advisory tonight/ Monday with up to a foot likely in the mountains by Tuesday. Ruby Magic. 

February 23, 2018

The juice is worth the squeeze. 8 runs today in Thorpe Creek. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 7AM tomorrow until 7 PM Sunday with 8 inches likely in the mountains with locally higher amounts. 

 

February 22, 2018

Off day today. We rescheduled our single day guests today due to snow, 4-6 inches in the mountains. 14 new guests arrived this evening for the weekend tour. See you in the AM Ruby Mountains. Photo from yesterday in Snell Canyon. 

February 21, 2018

Hard to imagine the skiing being any better than it has been for the last week at Ruby. A week storm is expected tomorrow followed by colder than average and wetter than average for the extended forecast. 

February 20, 2018

Guests rated today a 10/10. 9 runs in Lamoille Canyon with the coldest temperatures of the season today of -3 degrees. A storm is brewing for Thursday.

 

 

February 19, 2018 

Ruby Magic. And the storm of the season. 20 + inches of new snow at 9,000 feet in the last 24 hours with more above. We were in the cat terrain today due to cloud and snow all day. Tomorrow is calling for clearing skies, light winds and cold temperatures. The Rubies are expected to remain in a cold/ wet weather pattern for the extended forecast period. Winter is here. 

February 17, 2018

9 Runs today. 18 runs in 2 days. The stoke is high. Winter storm is expected tomorrow/ Monday with a foot of new snow expected. The Rubies are expected to be in an active weather pattern for the long term period. Let it snow. 

February 16, 2018

9 Runs today in the Lamoille Canyon area. The best day of the year has been happening for the last several days. A storm is on its way with a winter storm advisory begining late tomorrow night through Monday with a foot of new snow expected. Buzzin around here. 

February 15, 2018

A lot of people are asking what the skiing is like at Ruby. We will let this photo speak for itself. Today. 50 cm new snow in the last 4 days. The Rubies are on. 

February 14, 2018

Cold smoke this morning. A storm is expected tonight with 4-6 inches expected in the upper elevations with clearing conditions by tomorrow mroning. Ruby magic. 

February 13, 2018

"The best day of my life." Julie Lyons- First time Ruby guest. 10 runs today with 1 foot+ of new snow. 

February 12, 2018

6-8 inches of new snow at the lodge this morning. 10-12 inches in Conrad Creek. Best Day of the year so far. We skied 6 runs in the cat terrain today due to snow and cloud cover. Forecast tomorrow: Clear & cold. The stoke is HIGH. 

 

 

February 9, 2018

Happy 68th birthday to the King of the Rubies. 

February 8, 2018

Topped it all off today with a run down Verdi and a whole lot of Ruby Magic. 

February 6, 2018

We went north to the Independence Mountains today. A true Ruby roadtrip. Baby corn, the first week of February. 23 degrees and full on winter on top of 10,500+ McCaffee Peak this morning. 

February 5, 2018

Top of Shorties in the head of Talbot Creek. High winds kept us close to home today, skiing 4 runs, back to the lodge by 3 pm and a real nice apres ski session. 

February 4, 2018

The weekend tour saw a little bit of everything. A day in the alpine on Friday, a trip to the southern part of the range on Saturday and a final day of 6 runs today in upper Talbot Creek. 16 Guests arrived this evening to start tour #5 tomorrow. 

February 2, 2018 

9 Runs day one of the tour. A surprise 2 inches of snow and wind yesterday reset our upper elevation terrain. Also good news: The groundhog saw his shadow. Winter coming in hot for 6 more weeks. 

 

January 31, 2018

Closed out January 2018 today skiing 18 runs during the last 3 days, finishing today with 5 runs in Talbot Creek. A full crew arrives tomorrow evening to kick off February 2018. 

January 29, 2018

We followed up yesterday's 10 run day in the alpine with another 10 runs skied today in Talbot Creek. 

January 28, 2018

10 Runs in the high alpine and a run down the Come Line to top it off. High pressure is expected for the next several days. 

January 27, 2018

Saturday's are for the boys. We were in the cats today skiing 7 runs while 2-4 inches of snow fell. Tomorrow's forecast:  clear & calm. The stoke is high. 

January 26, 2018

6-8 inches of new snow. 8 runs in Talbot Creek. Heard those magic words, "As good as it gets" many times today. 

 

January 23, 2018

Blue skies, calm winds, cold temperatures, great snow, and Seitz Canyon. Starting off the first tour of our 41st season right. A weak weather system is expected on Thursday followed by potentially a stronger system on Saturday. Year 41, off and running. 

January 21, 2018

Year 41 begins tomorrow. 

January 19, 2018

Ruby Right Now. Welcome back winter. 6 inches today at the lodge with 1 foot + above 9,000 feet. We will know more tomorrow when we get a good look around. Another storm is expected on Monday for our first tour of the 2018 season. 

