Winter Trails Month - 2018

Winter Trails Month - 2018

A collection of beginner cross-country ski and snowshoe activities offered throughout the month of January, in conjunction with the national Winter Trails organization!

Winter Trails Month is an organization-wide event aimed at getting new and seasoned members outside and enjoying new winter activities. In conjunction with the national Winter Trails organization, all activities listed to this page are geared towards beginners who are looking to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing for the first time - or who are relatively new to those sports. Winter Trails Month is a great opportunity for folks to escape the low-land rain, and to discover the fitness and social benefits that come along with these easy-to-learn winter sports!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member of The Mountaineers to participate in a winter trails activity?

No! Guests may participate in up to two events per calendar year before paying for membership. Guests will need to create a Guest Member profile to register for an activity. 

Is advanced registration required for winter trails activities?

Yes! Advanced registration is required for all activities with The Mountaineers.

I don't have my own gear, Will equipment Be provided for my winter trails activity?

Free or discounted gear rentals may be available for some activities - please check with the activity leader, if you have any questions about equipment availability! Participants are expected to provide their own weather-and-sport-appropriate outerwear and layers, which may include: 

  • Non-Cotton, Insulating Layers (Top & Bottom)
  • Wool (or Non-Cotton) Socks, Extra Socks
  • Waterproof Layer (Jacket & Pants)
  • Insulating, Waterproof Boots
  • Insulating, Waterproof Gloves
  • Warm Hat, Neck Gaitor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & Lip Balm
  • Day Backpack
  • Extra Snacks & Water

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Winter Trails Month - Trips, Classes, and Other Activities

Basic Snowshoeing Course - Seattle - 2018

Basic Snowshoeing Course - Seattle - 2018

Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - Fri, Mar 2, 2018
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist
Registration closed Dec 28
Seattle Branch
Basic Snowshoeing Course - Foothills - 2018

Basic Snowshoeing Course - Foothills - 2018

Wed, Jan 3, 2018 - Mon, Apr 30, 2018
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closed Jan 7
Foothills Branch
Nordic (Cross-country) Ski Course   - Everett - 2018

Nordic (Cross-country) Ski Course - Everett - 2018

Thu, Jan 4, 2018 - Sat, Mar 31, 2018
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closed Jan 7
Everett Branch

Methow Valley Winter Activities

Head over to the beautiful Methow Valley for a weekend of enjoyable outdoor activities in central Washington! The Methow Valley is home to some of the best skiing and snowshoeing in the country, and the local community is lively with activity all winter long.

Fri, Jan 5, 2018 3:00 PM to Sun, Jan 7, 2018 5:00 PM
Methow Valley
Winthrop, WA
Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Skiing Trip
Explore the interesting trails around Mazama within the Methow trail system. Slower paced, shorter distance
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jan 6, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closed Jan 3
Foothills Branch
Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L)

Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L) - Meany Lodge

Snowshoeing Clinic
3 - 4 miles with 500 ft elevation gain in last mile (approx 2 -
Sat, Jan 6, 2018
No Prerequisites
13 participants 4 leaders
Outdoor Centers Branch
Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Skiing Trip
Explore some of the wonderful trails in the Mazama area: approximately 12 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jan 6, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Seattle Branch
Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M)

Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M) - Meany Lodge

Cross-country Skiing Clinic
3 - 5 miles with 500 ft elevation gain in last mile (approx 2 -
Sat, Jan 6, 2018
No Prerequisites
12 participants
Canceled
Outdoor Centers Branch
Lanham Lake & Sam Hill Peak

Basic Snowshoe - Lanham Lake

Snowshoeing Trip
A slow paced snow shoe to the shores of Lanham lake for lunch and views
Difficulty: Easy+, Winter Scramble
Sat, Jan 6, 2018
Prerequisites
4 participants
Everett Branch
Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Skiing Trip
A half-day trip to explore the Sun Mountain trails. Slower paced, shorter distance option for
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Jan 7, 2018
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Foothills Branch
Intro to Skate Skiing Course - 2018

Intro to Skate Skiing Course - 2018

Sun, Jan 7, 2018 - Sun, Feb 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closed Jan 1
Seattle Branch
Intro to Cross-Country (Classic) Skiing - AM - 2018

Intro to Cross-Country (Classic) Skiing - AM - 2018

Sun, Jan 7, 2018 - Sun, Feb 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closed Jan 1
Seattle Branch
Intro to Cross-Country (Classic) Skiing - PM - 2018

