Foothills Snowshoeing Committee

Foothills Snowshoeing Committee

The Foothills snowshoeing committee leads snowshoe trips throughout the winter season along with the Basic Snowshoeing Course and a Winter Camping Course.

Basic Snowshoeing COURSE

This course is designed for those with no or little experience who want to learn basics of snowshoeing. Whether you are new to snow sports, want to have fun in the winter outdoors or yearn to take winter hikes, this is the course to get you started on your winter adventure. The course  will cover the basics:moving in balance, maneuvering on snowshoes, going up hill, side-hill and handling downhills. Snowshoe gear required (assistance provided with rental options).

The course is available to anyone over age 18 (or over age 14 if taking the course with a parent) who wants to learn snowshoe skills and how -- and where -- to safely enjoy snowshoeing in our Puget Sound Winter Wonderland.

The course consists of one evening lecture and a full-day weekend instructional field trip (Saturday or Sunday options will be available) . Graduation will permit individuals to participate in Mountaineers Basic Snowshoes. 

Winter Camping COURSE

This course, including a lecture and several choices of overnight field trips, will teach and help you practice the skills and methods for safe backcountry tent camping in winter snow conditions, and guide you in selecting appropriate gear. The course is appropriate for first-time winter campers, though snowshoeing and backpacking experience would be helpful.

Have lots of snowshoeing experience and want to join trips without a course? Contact   for equivalency  or if you have an interest in leading snowshoe trips.