 

January 18, 2018

Don’t call it a comeback. Winter Storm Warning for the Rubies through Saturday with an active pattern expected through the long-term forecast. Year 41 begins Monday.

January 17, 2018

Today at Ruby. Guides arrive tomorrow. Our first guests of our 41st season arrive on Sunday night and a Winter Storm Watch is currently in effect begining tomorrow with a foot of new snow likely by Saturday. Ruby Magic starting soon. 

January 11, 2018

We were active in both Lamoille Canyon and Conrad Creek today accessing Lamoille Canyon via snowmobile and Conrad Creek by Snowcat. The Rubies picked up 1.5 inches of liquid in the last 2 days at 9,000 feet. We have a solid meter base of snow at 9,000 with a foot of new snow falling yesterday at that elevation. We are expecting a high pressure ridge for the next 5 days. All models continue to point to a strong West Coast trough bringing an active, colder, wet pattern to the Great Basin begining late next week. 

January 6, 2018

A hike with Ike today in Lamoille Canyon. A sign of good things to come today. The Lamoille Valley woke up to rain early this morning that quickly transitioned to snow. Ruby 360 Lodge picked up 4 inches of new snow with 6 inches new about 9k. We are expecting a powerful storm to impact the Rubies Tuesday-Thursday next week followed by high pressure. The storm door looks to open around January 16th again with several cold storms and a West Coast trough of low pressure. Just in time for our opening tour of our 41st season which begins January 22nd. 

December 31, 2017

Happy New Year from Ruby & The Royer's. 2017 was an incredible year and as we move forward to 2018 we are reminded of how lucky we are to be able to do what we love. The Ruby Mountains and much of the west coast have been under a strong high pressure ridge for the last week. Currently we have around 50% of average snowpack. We have been active in the Conrad Creek area where our snowcat operation is based. The upper elevations look good and there is skiing around. We are a good storm away from having good skiing in the majority of our terrain. The weather is forecasting a pattern shift to a more wetter, more progressive pattern for our area beginning late next week. We are looking forward to our first guests arriving for our 41st season of operation January 21st. Let it snow. Cheers to 2018. 

December 21, 2017

First day of winter! The Rubies had a great storm last night with 8-12 inches of new snow throughout the range. Today we cut in the cat roads to the top of Conrad Creek. Very cold temperatures are expected through the Christmas Holiday with an increase in storms to bring in the New Year. Year 41 of Ruby begins January 22. 

December 17, 2017

The high pressure that has been in place around the entire west since the first week of December is gone. The weather forecast was for a possible inch of snow in the Ruby Mountains last night and it ended up snowing all day, it was a pleasant surprise. We are supposed to get a cold storm full of moisture on Wednesday/ Thursday. Winter is here. We had our first annual Ruby 360 Lodge Christmas Party last night. The lodge is looking festive. 

December 5, 2017

The 280, a long way from home. Cat roads are in to the top of our cat skiing terrain in Conrad Creek. We are 1 good storm away from the Rubies being on. We are preparing and excited for year 41 and our first guests arriving January 21. Dry weather is expected through next week with talk of a possible pattern shift around December 15th. 

December 3, 2017

Happy December. 6" in the Lamoille Valley of new snow today. It was a beautiful, cold, northwest flow system that reminds all of us that winter is coming. Likely a foot + in the upper elevations. High Pressure and cold temperatures are expected for the next week.

 

November 28, 2017

A powerful storm has us feeling like it is winter in Lamoille. 2-3" new in the valley with 4 inches new at the lodge and the upper elevations seeing anywhere between 8-12 inches of new snow. It is still very thin coverage but it is nice to see it looking white again after last weeks warm temperatures. A cold winter storm system is expected for the first weekend of December. Winter is coming. 

November 26, 2017

After a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend in Lamoille we are preparing to send November off with a winter storm advisory for the Rubies from tonight until tomorrow evening with up to a foot of snow possible in the mountains. Let it snow. 

November 19, 2017

Yesterday's recon flight around the range let us know a bit more about what is going on in the mountains. It was a great storm with several feet of new snow in the upper elevations. It is still early and thin but the mountains look white. High pressure is expected for the next few days before a more active flow moves in. We are looking forward to year 41 of Ruby begining mid January. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. 

November 16, 2017

Winter Storm Warning until Friday afternoon with very strong winds and up to a foot of new snow expected in the Ruby Mountains. It has been a beautiful fall in Lamoille but winter is coming. 

October 25, 2017

The Ruby Mountains have had beautiful fall weather for the last several weeks. All of the leaves in the mountains are blown off and we are ready for winter. Ruby is offering several avalanche courses this winter. These courses are all yurt based our of out 10,000 foot yurt site. All classes include a snowcat ride in and out of the yurt. January 19-24, AIARE Pro 2 course. February 2-4 AIARE Level 2 course. March 2-4 AIARE Level 1course. For more information please contact us at 775-753-6867. 

September 23, 2017

This photo was taken today. It is very winterlike in the Rubies. Still very very thin and very very early but exciting to see it white. A few turns of September pow in the head of Lamoille Canyon. 

