Seattle Snowshoeing Committee

If you like to hike, you'll love snowshoeing! Join us at the Seattle Mountaineers to learn how or to join us on a trip.

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The Seattle Snowshoe Committee offers a one-stop shop for both learning and improving your snowshoeing skills as well as finding opportunities to explore all the great snowshoeing routes of the Pacific Northwest.

Learn

The Seattle Snowshoe Committee offers Basic Snowshoeing, Intermediate Snowshoeing, and Winter Camping courses each year focused on educating students to prepare, plan, and participate in snowshoe trips.

SEATTLE SNOWSHOEING COURSES

BASIC SNOWSHOEING

The Basic Snowshoeing Course offers an introduction to safe and enjoyable winter travel for the beginner. It is designed for people who want to get a taste of snowshoeing and pick up solid foundational skills.

INTERMEDIATE SNOWSHOEING

The Intermediate Snowshoeing Course is designed for adventurers who want to gain the skills and experience to handle more challenging snowshoe routes and terrain than those offered in Easy or Easy+ trips. Moderate and Strenuous trips are, in many cases, non-technical mountain-climbing routes with mountain peaks for destinations.

WINTER CAMPING

Learn to make a comfortable camp in the snow. The Winter Camping Course will cover both winter tent camping and non-emergency winter shelters (primarily snow caves, but touching on igloos and other options).

WINTER TRAVEL:

MODULE A - TRIP PLANNING

In this module, learn how to combine avalanche and weather forecast with maps to prepare for your trip in the backcountry. It caters to beginners and also to those who have AIARE-1 education.

MODULE B - TERRAIN CHOICES PLUS AVALANCHE RESCUE PRACTICE

This module is primarily field trips with an objective to learn how weather impacts the snow conditions, understanding micro terrain, identifying isolated features and observe to make terrain choices as a group. Avalanche rescue practice may vary depending on the outcome of an individuals from gaining knowledge via demo or practicing rescue scenarios.


Join A Trip

Looking for a group of like-minded Mountaineers venturing out into the snow? You can find them on mountaineers.org!

We offer trips at a variety of levels of difficulty, so whether you're looking for a comfortable stroll through a valley or a strenuous conditioning climb up to a mountain peak, the Seattle Mountaineers have something for you.

Snowshoe Trip Ratings

Click the button below to find snowshoe trips led by members of the Seattle branch:

Find a snowshoeing trip!


VOLUNTEER!

We are always in need of more volunteers for the snowshoeing programs. You can help us out by becoming a course instructor or a trip leader.

VOLUNTEER INFO SHEET - BASIC SNOWSHOEING COURSE

VOLUNTEER INFO SHEET - INTERMEDIATE SNOWSHOEING COURSE

INSTRUCTING

We welcome our snowshoe graduates back to become instructors on our course field trips! Each field trip listing will have an associated Instructors listing, where you can sign up to help. No need to feel like a complete expert in our curriculum and in teaching methods, since new instructors are paired up with one of our experienced instructors so that you can learn the ropes. Find more details about course instruction on our Instructing page.

TRIP LEADERSHIP

Experienced snowshoers can volunteer to lead trips out into the backcountry. Trip leaders are responsible for deciding destinations and routes and safely guiding the group. Find out more details on trip leadership and the requirements for becoming a leader on our Leadership page.


Share

Mountaineers members are invited to join our Facebook group where you can share pictures, trip reports, and snowshoe-related news with other like-minded Mountaineers.

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