Intro to Cross-Country (Classic) Skiing - PM - 2018

Sun, Jan 7, 2018 - Sun, Feb 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration closed Jan 1
Seattle Branch
Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Cross-country Skiing Trip
A half-day trip to explore some of the wonderful Sun Mountain Ski Trails
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Jan 7, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants
Seattle Branch
Basic Nordic Skiing - Olympia - 2018

Basic Nordic Skiing - Olympia - 2018

Mon, Jan 8, 2018 - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closed Jan 6
Olympia Branch
Basic Snowshoeing - Olympia - 2018

Basic Snowshoeing - Olympia - 2018

Mon, Jan 8, 2018 - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closed Jan 8
Olympia Branch
Avalanche Awareness Seminar

Avalanche Awareness Seminar - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Backcountry Skiing, Climbing, Snowshoeing & Avalanche Safety Seminar
Avalanche Awareness Seminar
Tue, Jan 9, 2018
No Prerequisites
57 participants 2 leaders
Tacoma Branch
Avalanche Awareness

Avalanche Awareness - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Snowshoeing & Avalanche Safety Seminar
Learn the basics of evaluating avalanche terrain and the framework for safe winter trip planning.
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
No Prerequisites
80 participants 2 leaders
Seattle Branch
Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L)

Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L) - Meany Lodge

Snowshoeing Clinic
Snowshoe from Crystal Springs Sno-Park to Meany Lodge for a hot lunch at the lodge
Sat, Jan 13, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants 3 leaders
Outdoor Centers Branch
Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M)

Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M) - Meany Lodge

Backcountry Skiing Clinic
3 - 5 miles with 500 ft elevation gain in last mile (approx 2 -
Sat, Jan 13, 2018
No Prerequisites
12 participants
Canceled
Outdoor Centers Branch
Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails

Cross-country Ski - Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails

Cross-country Skiing Trip
There are 14+ miles of ski trails groomed for skate and classic cross country that
Difficulty: N1 Nordic Basic Ski, Easy
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Everett Branch
Cross-country Ski - Stampede Pass

Cross-country Ski - Stampede Pass

Cross-country Skiing Trip
A demanding N3 ski trip in which we will explore the trail to Stampede Pass
Difficulty: N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Seattle Branch
Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L)

Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L) - Meany Lodge

Snowshoeing Clinic
Snowshoe from Crystal Springs Sno-Park to Meany Lodge for a hot lunch at the lodge
Sat, Jan 20, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants 2 leaders
Outdoor Centers Branch
Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M)

Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M) - Meany Lodge

Backcountry Skiing Clinic
3 - 5 miles with 500 ft elevation gain in last mile (approx 2 -
Sat, Jan 20, 2018
No Prerequisites
12 participants
Canceled
Outdoor Centers Branch
Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails

Cross-country Ski - Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails

Cross-country Skiing Trip
There are 14+ miles of ski trails groomed for skate and classic cross country that
Difficulty: N1 Nordic Basic Ski, Easy
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Everett Branch
Cross-country Ski - Erling Stordahl

Cross-country Ski - Erling Stordahl

Cross-country Skiing Trip
Explore the Erling Stordahl and Dog Sled Trails from Crystal Springs Snopark
Difficulty: N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Seattle Branch
Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L)

Snowshoe Trek and Lunch (L) - Meany Lodge

Snowshoeing Clinic
Snowshoe from Crystal Springs Sno-Park to Meany Lodge for a hot lunch at the lodge
Sat, Jan 27, 2018
No Prerequisites
16 participants 3 leaders
Outdoor Centers Branch
Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M)

Cross-country/Radonnee Ski Trek and Lunch (M) - Meany Lodge

Backcountry Skiing Clinic
3 - 5 miles with 500 ft elevation gain in last mile (approx 2 -
Sat, Jan 27, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Canceled
Outdoor Centers Branch
Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing Trip
Join in on the winter fun! Beginner family snowshoe with gear provided.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
No Prerequisites
12 participants
Seattle Branch
Cross-country Ski - Cabin Creek

Cross-country Ski - Cabin Creek

Cross-country Skiing Trip
Explore the groomed Cabin Creek trails including the Viking Course from the Cabin Creek Snopark,
Difficulty: N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski
Wed, Jan 31, 2018
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Seattle Branch