Snowshoe Skills for Alpine Scramblers


Snowshoe Skills for Alpine Scramblers - Lanham Lake

This clinic is designed for alpine scrambling graduates who wish to gain the travel skills to effectively and efficiently travel in the backcountry on snowshoes.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Check in at parking lot of the Stevens Pass Nordic Center by 8:15 AM.

Participants of this clinic will be Alpine Scramble course graduates who seek to gain the experience and skills to confidently use snowshoes in the backcountry, such as on snowshoe trips or winter scrambles. The clinic will also cover the fundamentals of avalanche beacon use and search methods but does not replace in-depth beacon training provided through AIARE Avy Level 1 (or greater) courses.

Successful completion of this clinic earns the participant a Backcountry Snowshoe Skills course badge. Leader permission is required.


participants will earn:


Lanham Lake & Sam Hill Peak

  • USGS Stevens Pass

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

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

Required Equipment


  • Pack (large enough for all winter gear)
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • Sturdy, lug-soled, waterproofed boots
  • Ice axe (for general mountaineering; properly sized)
  • Helmet
  • Clothing Layers (no cotton)
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