Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Skyline Ridge to Tye Peak


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Skyline Ridge to Tye Peak

Enjoyable tour for developing ski tourers

  • Moderate, M2 Advanced Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft
  • 7:30AM
    Stevens Pass Parking lot G
    Lot G is on the North side of the highway.  
    The 7:30AM meeting time is intended so that we arrive well in advance of the lift skiers and don't need to park in the overflow lots at Yodelin or the XC center and take the shuttle.    

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.

Trip roster size will be eight people.    However I'm setting the roster size initially to zero so everyone will need to enroll on the waitlist.   After the open enrollment period is over I will maually move people from the waitlist to the roster  favoring people based on the following criteria:

1) Whether COVID-19 vacination and boosters are up to date.
2) Whether the person has been, is or will be on a backcountry ski trip roster in recent times -- with favor shown to people who have not. 
3) How much experience does the person have with backcountry ski touring -- with favor shown to people with little experience. 
4) Wehther the person has Wilderness First Aid, or other medical training as is willing to act as a caregiver if there is a mishap.
5) Whether the person is willing to carpool.

Please provide details of these criteria in the "Registration notes" 

Here are two GPX tracks from  prior trips.

We will vary from these GPX tracks  in several ways depending on conditions -- but this give you a general idea of the route.  Note especially that the 1/5 track the return route from 4600ft down the PCT at 4000ft was a fiasco in extremely tight timber -- we will not be repeating that mistake.

The general plan will be to skin up the road to and across Skyline Lake and to ridge and ski "the backside" down to about 4600ft and then skin up the far ridge to the top of Tye peak  (5476)  ski the east aspect of Tye peak and then skin back up our down tracks back toward Skyline Lake.  from that ridge we can either retrace our ascent route (skiing the clearcuts rather than the road) or take a more adventurous return on the east aspect slopes ofpoint 5447 down to the PCT  and return the parking lot by slogging up the PCT.   Exact route selection on the day will depend on conditions and group concensous.

Because we  plan on skiing "the backside"  and possibly "Moonlight" bowl I've given this trip an "M2" rating -- this mean you should be able to confidently ski "single black" ski runs at a resport. 

Note:  A Winter Storm Warning, Extreme Avalanche Forecast from NWAC, Freezing Rain or "Chains Required" on the highway will cancel the trip.  

Additional Info:

My Touring Tips

My day touring ski pack contents:

My Driving Tips:


Skyline Lake, Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

    USGS Stevens Pass

    USGS Labyrinth Mtn

    Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (3 antenna digital beacon)
  • Avalanche probe
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