Introduction to Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series - Olympia - 2021

Backcountry Skiing Course

Introduction to Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series

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.

***Leader permission required. Contact leader prior to signing up!  Priority given to Olympia Branch skiers until January 10th***

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.  To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you are comfortable skiing "blue/intermediate" level runs at a ski resort before signing up.  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.

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.

Note, badge is earned upon completion of all field trips and attaining AIARE 1 course certification.

*Preference given to Olympia branch members. Registration opens to all branches January 10, 2021.*

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

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.

Note, Backcountry Skiing Skills book provided with enrollment in course.

Course Materials

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