Snow Bowl Hut, High Hut & The Yurt


Cross-country Ski - Snow Bowl Hut, High Hut & The Yurt

Our goal is High Hut for the great views and lunch. While this is road skiing, it is mostly uphill and then continuous downhill back. The road may not be groomed but we should have good spring skiing conditions (with any luck). This trip is not for beginners.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • Pace: moderate

Meet at Martin Way  Park & Ride in Lacey at 6:45 and depart at 7 am sharp. A Snow Park permit will still be required for all vehicles that park (will clarify before the trip). Snow Park permits must be purchased in advance from the Washington State website (alternatively can be purchased at Cabellas in Lacey). 

For those not living in Olympia, we can meet up in Eatonville. 

For those not driving, extra funds to reimburse the driver for the Snow Park Permit is recommended.  

Leaders permission is required. While road skiing up is not hard, it requires conditioning to ski up.  Skiing down requires a solid snow plow, ability to turn and stop and strong leg muscles. This trip is not for beginners. 

Open to Mountaineering Nordic Ski students if leader can be convinced of ability. A trip to Copper Creek Hut in the Mount Tahoma Ski Trail system first is recommended. If not participating in my Copper Creek Hut trip, then a recommendation from another trip leader would be very helpful.

Preference is given to Olympia Nordic Ski Course graduates for 7 days prior to the trip. 

Trip may be cancelled for icy conditions or rainy conditons. 


Snow Bowl Hut, High Hut & The Yurt

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Cross-country skis
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block protection
  • Plenty of water
  • Maxi Glide or similar liquid ski wax
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Typical winter clothing: hats, gloves, gaiters, warm layers
  • Extra ski basket (if you have one)
  • Ski repair kit (or at least a fair amount of duct tape). I have ripped binding from skiis on three different trips and skied out with duct tape. Technology has improved since then but stuff still breaks. 
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