September 21, 2017

The Rubies got pounded with the first storm of the season. The very wintery northwest flow arrived today with several inches of snow in the Lamoille Valley and easily several feet in the upper elevations. Sending summer 2017 off just the way we like it. 

September 19, 2017

It has been a busy summer in Lamoille. We have been at the lodge everyday for the most part working on landscape. After more than 10,000 feet of sod, trees, bushes, rocks, concrete the outside is starting to look how we would like. 

Just in time for the fall season's first Winter Storm Advisory, in effect tomorrow- Thursday night with up to a foot of snow expected in the Rubies. Summer is gone, fall is here. Looking forward to year 41 and Ruby Magic. 

April 1, 2017

40 years of memories. Thank you to everyone who helped bring the magic to Ruby this season. We are looking forward to the snow bringing us all together again next January at Ruby 360 Lodge when Ruby turns 41. Here are a few photos from the last tour of the season taken by Matt Bansak. 

 

March 26, 2017

Good things to come. A storm system is expected tonight bringing a reset for the final tour of our 40th season. We skied extra vertical today in the Dome/Young Creek area with excellent conditions. 

March 25, 2017 

Today was in the top 5 days this season. 40 cm new 2 nights ago, 20 cm new last night. The Rubies are going off. 

March 24, 2017

Starting off the second to last tour of the season under Nevada blue with a foot of new snow. More snow is expected tonight into Saturday. 

March 23, 2017

6 inches new at the lodge and 12 inches new overnight at 8,000 feet to set up the final two tours of the season. Ruby Magic. 

March 20, 2017

Wrapping up 40 years of operation, settling in to the brand new Ruby 360 Lodge, and after nearly 2 weeks of high pressure, it’s about to be on, with more than 2 feet of new snow in the forecast during the next week. 

The 2017 Bucket List Special: 

3 Days for $3,500

Package includes: 

-All your meals valued at $232.50 (except dinner the arrival night)
-Three nights lodging at the brand new Ruby 360 Lodge, double occupancy
-Guide service
-Ski rental
-And a ski run guarantee of 16 runs.

-Book it online or call us 775-753-6867 

*A limited quantity of single occupancy rooms will be available at Ruby 360 Lodge for an additional fee of $125 per night.

*Extra vertical skiing will be made available if conditions warrant.

Dates Available: 

Arrive March 23, Ski/ Board March 24/26 - 10 seats available.
Arrive March 26, Ski/ Board March 27/29 - 12 seats available. 

March 17, 2017

8 runs today in the Welch Creek area in spring time corn conditions. Winter looks to make a return to the West in the coming days. 

March 16, 2017

Top of Ruby. We landed on the highest peak in the Ruby Mountains today. The Ruby Dome and skied the south face in corn. 

March 14, 2017

9 runs in Long Canyon and this sunset to top it all off. 

March 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to Francy Royer, the Queen of the Rubies. 

March 11, 2017

The corn is on. Warm days and cool nights have started the first corn cycle of the 2017 Ruby season. Cold snow is still found on north facing slopes. We skied 10 runs today in the southern part of the range today with north facing runs holding cold snow and excellent fast corn skiing on solar aspects. 

March 10, 2017

The snowpack is in a transition phase due to the warming trend in the Great Basin. 5 runs today in the high alpine. Warm days and cold nights are expected through the weekend into next week. 

March 8, 2017

Bluebird and High Dry Fork to close out the tour. 9 runs. What a day. 

March 6, 2017

40 cm new overnight in our cat skiing terrain in Conrad. Visibility and wind prevented us from using the aircraft today, but our guests didnt seem to mind, with many calling today the best snow they have ever skied. 

March 5, 2017

It is dumping in Lamoille. 10 inches of snow in the last 5 hours. The storm is expected to last through tonight with lingering snow showers tomorrow. 

March 4, 2017

Taking it all in after a day of touring out of our high yurt. A strong storm is expected tomorrow. 

March 3, 2017

9 runs today in Seitz Canyon and finishing in Talbot Creek. Katie Werner got to open the Come Line under great Conditions. A storm system is expected on Sunday with Winter Weather Advisories posted for the Ruby Mountains. 

 

March 2, 2017

9 runs today in the high alpine and a landing in the Island Notch to top it all off. 

March 1, 2017

12 runs today. And the saying "This is the best day of my life" was dropping after every run. 

February 27, 2017

We woke up to more than a foot of new snow at 9,000 feet this morning. Since February 21st the Rubies have seen more than 4 feet of measured new snow at 9,000 feet. 

February 26, 2017

Francy Royer doing her thing today in upper Talbot Creek. 

February 24, 2017

5 days without seeing the tops of the mountains and after more than 3 feet of new snow this storm cycle, the sun came out today. 

