Intermediate Snowshoeing Field Trip - Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak

Field trip: Intermediate Snowshoeing Course

Intermediate Snowshoeing Field Trip - Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak

The field trip is your opportunity to practice the techniques presented in the lectures and reading material under the guidance of experienced instructors. Each field trip covers material in a limited amount of time.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

Check in at the northern parking lot of the Stevens Pass Ski Area by 8:00am.

Your performance on the field trip will be evaluated and discussed with you by your instructors. In order to get the most benefit out of the field trip, you should do the following:

  • Prepare for the field trip. Review lecture material, reading material and handouts.
  • Practice the techniques beforehand.
  • Be prepared for a full, long day at the field trip. Don’t bring family, friends or pets.
  • Arrive early enough to park and make whatever preparations are necessary so you can be ready to begin at the starting time.

Please remember that your instructors and leaders are all volunteers.  They all have something to teach you and deserve your attention and courtesy.  Everyone is there to help you and to answer your questions – the only foolish question is the one not asked.

Carpooling for the field trip is strongly recommended, due to parking limitations. Read and understand how carpooling at the Mountaineers works. Please specify your carpool preferences for the field trip when signing up (or edit them later). Then click the link in your Profile to view other students' carpool preferences so that you can organize your own carpooling arrangements.

Note:  It is Mountaineers policy that alcohol and controlled substances may not be used before or during club tours and field trips. 

Route/Place

Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak



  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • See full route/place details.
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

  • Pack (large enough for all winter gear)
  • Snowshoes
  • Sturdy, lug-soled, waterproofed boots
  • Ice axe (for general mountaineering; properly sized)
  • Helmet (for field trip only – to practice ice axe arrest; not typically used on regular trips)
  • Clothing Layers (no cotton)

 Inner Layer:

  • Wicking Liner socks, 2 pairs (one pair worn, other pair carried)
  • Synthetic Warm Underwear, top & bottom, 2 sets (one set worn, other set carried)
  • Liner gloves, (+ extra set in pack)

Insulating Layer:

  • Outer socks, 2 pairs (one pair worn, other pair carried)
  • Pants, synthetic fleece or wool. Soft-shell or sturdy hiking pants suffice for many.
  • Shirt or sweater, synthetic fleece or wool
  • Mittens or gloves, 2 pairs (one pair worn, other pair carried)

Protective Layer:

  • Rain parka with hood – waterproof & breathable preferred to avoid trapped moisture.
  • Rain pants – waterproof & breathable preferred to avoid trapped moisture.
  • Long gaiters. Be sure they fit your boots correctly so that snow doesn’t crawl underneath. GoreTex or insulated gaiters are not necessary.
  • Hats (one for warmth; one for sun protection)
  • Wind jacket (which may be your rain parka). A fleece or wind stopper vest is also handy if it is warm.
  • Scarf or neck gaiter if you tend to get cold easily.

 Additional Recommended Equipment/Supplies for the Field Trip:

  • Ski Poles/Trekking poles with baskets (highly recommended)
  • Foam sit pad
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • Toilet paper, sealable plastic bags, and hand sanitizer
  • Pack cover
  • Dry clothes and shoes in your car for the trip home
  • Garbage bags in your car for wet gear
  • Camera and extra batteries, if desired
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