Artist Point


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Artist Point

Beginner backcountry ski trip - focus on efficient uphill travel and route selection

  • Moderate, M1 Intremediate Ski
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • Pace: It's cool to be slow!

Meet at Mountaineers Baker lodge at 10am on Saturday Jan 14.

For directions to the lodge and to sign up to stay overnight:

I will be one of the lodge hosts for the weekend, and highly recommend spending Friday night at the lodge to get in the mood and avoid dealing with ski area crowds.

If you are coming up for just the day, please park efficiently in the lodge parking lot or, if full, anywhere there's ski area parking. Grab all your gear and meet the group in the lodge basement by 10am sharp. I recommend heading up early in case there's traffic kerfuffles. You can come hang out in the lodge and enjoy some hot beverages and breakfast leftovers. 

Once assembled, will get geared up,  discuss our trip plan, and leave the lodge by 10:30am. Anticipate that we will be back at the lodge by 3pm. 

This trip is specifically geared towards beginners who want to build their confidence in the backcountry. You MUST be able to get down most black diamond runs at the ski area without trouble, as the backcountry terrain and snow is inherently more challenging. Other than that, we will not judge you based on your speed or skill level, just on your attitude and whether you forgot your gloves. If you are fast and experienced, you are welcome to join, but must be patient. We will decide on our specific route for the day based on weather and snow conditions, as well as the goals of the group.  We can work on thinking through route selection, practicing efficient skinning in challenging terrain, and backcountry leadership skills. 


Artist Point

  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14

    Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX

    USGS Shuksan Arm
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
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