Skiing Skills Improvement - 2021

Backcountry Skiing & Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding Course

Skiing Skills Improvement

Multiweek ski improvement series at The Summit at Snoqualmie.

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 course.

**This class is offered by The Summit at Snoqualmie SnowSports School and taught by PSIA certified instructors from The Summit at Snoqualmie SnowSports School. Special group pricing is available for members of The Mountaineers. Please read the description below for important information about the fees and dates associated with these lessons.**

Multiweek Ski Lessons

Join us - one of the the oldest and largest back-country focused ski instruction programs in the United States - for a multiweek lesson series. The focus is ski skills improvements, with a focus on skills that you can take into the backcountry. Free-heel or fixed heel - all are welcome! Enjoy a mid-week break. Learn new techniques. Enhance old ones.

Wednesday nights are uncrowded, and with Summit West closed Monday-Wednesday until 4:30pm, we often get fresh tracks on Wednesday evenings. We organize  classes  by ability level and discipline.  There are separate groups and levels for A/T and for Telemark. Your instructors  have years of backcountry experience, as well as current teaching skills for downhill instruction.  

All skill levels from “advanced beginner” to “advanced” are welcome for both A/T and Tele.

Dates & Details

Location: Summit West — Exit 52 off of I-90. 

Days/Dates: Wednesdays:  Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17.  If for any reason the pass is closed on a Wednesday, we'll schedule makeups after Feb 17.

Times: Lessons run from 7:30-9:30 PM

Lesson Cost: $210. This does not include the price of lift tickets or a Season Pass.

UPDATE:  01/05/2021:   Happy New Year!  The Summit is now accepting registrations.  There is a separate link for buying discounted passes.  The class start has been postponed for one (1) week.   Classes will begin on 1/13/2021.

You must register with and make payment to:

The group name is  " MTNEERS".  Please contact Greg Woodman for the password  - - to access the discounted price.

Season Passes  will be offered at a discount to students when you register with the Summit.   A lift ticket or season pass is required for each lesson.  

The link for passes/lift tickets is:  Shopland Affiliate Login (

If you need only night passes,  see .   

If you are a Military, Protector/Defender (active duty, police, fire, etc.) there are discounted nightly passes available.  Military/Protector/Defender

REMINDER: We will accept sign-ups until just a few days before lessons start. The $210 fee is still significantly less than the general public price.

Note:  Please register here as well as with Summit.   We use the roster for any Mountaineers group communications. 

All lessons will be compliant with the current COVID guidance for outdoor programs and ski area operations. The ratio of students to instructors will follow the most restrictive guidelines, be that state, county, or program based.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Alpine Touring skis, boots, bindings, and ski poles.


Telemark skis, boots, bindings, and ski poles. You must have ski brakes or runaway prevention leashes. Plastic boots and metal-edge single camber skis are recommended.


Alpine skis, boots, bindings, and ski poles are acceptable.

The series uses ski-lifts in a controlled and patrolled ski area (Summit West).  No climbing skins or avalanche equipment are required.

Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.