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Backcountry Skiing & Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding Course

Skiing Skills Improvement

Multi-week ski/board improvement series at The Summit at Snoqualmie. Uphill and downhill sessions!

**This class is offered by The Summit at Snoqualmie SnowSports School and taught by  instructors from The Summit at Snoqualmie SnowSports School.  Discounted 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.**

Multi-week SKI/SNOWBOARD Lessons

Join us!  We are one of the the oldest and largest back-country focused ski instruction program in the Northwest if not the United States.  We offer a multi-week series with the focus on ski/riding  skills improvements.  We teach skills that work in the back-country. Free-heel or fixed heel, or wide board - all are welcome! Enjoy a mid-week break. Learn new techniques. Enhance old ones.

Wednesday nights are often uncrowded.  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 and Snowboarders. For 2022 we welcome snowboarders seeking to improve their skills.  Your instructors  have years of back-country experience, as well as current teaching skills for downhill instruction.  

We also offer an UpHill Session for folks wanting to learn/practice skinning up skills.  

All skill levels are welcome for both A/T and Tele.  For all participants,  we assume you know how to ride a chairlift safely.  (If you are truly a Never-Ever, please contact me before signing up!). 

For the Uphill portion, we assume you can ski/ride well enough to get back down beginner slopes safely.

Dates & Details

  • Location: Summit West — Exit 52 off of I-90.
  • Days/Dates: Wednesdays:  Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16.  If for some reason the Summit is closed on one or our Wednesdays, we'll do a make-up lesson on 2/23.
  • Times:
    • Uphill Sessions 6pm-7pm (for 6 weeks)
    • Downhill Session from 7:30pm-9:30pm (2 hours/session for 6 weeks)
  • Lesson Cost: 
    • $119 for uphill sessions (6)
    • $230 for downhill sessions (6).  Prices exclusive of lift tickets or a Season Pass.

You must register with and make payment at Summit Lessons Login.

The group name is  " MTNEERS".  Please contact Greg Woodman for the password  - - to access the discounted price.  Season Passes will be offered and should  be purchased  when you sign up for lessons. You must have a Season Pass or a lift ticket for each night.

Note: Once you've signed up and paid at The Summit, please register here (in addition) so we have an accurate roster for any Mountaineers group communications. Thank you.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Suggested equipment for various disciplines. 

Note: you can rent alpine and snowboard gear at the Summit.  Visit Summit Rentals for more info.   Alpine Touring (A/T) and telemark gear is not available on the mountain.

  • Alpine Touring skis, boots, bindings, and ski poles.
  • Alpine skis, boots, bindings, and ski poles are acceptable for the A/T series.
  • Telemark skis, boots, bindings, and ski poles. You must have ski brakes or runaway prevention leashes. 75MM or NTN telemark bindings with plastic boots are preferred.
  • Snowboard/bindings suitable for downhill riding

These are lift-assisted ski/board lessons  in a controlled and patrolled ski area (Summit West).  No climbing skins or avalanche equipment are required for the Downhill sessions.  Skins are required for the Uphill sessions.

Course Materials

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