February 22, 2017

The best day of the year. We woke up to 45 cm of snow overnight. The Lamoille Valley transformed back to winter the last several days and we welcomed back the colder temperatures with thigh deep blower powder conditions. The Dean girls were loving it. So was Ruby guide Rob McGillicuddy.

February 21, 2017

It is dumping at Ruby. Another 17 cm new today as we ripped up Conrad Creek in the cats. More snow is expected tonight. 

February 20, 2017

20 cm of snow in the last 2 days in our cat terrain in Conrad Creek with more above. How much? We don't really know, but when it clears we will be ready. More cloud and wind is expected tomorrow, with Wednesday currently forecasted to be clearing. 30 year Ruby veteran guest Mark Boitano today in Conrad Creek. 

February 17, 2017

It's not just about the skiing. Francy Royer and the food and beverage team doing their thing tonight to add to the Ruby experience. 

February 15, 2017

Three days, and 24 runs later we ended the February 13-15 tour with a run in Verdi, one of the most scenic scenes in the Ruby Range. The weather is calling for a warming trend tomorrow followed by an unsettled pattern for the weekend. 

February 12, 2017

We skied 9 runs in the high alpine today. Our guides rated the skiing at an 8.5/ 10 and many of our guests said it was the best ski day of their lives. 

February 11, 2017

Someone flipped the switch. And it's on. 6 inches of new snow overnight with more than a foot of new snow since yesterday. The Rubies are on. Clear, cold and calm expected through the mid-week.

February 10, 2017

After a lengthy wind event and warm temperatures, winter returned today with a powerful Pacific low pressure system. We were in the cats all day and the skiing got progressively better throughout the day. We picked up 6 inches of new snow through the day and it is still snowing. 

February 6, 2017

Today was the first time in the 2017 season the aircraft was grounded due to weather. So we headed to our snowcat terrain, skiing 6 runs of shallow powder with ripping winds of 50+ mph. We are currently under a Winter Storm Warning with 10-20 inches of snow expected by tomorrow night. 

February 4, 2017

Today our guests learned a valuable Ruby lesson. Never trust the weather man. Last night the weather service in Elko forecasted very strong winds of 40+ mph throughout the Ruby Mountains with grey conditions expected all day long. We were thinking it was going to be a day in the snowcats. We woke up to blue sky, calm winds and had one of the best ski days so far this season. 

February 2, 2017

In the words of a group of our guests, "Ruby 360 Lodge will change the game of American Helicopter Skiing." We skied in lower Talbot  Canyon today with our single day skiers finding cold snow in north facing terrain. Here is a photo from yesterday in Dry Fork. 

February 1, 2017

We have been running a custom heli avalanche class for the last 2 days with 7 students from the Tahoe area. A new group comes in tonight for tomorrow's single day of skiing. Temperatures have warmed during the last several days. We are finding cold snow on sheltered north facing terrain. The high pressure ridge that has been dominating the weather for the last several days seems to be on its way out with an increase of snow and colder temperatures starting tomorrow through the weekend. Ruby 360 Lodge is quickly becoming a home away from home for many of our guests. 

January 29, 2017

The first tour of the 2017 Ruby season is complete. We skied 3 full days in the aircraft and every guest opted to ski extra vertical today to finish the tour. We had one group ski 12 runs today, breaking last seasons record day run total of 11. A pattern shift to more active weather is expected next week. One guests said it best before leaving, "Great food. Great Skiing. Great people. And a Great new lodge. What could be better?"

January 27, 2017

Year 40 is here. 200% of normal snowfall, a brand new lodge and Ruby Magic. Skiing is as good as it gets. The weather is forecasted to remain cold, dry and clear with light winds through the weekend. 

January 25, 2017

Today we passed our final inspection. One day before our first guests of the season arrive. Welcome to Ruby 360 Lodge and the 40th Anniversary of Ruby Mountain Heli. 

January 21, 2017

We are off. We opened our 40th season today with an early season cat tour. Guides are here, the aircraft is here and the Ruby snowpack looks like a mid-season product. We skied 7 runs in Conrad Creek today of very high density powder. Our first 3-day package guests arrive Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect tomorrow through Monday with 1-2 feet of snow likely in the Ruby Mountains, followed by a high pressure ridge and very cold temperatures. 

January 12, 2017

The Rubies are currently 207% of normal snowpack for this time of year. The range is very white and looks like a late winter snowpack. The snotel at 8,000 feet in Lamoille Canyon is reading 47 inches. We usually open with about half that. The upper elevations have been pounded for the last week. Snow levels were around 8,500-9,000 for the begining of the week with rain in the Lamoille Valley. Temperatures have dropped in the last several days and today Lamoille woke up to a suprise 6-inch valley snowfall. The aircraft arrives on the 17th, guides will be here the 18th and the lodge continues to move forward. We are hoping to get a certificate of occupancy as soon as we can, it is still too early to tell when exactly we will be in the lodge. The minute we know, we will let all of you know. We are looking forward to all of the memories and magic in 2017. 

