PRICE

Snoqualmie Pass Intro Touring – $495
Mount Baker Intro Touring – $495
(minimum 2 participates) 

SCHEDULE

Snoqualmie Pass Tour
March 16 – March 17, 2019
April 6 – April 7, 2019

Mount Baker Tour

April 27 – April 28, 2019
May 11 – May 12, 2019

Inquire for private dates

DETAILS

Grade: Beginner
2 Day Course

 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Leave the crowds behind and learn how to backcountry ski. During this course we will 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 will also introduce, and review avalanche safety equipment required to move in the backcountry.

Intro to Backcountry Skiing • 2 Day Course

We offer our Backcountry introduction course on Mount Baker or at Snoqualmie Pass. 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 will 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 will 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.

Mount Baker Intro Touring

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.

Snoqualmie Pass Intro Touring

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.

Intro to Backcountry Ski School 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 climb rates

Ski Highlights

  • Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure and learn to backcountry ski.
  • Ski tour on the second most glaciated peak of the Cascade Range or at Snoqualmie Pass.

4 to 1 Skier to Guide Ratio

We lead the Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course at a 4 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the tour.

Northwest Alpine Guides holds a Special Use Permit and is an authorized outfitter guide within Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mt. Baker Ranger District

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).”

ITINERARY

Mount Baker Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the course begins.

Day 1. Move to high camp on Mount Baker

After equipment check in Sedro Woolley, the drive to Schreibers Meadow takes approximately one hour. From the trailhead the skin up to high camp takes 3-4 hours. We will be teaching skills and getting familiar with our equipment along the way.

Accommodations: Tented Camp

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.

Plan to depart the day after the course ends.

Itinerary Notes
Northwest Alpine Guides 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

Snoqualmie Pass Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the course begins.

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.

Accommodations are not included: Overnight at Snoqualmie Pass, WA

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.

Plan to depart the day after the course ends.

Itinerary Notes
Northwest Alpine Guides 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

DETAILS

Where to Meet

We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration. If you’re renting equipment in Seattle, we advise arriving the day before the course to get your gear situated.

Deposit and Payments

$200.00 deposit per person includes a non-refundable registration fee, due with application. Balance due 90 days prior to start date.

Price Includes

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

Price Does Not Include

  • 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

Tipping

Our guides are dedicated to working hard to ensure your success and well-being on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Tips normally average 10 – 20% of the cost of the program. If you prefer to transfer funds, please send gratuities through paypal.me/mountaingurus

Date Changes

Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 30 days prior to your departure date for a $100 fee per person. Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. There are no date changes allowed less than 30 days before departure.

Age Guidelines

Participants age 16 & 17, on a fixed date group climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Participants age 15 or under, NWAG requires a private climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

A minor climber must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian throughout the entirety of the program. If either climber must descend at any time during the program, both climbers must descend together.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that all participants consider travel and trip cancellation insurance. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection in the event of a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or while traveling. Northwest Alpine Guides does not insure you against these risks. For more info about current coverage plans and quotes please visit.

TripAssure

We recommend Assure Adventure Plans to cover travelers participating in climbing, skiing, mountaineering and trekking programs. Click here for a quote Reference code: MOUN0700WA

Adventure Plan and Adventure Plus Plan differ only in the coverage option which allows you to Cancel for Any Reason. In order to receive Cancel for Any Reason coverage you must purchase the Adventure Plan Plus within 15 days of paying your deposit or payment with NWAG.

Global Rescue

We recommend Signature Travel Insurance. For travel insurance or Global Rescue membership.
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Cancellations

Since departures require a minimum number of participates, Northwest Alpine Guides must adhere to a stringent refund policy. The policy is intended to protect participants who have otherwise committed time and resources to the departure. Please read our Online Reservation for Terms and Conditions.