Basic Snowshoe Field Trip

Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing

Basic Snowshoe Field Trip - White Pass Nordic Center

Students will learn, practice and demonstrate basic snowshoe techniques.

  • Sat, Jan 27, 2024
  • Olympia Snowshoe Committee
  • Avalanche Safety
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph moving.

Saturday, January 27th, 9:00 a.m.

White Pass Nordic Center, 48935 US-12, north side, Naches, WA. 

Purchase your trail pass (regular rate $32; we may qualify for group rate), and rent snowshoes and poles if needed, at the gear rental shop, which  opens at 8:30 a.m.  Meet at picnic tables in front of gear rental shop and yurt café with your boots, poles and snowshoes ready to go at 9:00 a.m.  

Full day field trip at White Pass Nordic Center.  Class will be divided into small groups, divided according to pace and distance, each with one or more instructor-leaders.  Students will learn, practice and demonstrate basic snowshoe techniques.   Avalanche test pit and avalanche transceiver demonstration, time and conditions permitting.


White Pass Nordic Center

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

For the field trip, you must bring the Ten Essentials and clothing, equipment, lunch, snacks and a  day pack large enough for all winter gear.

TEN ESSENTIALS: Map (will be provided by leader), compass, sunglasses and sunscreen, extra clothing, emergency shelter, headlamp/flashlight, first-aid supplies, fire starter, matches, knife, extra food & water. Sun protection is a must. Snow reflection is highly damaging to eyes; UV damage and sunburns are common if proper protection is not used.

Snowshoes: metal frame or molded plastic.  Ski Poles/Trekking poles with snow baskets. Both available at White Pass gear rental shop, or at REI  stores. 

Clothing and other gear will be covered in classroom sessions.  A list will be provided,

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