January 6, 2017

The Rubies are on. And it is just getting started. This is a photo from today in our snowcat skiing terrain. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect starting tomorrow with three separate strong weather systems expected to impact the Ruby Mountains for the extended long term forecast. The magic begins in less than three weeks when we open our 40th year of operation. 
 
 
January 3, 2017
 
2017 is starting off with a great forecasted storm. The Rubies are under a Winter Storm Warning until Thursday with feet of snow expected in the mountains and up to a foot likely in the Lamoille Valley. It looks like a reset is on the way. We are looking forward to the magic begining in three weeks. 
 
New Ruby Lodge

Ruby 360 Lodge Update - January 1, 2017

Happy New Year From Ruby!

Ruby 360 Lodge continues to move forward. The lodge will be exclusive to RMH guests during the winter season and offer panoramic 360-degree views of the Great Basin and Ruby Mountains from the lodge site at 7,000 feet. The lodge will be 10,000 square feet and feature 10 bedrooms. Ruby 360 Lodge will offer a full bar, in-room massage, helicopter staging out the door, luxury accommodations and exceptional food service.

Finish work is currently being done in the lodge. Kitchen appliances are in place and will be installed this week and furniture is expected to arrive next week.

We are diligently working on the lodge everyday and our goal is to have it open to begin our season to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

Construction is on schedule however, there is a chance it may not be ready for the early season skiers.

If the Lodge is not completed by the time you arrive we will provide lodging at the Marriott in Elko. The method of operating will be similar to the last two years.

If we are not in the lodge and accommodations are based out of Elko for your tour, there will be a refund of $500 per seat for the 3-Day package and a refund of $165 per seat for the Single-Day Package.

All our best,

Joe, Francy and Mike Royer

January 1, 2017
 
Happy New Year! The Rubies saw a lot of wind after December 26, creating variable skiing in open terrain. There is good skiing in sheltered treed terrain throughout the range. Along with the wind, came down several large aspen trees in our Cat Skiing terrain. Pictured is the saw cutting crew from the last several days. An active weather pattern is expected through the next week with accumulating snows expected each day through at least Thursday. Guides arrive on the 18th. Year 40 is near. 
 
December 26, 2016
 
The magic has been rolling at Ruby this December. Pictured is Joe Royer today in Conrad Creek. Brutal cold temperatures of -10 degrees were felt this morning across the Lamoille Valley. The cold temperatures are expected to remain for the next few days before a gradual warming trend enters the Great Basin. High pressure looks to be in place for the next week with below normal temperatures. 
 
 
December 25, 2016
 
The Ruby Mountains got pounded with a Christmas Eve storm for the third time in the last 3 years this weeekend. Snotel sites throughout the range are showing 12-16 inches of new snow at 8000-8500 feet. We made it to the top of Conrad today (9,700), in our snowcat skiing terrain where the skiing is as good as it gets early season at Ruby. Arctic air is being felt here now with bitter cold temperatures of -20 F forecasted for valley locations for the next several nights.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of the Royers. 
December 13, 2016
 
The Great Basin has had a very wet week of weather. Valid reports have come in from the Lamoille Canyon area with a 6 foot base reported around 9,500 feet. We have been active in the Conrad Creek area, where our snowcat roads are fully in for the season. The terrain around the High Ruby Yurt looked very inviting. There is a weak weather disturbance expected on Wednesday/ Thursday, and then a much more powerful storm anticipated this weekend with more than a foot of snow expected in the Ruby Mountains followed by bone chilling Arctic air. Year 40 of Ruby- less than a month and a half away.
 
 
December 7, 2016
Winter is here in the Rubies. We have had an active pattern to begin December. We have a good base of 3' of snow at 9,500 feet. A very wet moisture pattern is expected for the next week with 2-3 inches of liquip precipitation expected across the Ruby Range. Only time will tell how much snow that translates into. We are jamming to get into Ruby 360 Lodge for the start of our 40th year of Ruby. Pictured is our snowcat near the top of Conrad last week. 
November 16, 2016
 
Ruby 360 Lodge continues to move forward. The outside of the building is near finished. Inside, tile floor and painting is taking place this week. It will be down to the wire but as long as we don't hit any setbacks, we should be in the lodge for our 40th season. 
 
The weather in Lamoille has been great for construction for the last month, with above normal temperatures and not not much in the way of precipitation. It has been a beautiful fall weather pattern. That all changed today with the first winter storm of the season blowing into the Great Basin. How much snow? We had to put the plow on the truck to get to the lodge site due to snow and drifts, easily a foot up high with 5-6 inches at the lodge site at 7,000 feet. The weather is expected to remain cold and clear for the next few days and then a return to an active weather pattern for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is a great start.
New Ruby Lodge

Ruby Update - September 13, 2016

We have had a very busy summer and the dream of our own lodge is getting closer each day.

