Olympia Winter Travel Committee

Olympia Winter Travel Committee

The Winter Travel Course offered by the Olympia Mountaineers is designed to prepare the winter outdoor enthusiast for skiing and snowshoeing with a group or independently in the mountains of the Northwest.

Olympia Branch Winter Travel courses include Basic Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing.  Each course includes four lectures and a field day.  The courses occur annually in January.  They can be taken separately or together.  

Taking the class will give the participants information and hands on experience with traveling in a winter environment and the necessary precautions for a safe adventure. The topics include the essentials of clothing, boots, and types of equipment, preventing injuries, understanding winter weather, and what to bring in your pack. You get training in beginner snowshoe and Nordic ski techniques, proper route finding, avalanche avoidance, and basic snow science for understanding avalanches.

Course graduates will have the necessary information and experience to participate in trips of one or more days into the winter backcountry. They will have an understanding of the physical and mental demands of winter backcountry travel and be prepared for most emergencies.

If taking both courses, both field trips are required.  A $20.00 discount can be applied if you pay for both courses at the same time.  The one time discount code is is on the registration page.


Eligibility: open to anyone