Cross-country Ski - Amabilis Mountain


Cross-country Ski - Amabilis Mountain

The snowy summit of Amabilis is a winter wonderland and has some gorgeous views on a clear day! This is a demanding 10 mile round trip ski to the summit with approximately 2,200 ft. in elevation gain.

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.
  • Strenuous, N4 Nordic Advanced Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,500 ft

Meeting place and time

CHANGE OF DATE and TIME: We have moved this ski one day ahead to Thursday, March 11th instead of Wed., Mar 10th.

 Arrive at 9:30 at the first parking lot of Cabin Creek SnoPark. Prep for the ski at your car. We will meet at my car at approx. 9:40 for our ski meet-up. More meet up and ski information will be shared with the participants after registration closes.

COVID -19 Guidelines

We will follow all Mountaineer COVID-19 Guidelines on this trip. Come prepared with your face mask, hand-sanitizer, and other safety essentials.  Please read and review the Mountaineer's COVID 19 Response for the latest up-to-date guidelines that we will follow.  This includes wearing a mask when we are in group and pulling up our masks when passing other skiers on the trail. We will keep a 6ft+ social distance at trail meet-ups and on the trail. Participants will cancel the trip if s/he have had exposure to COVID-19 before the trip.

Register for this trip if:

  • You will ski on steel-edged touring skis. 
  • You are an intermediate to advanced XC skier who has the ski skills to ski/walk uphill  and ski a steep and challenging  descent on the return. Each way is approx. 5 miles, 10 miles round trip. 
  •  N3/N4 XC ski skills of strong sustained wedge (snowplow), wedge turn for the many sharp switchbacks, and solid braking.
  • You have stamina to keep a steady and continuous pace (slow to faster, but continuous)  going uphill to the summit. Several rest stops will be taken en route.
  • You have or will have a WA Snopark Pass, purchased in advance of arrival to the trail head. One can purchase this pass on-line at:
  • By registering for this trip, we consider that you have made a commitment. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the waitlist, it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. 

You Understand that….

  • Planned routes can change. Weather and trail conditions are difficult to predict in advance. The plan is to take the South Trail to the right of the “Y” to go up to the summit, find a good spot to eat lunch, and tour some trails at the summit before taking the North Trail down on the return. However, what we actually do depends on the day’s grooming, trail and weather conditions.
  • The trail conditions on the entire uphill route can be icy, rutted or have deep ungroomed snow. The trail can be impacted by changes in weather, old vs. new snow, and ski and snowshoe activity. We will take the best route for the day’s weather and grooming conditions, which may be different then the plan above.
  • There are several potential avalanche slide zones on both routes above the Y. We will check the NW Avalanche Center forecast the night before and make observations the day of. If there is a "High" or "Extreme" avalanche danger on our day of travel, we will turn back at the Y. If time and desire allow, we will ski the Viking or Berg trails instead of Upper Amabilis.
  • The Trip Leader will vet each skier over the phone upon registration to make sure s/he has the ski skills required for this ski trip. If we have skied together previously, it may not be necessary.

In the interim, if you are uncertain of your ski ability or stamina, have questions about your ski gear to manage this type of ski trip, or the route please contact the trip leader,  Cheri Solien., 520-907-5819.


Amabilis Mountain

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