Ruby 360 Lodge will be fully enclosed with the finished siding and roof on by the end of September. The lodge will be exclusive to RMH guests during the winter season and offer panoramic 360-degree views of the Great Basin and Ruby Mountains from the lodge site at 7,000 feet. The lodge will be 10,000 square feet and feature 10 bedrooms. Ruby 360 Lodge will offer a full bar, in-room massage, helicopter staging out the door, luxury accommodations and exceptional food service.

We are diligently working on the lodge everyday and our goal is to have it open by January 1, 2017, to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

Construction is on schedule however, there is a chance it may not be ready for the early season skiers.

If the Lodge is not completed by the time you arrive we will provide lodging at the Marriott in Elko. The method of operating will be similar to the last two years.

If we are not in the lodge and accommodations are based out of Elko for your tour, there will be a refund of $500 per seat for the 3-Day package and a refund of $165 per seat for the Single-Day Package.

All our best,

Joe, Francy and Mike Royer

April 19, 2016

What a difference  year makes. Last year this time the ridges at 10,000 feet in the Rubies were nothing but bare ground. This year there is more than 5 feet of snow at our yurt site at the Top of Conrad Creek at 9,700. We heard there is a possible La Niña expected next winter. The last time that happened was 2011, a record snow year. 

Check out our new year-round yurt glamping system and escape to the Ruby Mountains backcountry. 2 yurts available: 1 at 9,700 feet requiring a 2 hour hike in (snowcats and helicopter access rides are available). Or a vehicle accessed yurt at 7,000 feet. (30 minutes from Elko). Both are fully furnished with comfortable accommodations, full kitchen gear set ups, solar lights and power, propane fireplaces, and propane cook tops. Catering options are available for an additional fee. Great skiing in the winter/ spring. Incredible hiking/ sight seeing in the spring/summer/fall. $250 per night for up to 4 people. Call us for a reservation 775-753-6867 or email us info@helicopterskiing.com.

March 29, 2016

The Ruby 2016 season may be over. But winter is not. The Lamoille Valley woke up to heavy snow and it is still snowing with more than 2 feet measured in the valley at 6,000 feet. One of the biggest storms in recent memory. Snotel snow measuring sites throughout the Ruby Range are showing totals from 30-40 inches of new snow. March— out like a Lion.

March 26, 2016

Year 39 of Ruby ended today. Thank you to everyone who joined us this season and shared the magic of where we call home. We are looking forward to the snow falling in January 2017 when Ruby turns 40. The Ruby Mountains had one of the best snow years in the last decade this season with a very wet November- January. We had great flying conditions in February and March came in like a lamb and seems to be going out like a lion with winter storm warnings currently issued for all of Northern Nevada with more than 3 feet of new snow expected by mid-week. 

March 23, 2016

A Ruby day of Powder Dreams. More than a foot of snow fell yesterday, and this morning the skies cleared. We are approaching the last tour of our 2016 season on March 25/27, which should be excellent skiing with this gift of yesterday's snow from the Snow Gods. 

March 22, 2016

Down day due to weather today. 8 inches of new snow on snotel sites at 7,700 feet with reports of up to 2 feet in the Lamoille Canyon Area. The weather forecast is for clearing skies tomorrow. See you in the morning Rubies. 

March 21, 2016

Extra vertical all around. Skiing remains prime with great cover and snow stability. We are expecting a storm system during the next several days before we start our last tour of the 2016 season on March 25/27. 

March 19, 2016

Making Memories. Ski conditions don't get much better than they are right now in the Ruby Mountains. Snow Stability is very strong, making it possible to access terrain we havent skied in more than 5 years. 

March 17, 2016

St Patrick's Day under Nevada blue. Everyone was feeling very lucky today with cold temperatures, calm winds and powder skiing. Temperatures are expected to warm through the weekend before a storm system early next week. 

March 16, 2016

Eleven runs today in the Lamoille Canyon Area. Skiing anywhere from 8 inches to a foot of storm snow. A warm up is expected starting tomorrow through the weekend as we prepare to wrap up year 39 of Ruby on March 20th. 

March 14, 2016

Cat Skiing today. We were unable to use the aircraft due to high winds and snow. 8 inches in Conrad after it was all said and done. Tomorrow— the winds are forecasted to calm and we expect to see the sun. Stay tuned. 

March 12, 2016

The juice was worth the squeeze. 11 runs today in Seitz, Lamoille and Talbot Creek Areas. A storm is expected to move in tomorrow, with snow through Monday. 

March 9, 2016

3 Days and 28 runs later. These boys have the 2016 run record so far this season. Cold temperatures and light winds have allowed for great flying weather for the last three days. The skiing is excellent. A warming trend and high pressure is expected the next several days before the stormy pattern returns. 

March 7, 2016 

9 runs of powder dreams today. 

March 6, 2016

Something flipped the switch. And it's ON. More than a foot of new snow today. Look for a spring special from us dropping tomorrow. 

March 4, 2016

Have a day, Ruby Lead guide FA. Today we skied High Griswold, for the first time in nearly a decade. 

