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Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Radio Mountain

Introductory backcountry tour

  • Moderate, M1 Intremediate Ski
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,400 ft
  • Pace: Easy/Moderate

Summit Pancake House -- Exit 52 of I-90   9:00AM

603 WA-906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068

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Trip intended for folks new to backcountry  skiing to gain experience using skins and touring in a relaxed and low commitment setting.  

Parking will be at the Silver Fir base area of Summit Central -- or possibly Summit East parking area -- no sno-park required.

Map of approximate route:

Depending on snow depth at the time we might ascent and/or descend ski runs at Summit Central/East if there isn't deep enough coverage in the forest below Hyak Lake.   I consider a depth of 50 inches or above on the WSDOT Snoqualmie Pass gauge to sufficient .

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:

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Olallie/Radio Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (two or three antenna digital beacon -- no analog beacons)
  • Avalanche probe
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