Becoming a Snowshoe Trip Leader

Learn about becoming a snowshoe trip leader and find leadership resources

The look on people's faces when you get them outside and show them places they've never seen is often cited as one of the best rewards for our volunteers. If you are interested in contributing to the mission of The Mountaineers by organizing and leading snowshoe trips, we invite you to submit your leadership application today!


Before you can sign up to lead a Mountaineers snowshoe tour, you must be on the leadership roster. Leadership qualities, group and individual safety, experience, and level-headed decision-making are four major components to successful leadership. Therefore, we have minimum requirements for those interested in becoming a volunteer trip leader (see below). 

trip rating Easy & Easy+   moderate & Strenuous
Current MOFA/WFA equivalent certification
Snowshoe Instructor experience




Backcountry or Scramble Snow

At least one year’s experience as a trip leader in other Mountaineers activity (min. 3 trips)


Led mentored snowshoe trips (min. 2 trips) 


At least two years’ experience as a Snowshoe trip participant, including Intermediate level trips*

min. 6 trips



min. 8 trips including min. 3 Intermediate trips

Current Wilderness Navigation certification
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche certification
Winter Camping grad or equivalent
Assistant Leader experience

 • = recommended, ★ = required

*A Winter Scramble is equivalent to an Intermediate trip on the experience chart.

For the level you would like to lead, if your experience appears close to (or exceeds) these guidelines, please email the Chair for an application and/or discussion.

Note: Depending on the season and volunteer availability, the review process may take weeks to complete. All applications are subject to Snowshoe Committee approval. The Committee reserves the right to hold or reject any application for any reason.