Northwest Ski Touring

Backcountry Ski Touring

Price $450 - $490
Schedule
  • 03/09/2018 - Snoqualmie Intro
  • 05/18/2018 - Mount Baker Intro
  • 06/15/2018 - Mount Baker Intro
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Backcountry Ski Touring

Snoqualmie Pass Intro Touring – $450
Mount Baker Intro Touring – $490
(minimum 2 participates) 

Leave the crowds behind and learn how to backcountry ski. During this course we’ll introduce the essential ski gear that allows us to travel throughout the backcountry, including the use of climbing skins. The course objectives seek to develop the skills and techniques associated with uphill and downhill travel on alpine touring gear. We’ll also introduce, and review avalanche safety equipment required to move in the backcountry.

Both courses are designed for intermediate in-bounds skiers seeking to transition from resort skiing into the backcountry. The Snoqualmie tour offers better access to Seattle, overnight accommodations are not included, although you’ll have an opportunity to rest up, shower and prepare for the next days adventure. Mount Baker is a true overnight backcountry experience, we stay in mountain tents or a historic fire watch hut when available. The Mount Baker tour requires a higher level of physical fitness as you’ll need to skin up to high camp with a backpack and all your overnight gear. The Snoqualmie tour is better suited for those with limited backcountry camping experience, or for those who simply want to relax and enjoy a nice evening dinner after a great day of skiing.

Snoqualmie Pass Intro Backcountry Ski Touring • 2 day course

Snoqualmie Pass offers superb backcountry access just 45 minutes from Seattle. Our course discovers the Alpental side country and tours Snow Lake basin with it’s abundant snow. The pass hosts Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort and it’s pristine alpine terrain within a short distance.

Day 1. Intro to BC skiing on the “Side country”

After equipment check, our day begins at Summit at Snoqualmie Alpental Ski Resort, we will be ridding the chair lift accessing and teaching skills, getting familiar with our equipment and riding in the “side country”, out of bounds skiing.

Day 2. Move to the Backcountry

Today we explore the Alpental Basin backcountry. This is a true backcountry experience. We continue building on the skills from day one, touring the local terrain and a ski decent to the trailhead.

Mount Baker Intro Backcountry Ski Touring • 2 day course

Mount Baker offers one of the best ski descents in North America with 7,000′ of glaciated riding! Mount Baker’s native name is Komo Kulshan – The White Watcher, who watched over the Salish Sea. Mount Baker’s fame stems from its accessible, enormous glaciers that skiers gravitate to learn on and challenge themselves whether on the gentle Easton Glacier to the steep Park Headwall. We approach via the Schreiber’s Meadow, skiers have ample opportunity to practice their glacial riding skills from the comfort of the 6,000′ base camp with views of the Twin Sisters Range, Mount Rainier, and the crest of the North Cascades.

Day 1. Move to high camp on Mount Baker

After equipment check we drive to Schrieber’s Meadow trailhead and skin to high camp. We will be teaching skills and getting familiar with our equipment along the way.

Day 2. Tour the Easton Glacier and ski descent

Today we will tour the lower Easton Glacier, moving as high as conditions allow. This is a true backcountry experience. We continue building on the skills from day one. We descend to high camp, pack up and ski decent to the trailhead.

Intro to Backcountry Touring Curriculum

•  Introduce ski touring equipment
•  Transceivers and avalanche equipment
•  Ascending and movement on skis, track setting
•  Tour plan selection and accessing terrain hazards

Mount Baker Ski Descent

Skiing Mount Baker offers one of the best ski descents in North America, with 7,000′ of glaciated riding! You can count on one hand the places on Earth that receive as much snow as Mount Baker and the North Cascades. We generally recommend 3 days, although an ascent and descent can be completed in two long days by advanced skiers. Inquire for private/custom climb rates

Snoqualmie Pass Itinerary

Day 1. Intro to BC skiing on the “Side country”

After equipment check, our day begins at Summit at Snoqualmie Alpental Ski Resort, we will be ridding the chair lift accessing and teaching skills, getting familiar with our equipment and riding in the “side country”, out of bounds skiing.

Day 2. Move to the Backcountry

Today we explore the Alpental Basin backcountry. This is a true backcountry experience. We continue building on the skills from day one, touring the local terrain and a ski decent to the trailhead.


Mount Baker Itinerary

Day 1. Move to high camp on Mount Baker

After equipment check we drive to Schrieber’s Meadow trailhead and skin to high camp. We will be teaching skills and getting familiar with our equipment along the way.

Day 2. Tour the Easton Glacier and ski descent

Today we will tour the lower Easton Glacier, moving as high as conditions allow. This is a true backcountry experience. We continue building on the skills from day one. We descend to high camp, pack up and ski decent to the trailhead.


Itinerary Notes
NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Where to Meet
We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.


Registration and Payments
Deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to start date. Please read NW Alpine Guides Reservation/Refund Policy for details.


Services included
Guided ski tour and instruction
Boiled water for meals
Professional ski guide
Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
Wilderness Permits


Services not included
Transportation
Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
Lift tickets at Alpental
Meals and snack food
Personal gear
Transceivers, shovels, probes or ski touring equipment
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

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