Red Mountain (Salmon La Sac)


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Red Mountain (Salmon La Sac)

Moderate backcountry tour for developing ski tourists.

  • M2 Advanced Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,880 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Trailhead (47.3858267988, -121.09386946) -- Exit 80 of I-90 then left and though Roslyn and Ronald.   You'll  need to proceed past the parking area, U-Turn andpark on the west side of the road.   9:00 AM

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Tour intended for developing ski tourers to gain experience in a relaxed setting. 

The terrain on Red Mountain is moderately challenging -- be able to confidently descend a single black diamond run at a ski area.

The goal of this trip is enjoyable skiing -- most likely the ridgeline will be the high point as the actual summit is craggy rocks and more of a scramble than a ski.

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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.

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Red Mountain (Salmon La Sac)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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