March 3, 2016

March has come in like anything but a lion with warm temperatures and spring-like conditions. But that is all about to change. A very wet pattern with cold temperatures and heavy snow is expected to dominate the Ruby Mountains starting Saturday until next week. We will be offering a "Spring Fling" 3 day package special for the end of March. Stay tuned for details in the coming days.  

February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Year. The corn is on. Big pattern change is expected starting Friday with snow and cold temperatures. Winter returns. 

February 27, 2016

24 runs in 3 days. Cold snow on north aspects, corn on solar. We are expecting a warming trend through mid week, before a pattern change next weekend. 

February 25, 2016

Mike Kruger, dropping. Where can you find cold snow in the Western United States right now? Here. 7 runs today in the alpine terrain. 

February 24, 2016

Since opening our 39th season on January 22nd, we have been in the snowcats 3 days. The streak of good flying continues. 

February 22, 2016

Extra vertical today in the high alpine. Flying weather had been perfect with cold temperatures and calm winds. A warming trend is expected the next several days. 

February 21, 2016  

We covered a lot of terrain today, ending in the shadows of the world's oldest living organisms, Bristlecone Pine trees, found in the southern part of the Rubies. It was magic. We are expecting a weak low pressure system tomorrow followed by a week of great flying weather before a possible pattern change next weekend. Perhaps March comes in like a lion. 

February 18, 2016

Have a day, Georgia Dean. This was yesterday. We did not fly today due to snow and wind. We were in our cat skiing terrain which picked up 6 inches of white gold overnight. The sky is expected to be clear and the winds are forecasted to decrease overnight. See you tomorrow Rubies. 

February 16, 2016

Smiles all around today after 9 runs in the high alpine. We are expecting one more day of good flying weather tomorrow before a low pressure system moves in on Thursday bringing colder temperatures and snow to the Ruby Mountains. 

February 14, 2016

Love was in the air this Valentines Day, love and snowflakes. A suprise quick moving storm left us with several inches of snow in the mountains last night and this morning, along with some wind it turned the Ruby Mountains from feeling like spring back to winter. High pressure builds Monday and Tuesday before a pattern shift and a strong low pressure system expected on Thursday. 

February 12, 2016

Since our January 22nd opening, we have flown 21/22 days. That may change next week as a pattern shift and strong low pressure system is expected in the Ruby Mountains. 7 runs and corn skiing in the alpine today. 

February 9, 2016

Take it away, Joe Royer. 8 Runs today in Long Canyon. Warm temperatures are expected through the week. We are finding cold snow on Northern aspects and could be working out way into a corn cycle in the next few days with light winds and great flying weather expected. We have seats avaliable in March, come experience Ruby Magic. 

February 5, 2016

Have a day, Mark DeJonghe. 8 Runs in the high alpine terrain. No day like a Ruby day. 

February 2, 2016

We have been hearing the magic words a lot lately... "That was the best skiing of my whole life." 

Cold smoke in Cold Creek today. 10 runs

January 30, 2016

15 inches of new snow overnight. The best day of the year so far. 

January 28, 2016

We skied 8 runs today in Talbot Creek. The storm door is open with a Winter Storm Warning in effect until Saturday night with 2 feet of snow possible in the Rubies. 

January 27, 2016

Today was our 7th straight day of flying. It appears that will come to an end on Friday or Saturday as a strong low pressure system is expected to move into the Ruby Mountain area with more than a foot of snow expected by the begining of next week. Some people call the Rubies the best kept secret in the Western U.S. We call them home. 

January 26, 2016

Light winds, cold temperatures, 200,000 skiable acres, an A-star 350 B3 aircraft and the famous Ruby ESP (excellent shallow powder). We skied 15 runs the last 2 days with excellent conditions. The weather looks like good flying tomorrow and Thursday and then several storm systems are expected to impact the Ruby Mountains starting this weekend into next week. 

January 24, 2016

The first tour of our 39th season came to a close today. We skied 18 runs in 3 days in the Talbot and Thorpe Canyons. 16 new guests arrived tonight and will begin their 3-Day tour with us tomorrow. The flying conditions look excellent the next few days with clearing skies, light winds and cold temperatures through Wednesday. 

Pictured is Nick Thomson throwing up some white gold in a run we call Fukawi today. 

January 22, 2016

Our first day of the 2016 season. 39 years of Ruby and one big inspiration today. Tyler Burdick, is a former Navy corpsman. He had a below-the-knee amputation on both legs to address injuries he suffered in Afghanistan. Very humbling. 

The skiing is great. We skied in Talbot Creek and the Right Fork of Lamoille Canyon today. The cover is the best we have seen in years. We are expecting a storm system to impact the Ruby Mountains tomorrow and Sunday with new snow in the forecast. 

January 21, 2016

It's time. Year 39 of Ruby begins tomorrow. We couldn't be more excited for Ruby Magic. A storm system is looming for Saturday/Sunday. 

