Introduction to Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series - Olympia - 2020

Backcountry Skiing Course

Introduction to Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series

Introduction to Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series

***Leader permission required. Contact leader prior to signing up!  Priority given to Olympia Branch skiers***

The Introduction to Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series offers 3 different backcountry skiing opportunities at Mt. Rainier National Park and Crystal Mountain backcountry.  Each outing will gradually increase in difficulty and distance while still being within your ski abilities.

While some backcountry ski experience is required, there will be opportunities for you to find ski lines that are within your ability.  Our goal is for you to improve your backcountry ski abilities by:

Getting more ski turns in the backcountry!

Familiarizing yourself with your own ski equipment out in the field.

Learning and sharing with others to improve your skill set & review equipment.

Improving your physical stamina.

One evening class on January 22nd  includes introductions, book hand out, and reviewing each others ski gear.  Bring 1 ski and boot.  Details to follow.

**The course fee includes the book “Backcountry Skiing by Martin Volken”**

Please commit only if you can attend the dates listed.  In addition, dates and locations are subject to change based on weather and conditions.  Please be prepared to have flexibility with your schedule.

*Preference given to Olympia branch members. Registration opens to all branches January 15, 2020.*

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Trip 1
Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Feb 8, 2020
Registration closes Feb 7
0 participants
0 instructors
Trip 2
Crystal Mountain Ski Area
Sat, Mar 21, 2020
Registration closes Mar 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Trip 3
Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)
Sat, Apr 4, 2020
Registration closes Apr 3
0 participants
0 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

Backcountry skis and bindings or split snowboard that allow the heel to be unlocked for uphill climbing with skins. No cross-country skis. Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.

Course Materials

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