Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Haney Meadow Loop


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Haney Meadow Loop

Enjoyable tour to Windy Knob and Tronsen Head for developing ski tourers. (Rescheduled)

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • M2 Advanced Ski, Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,980 ft
  • Pace: 800 ft/h


Chelan County parking area -- HWY-97 and USFS-7240

No sno-park permit is required for this location. 

If this location is full  more free parking can be found here:
and here:

At this time due to COVID-19, I'm discouraging carpooling with non-household members.   The trip plans and guidance may change at anytime due to changing conditions, this includes last minute cancellation.

I drive a Blue Honda CRV.

Trip intended for folks looking to develop ski touring experience in a safe, relaxed and supportive environment.    Hard charging folks will likely find the pacing and cautious approach frustrating.

Here is a GPX track of a prior trip.
We will vary from that GPX track in several ways -- but this give you an idea of the general route.

We will likely make a lap on the slope below "Windy Knob"  -- it usually provides good skiing --- then our descent from the top of Tronsen Head will likley be not as far north as the GPX track -- I plan on scouting a route through the trees and cliff bands onto the open slopes during my "brush clearing trip" on October 18th.

Update:   I have scouted and done some branch trimming on the more direct descent route from the top of Tronsen Head.   This descent involves some semi-open tree skiing , one steeper pitch, open talus slopes and then some semi-open tree skiing to connect to the exit road.    My assement of the slope steepness is that you should be able to confidently ski a single black diamond ski run at a resort for this descent to be enjoyable. 

The views from the top of Tronsen Head can be fantastic -- but it can also be windy -- be sure to pack enough layers to be able to stop and enjoy the views  even if the weather is a bit nippy.

Note:  A Winter Storm Warning, Extreme Avalanche Forecast from NWAC, Freezing Rain or "Chains Required" on the highway will cancel the trip.    If NWAC forecast is for a High avalanche hazard -- inbounds lift skiing will be a fallback option considered.

Additional Info:

My Touring Tips

My day touring ski pack contents:

My Driving Tips:


Haney Meadow Loop, Diamond Head & Windy Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/splitboard, poles (snowshoes not acceptable for uphill travel)
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (digital only)
  • Avalanche probe
Trip Reports