Snowshoe Trip Ratings

The difficulty ratings, and descriptions

Trip Difficulty Ratings

Snowshoe trips are rated as Easy, Easy+, Moderate, or Strenuous. These ratings are based on the terrain, mileage and elevation gain of a trip. Please note however, that the difficulty level of a trip can be as much a factor of the snow conditions and weather as the amount of gain or distance.

Easy

0 - 500 ft. elevation gain, maximum 6 miles round-trip. Open to all properly equipped members of the Mountaineers.

Easy+

500 - 2,000 ft elevation gain, maximum 10 miles round trip. No ice axe required due to the terrain and minimal avalanche danger. Must be a graduate of the Basic Snowshoe, Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing courses.

Moderate

500 - 2,000 ft. elevation gain, maximum 10 miles round-trip. Ice axe required. Must be an Intermediate Snowshoe (formally called Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills) student or graduate, or Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing course graduate. Snowshoe students must have completed the field trip prior to sign-up.

Strenuous

2,000+ ft. elevation gain, no maximum distance. Ice axe required. Crampons and other equipment may be required. Must be an Intermediate Snowshoe (formally called Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills) student or graduate, or Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing course graduate. Snowshoe students must have completed the field trip prior to sign-up.

 Theses can be related to the Route Listed definitions- 

SNOWSHOEING

BEGINNER SNOWSHOE

Easy - up to 500 ft elevation gain, up to 6 mi round trip. Open to all who are properly equipped.

BASIC SNOWSHOE

Easy+ - 500-2,000 ft elevation gain, 6-10 mi round trip. NO ice axe required. Minimal avalanche danger.

 

INTERMEDIATE SNOWSHOE

Moderate - 500-2,000 ft elevation gain, 6-10 mi round trip. Ice axe required. Steeper terrain. Must be enrolled in or a graduate of Intermediate Snowshoe (formally known as Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills), Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing.
Strenuous - 2,000+ ft elevation gain, more than 10 mi round trip. Ice axe required. Crampons may be required. Must be enrolled in or a graduate of Intermediate Snowshoe (formally called Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills), Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing.