Seattle Snowshoe Instructor Training - Seattle - 2018

Snowshoeing & Outdoor Leadership Course

Seattle Snowshoe Instructor Training - Seattle

This weekend of activities equips new volunteers with training to help teach winter travel and safety skills to our enthusiastic students and to navigate the snowshoe trip leadership process.

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.

We have designed this training to help give you the confidence to step forward and volunteer for the Seattle Branch Snowshoeing Program. 

Note for new volunteers: It is not necessary that you believe that you are a full-on expert in all of the skills we teach on the field trips. All new instructors will be paired with an experienced instructor who has taught at the field trip before.  You will not be on your own!

Schedule of activities

If you wish to stay overnight at Stevens Lodge for Friday and / or Saturday evening, the committee will reimburse you for the lodging costs. Register yourself for the lodge, and submit the receipt or confirmation email to the event leader. Please contact us if the upfront cost of this registration is a problem.

Friday, Dec 7 (optional):

Arrive at Stevens Lodge - bring your own dinner (lodge kitchen is available for use). 

Saturday, Dec 8:

Breakfast is included with the Friday night lodge stay. 

8:30-10:00 AM (inside Stevens Lodge): Cover the Basic Snowshoeing field trip curriculum and instructional scenarios.
10:30 AM-3:30 PM (trip to Grace Lakes): Review the route and practice skills to be taught at the Basic Snowshoeing field trip. Bring your own snacks and lunch.
4:30-5:30 PM (inside Stevens Lodge): Social hour.

For those who wish to continue with additional instructor and leader training, there will be an option to stay for Saturday night at Stevens Lodge (includes Saturday dinner).

7-8:30 PM (inside Stevens Lodge): 90-minute info session and hands-on group discussion on the prerequisites and process for Becoming a New Snowshoe Trip Leader for the Seattle Snowshoeing program, including leader scenarios.

Sunday, Dec 9

Breakfast is included with the Saturday night lodge stay.

8:30 AM-1:30 PM (trip to Skyline Ridge, dependent on conditions). Contact Alina B to register before the trip opens to everyone.


Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Saturday: All gear and supplies required for a typical Basic Snowshoeing trip, including lunch.

If staying overnight: Sleeping bag, toiletries, and personal overnight needs.

Sunday: All gear and supplies required for a typical Intermediate Snowshoeing trip, including lunch.  

Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.