Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Paradise


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Paradise

Discovery Tour. M1 Trip. Primary Co-Leaders:  Jeanette Morrison and Ron Jarvis. Primary trip objective: Safe fun in the mountains with new and old friends on skis and/or snowboard.

  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft

Meeting and pre-trip discussion over breakfast @ Bruno’s in Eatonville, 204 Center Street East, Eatonville, WA 98328, at 7:30 AM.

A varied array of backcountry skiing terrain is available around Paradise allowing the opportunity for safe and enjoyable ski touring in most weather, snow and avalanche conditions. Unfortunately, the barrier of entry to this near infinite number of terrain choices is the Park Service’s “Gate Roulette” in times of heavy overnight snowfall. A Paradise skier risks getting no more than a long drive and breakfast for the day for one’s efforts in such conditions. But when the cards fall right the risks are quickly forgotten.

These Leaders prefer minimum distance covered and maximum downhill skiing for effort expended. Possibility of auto-assisted vertical and/or yo-yo skiing of single short slope containing good snow. Fluid Initial group terrain objectives will be based on weather, snowpack, group dynamics and preferences.

Do not sign up for this tour if you are looking for an epic, life changing experience. Expect a fun, relaxed pace. At least intermediate skiing/riding skills would be advisable; terrain possible could be steeps, alpine, trees, mellow cruisers, and/or trail skiing.

 If there is fresh snow or any trail breaking required expect to break trail unless you are over 70, a stroke and heart attack survivor and a trip leader :).  Post-trip debriefing at restaurant optional.

Basic avalanche awareness training required.

Unless you have skied with us before (and have not been banished :)), leader permission is required prior to self-registration. Please include a short summary of your prior skiing and backcountry experience to We are looking forward to having fun and learning with you in the backcountry.




  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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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
  • FRS/GMRS Radios (if already owned – no need to buy)

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