Cross-country Ski - Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center

Trip

Cross-country Ski - Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center

We will take the Silver Fir Chairlift and explore some of the upper trails of the Summit Nordic Trail System returning by the Mount Catherine Loop. This is a more difficult N3 classified trip.

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  • N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

Meet at North Bend Safeway Parking Lot, I-90 exit 31 at 8:15am to arrange carpools and transfer skis and other equipment ready to leave at 8:30am. Or you may meet us at the Silver Fir Lodge/Outpost at 9:00 am.

Directions to both locations and other trip details will be emailed as soon after registration closes at 5 pm on March 12.

PLEASE DON'T REGISTER UNTIL YOU HAVE REVIEWED THE NOTES BELOW, YOU ARE SURE YOU ARE AVAILABLE AND THE MEETING TIME AND LOCATION WORK FOR YOU. 

BY REGISTERING THIS LEADER CONSIDERS YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE TRIP. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. THANK YOU!

Depending on conditions, we might require some vehicles with AWD/4WD and/or tire chains to enable us all to carpool from our North Bend meeting place to the trailhead. The leader will invite volunteer drivers from within the group to come forward once registration is closed.

If you are hoping for a ride you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and locations you can reach by transit to meet a driver.

This trip is classified as N3/4 with 12 miles of trails to ski and 1,000 ft. elevation gain. It is therefore restricted to more experienced Nordic skiers who are able to manage steeper and longer climbs and descents as well a ride up on a chairlift. The Silver Fir lift has a modern detachable chair system that goes slowly as you get on at the bottom and off at the top. So, it's much less of a challenge than the East Peak fixed chair at Summit East.

We will drive to the Silver Fir Lodge/Outpost at Summit Central and take the Silver Fir chairlift to the top. Subject to snow and weather conditions, from there we will explore some of the upper trails and then ski round the Mt. Catherine Loop back down to Summit East via Ripsaw, Olallie Meadows, Windy Pass and the Cold Creek Trail. We will take the shuttle van back to Silver Fir from Summit East.

The trails we will use involve some quite strenuous climbs and some steep descents. Good herringbone climbing and downhill wedge braking and turning are a must.  You must also have a good level of fitness and stamina and be willing to take a chairlift up, wearing your Nordic skis and carrying a backpack fastened to your front or on you lap.

Please contact the trip leader if you are unsure whether you meet these requirements. Either classic non-wax skis (with or without metal edges) or skate skis are best. Al the trails that are open should be recently groomed. In the event of high avalanche danger the Mt. Catherine Loop can be closed. In these circumstances we can descend by Hidden Valley. The top section is very steep, narrow and has tight turns. I plan to take skis off and walk this part!

You may carpool from the North Bend Safeway, meeting at 8:30 am or meet us at the Silver Fir Lodge/Outpost at 9:15 am.

TRAILS PASSES: This trip will involve buying a Summit Nordic trails day pass for $27 ($22 for seniors 62 years and over and free for 70 and above). The pass includes use of the chairlift. We will each buy our pass at the Silver Fir Lodge.

Directions and other trip details will be provided by email on March 12 soon after registration closes at 5:00 pm. In the interim, please direct any questions to the trip leader, Chris Ensor, ctrails@comcast.net

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Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center



  • USGS Lost Lake

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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