Januray 19, 2016

We were able to use the small weather window we had this morning to get out in the aircraft into some terain before we were pushed out of the mountains due to snow and wind. The snowpack looks great with the best cover we have seen this time of year since the 2011 season. We are making out last preparations before out first guests arrive on Thursday evening. 

Janury 18th, 2016

The guides and the aircraft are here. Lamoille has warmed up the last several days with light rain in the valley and snow in the mountians. The Rubies were obscured by clouds all day today with zero visibility of our ski terrain. Tomorrow is forecasted to be similiar, with a possible break in the clouds in the morning which would allow us to get out and open some of our terrain. We are preparing and ready to welcome our first guests of our 39th season on Thursday evening for the first 3-Day tour of the season begining on Friday January 22nd. 

January 13th, 2016

Backcountry Magazine came to Ruby for an early season shoot today. The temperatures have remained cold and the skiing is excellent. The snowpack has a very strong mid pack. Our guides arrive on Sunday, and the aircraft will be here Monday. Look for added conditions and observations when we get out in the aircraft and are able to access more of our terrain. We couldn't be more excited for our opening January 22nd to kick off our 39th season

January 11th, 2016

Jazz music out of the speaker, bluebird, no wind, powder skiing, lunch at the yurt and a 10k foot view. On a monday. Today we wrapped up our early season cat skiing tour. And now we get ready. The guides and aircraft arrive in a week and the storm door is open again. The weather service is calling for an active weather pattern for the next week. 

January 10th, 2016

And just like that, we are off. Today we kicked off 39 years of Ruby with an early season cat skiing tour with a group from Boise. Today was the first time in 20 years Ruby has opened early. The aircraft and guides arrive on the 18th. We have 170 cm on our Conrad Creek snow stake at 8,500 feet in our cat skiing terrain, the Rubies picked up about a foot of new snow the night of January 8th. The skiing is excellent. We are looking forward to our first three-day tour January 22-24 and a great season ahead. 

 

January 5th, 2016

Today we are launching our new website. BDG Web Design out of Reno, Nevada organized and put together our site with a full mobile version. The new site allows guests to easily book online, view our current conditions, and find out information on the Ruby Mountains, we will also be adding a yurt booking calendar for both the High Yurt and the Conrad Creek yurt in the coming week. 

January 4th, 2016

Current Conditions in the Ruby Mountains

2016 Early Season Special

3 Days for 3K
The Ruby Mountains are currently 200% of normal snow for this time of year, making them the highest percentage above normal mountain range in the entire Western US.

Dates Avaliable:
Arrive Jan 24, ski/board Jan 25-27
Arrive Jan 28, ski/board Jan 29-31
Arive Jan 31, ski/board Feb1-3

The three day package includes:
All of your meals (except dinner the arrival night)
Three nights lodging, double occupancy
Guide service
Ski rental
A ski guarantee of 18 runs
Airport and Lamoille shuttle service to and from RMH

Call us, 775-753-6867 or email us info@helicopterskiing.com for booking

January 3rd, 2016

Current Conditions in the Ruby Mountains

New Year, New Yurt. Introducing our new 24-foot Pacific Yurt located on Conrad Creek with vehicle access. This location is a 10 minute drive from the town of Lamoille. This cozy, year-round operational yurt is fully furnished with comfortable sleeping for up to 4 people, propane fireplace, GoalZero solar powered lights and power, propane burners and oven and a full kitchen set-up. $250 per night total cost with catering packages avaliable for an additional fee. The Conrad Creek Yurt is the ideal base for your next adventure or special occasion.

January 1st, 2016

Current conditions in the Ruby Mountains

Happy New Year from Ruby.

The Great Basin has been under extremely cold temperatures for the last week with highs not getting above freezing. We have also had a strong SE wind event. There is very good skiing in the trees and where the snow has been sheltered. We expect a pattern change for the next week, with warmer temperatures and an increase in precipitation.

We are opening early for the first time, hosting a snowcat tour on January 10&11th in Conrad Creek!

Our guides arrive January 18th with our first tour of the year starting January 22nd.

December 26th, 2015

Current Conditions in the Ruby Mountains

Today was the first day we were able to see the mountains and look around in more than a week. We found the magic. 5 1/2 foot base in our snow cat terrain at 9,000 feet, more above. Cold smoke.

Very cold temperatures and high pressure are expected through the middle of next week.

Francy Royer was loving it today in Conrad Creek.

December 25th, 2015

Current Conditions in the Ruby Mountains

The week long-plus streak of not being able to see the mountains continued today. The town of Lamoille woke up to a white Christmas and the snow continued throughout the day in the Ruby Mountains with more than a foot of new by the end of the day in our cat skiing terrain in Conrad Creek. The skiing is as good as it gets. We are looking at a 5-6 foot base at 9,000 feet in elevation with more snow in higher terrain. Come join us for Ruby Magic this season.

The weather forecast is for several weak systems through next week with dangerous temperatures reaching double digit below zero lows.

Happy Holidays.