Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Paradise

Advanced Backcountry Ski/Snowboard in the wilderness that involves snowshoeing or skiing uphill and then skiing or snowboarding down!

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  • Sat, Feb 21, 2015
  • Seattle Youth Outreach Committee
  • Backcountry Skiing, Snowshoeing, Adventure Club
  • Basic
  • Youth
  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Meet at The Mountaineers at 6:30 AM. We will leave no later than 7 AM.

We are expected to be back at the Mountaineers at 7 or 8 PM.

Backcountry skiing or snowboarding is a great way to enjoy the mountains in the wintertime! Snowshoe or skin up a mountain with us, then enjoy some incredible skiing or snowboarding downhill!

This is an advanced trip, and you should be comfortable skiing or snowboarding black diamonds. Before signing up, email Sarah at with the following information:

1. What resort do you normally go to?

2. What runs do you ski on a lot at that resort?

3. List what you do to maintain your current fitness level each week. Please be specific ("Run 3 times a week for 40 minutes" or "Hike about 3000 feet of elevation each week")

4. You will be required to attend a pre-trip meeting at 7 PM on a date during the week of February 16-20 where you bring what you plan on packing and plan the ski tour with Chuck. Let me know any days that week that WOULDN'T work for you.

Leader note:  Trip is tentatively scheduled to be at Paradise.  Location may change due to weather or snow conditions.  Possible other locations are Alpental or Crystal Mt area.



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

NEW ADDITION: Ice ax and helmet (climbing helmets are fine) - let Sarah M. know if you need to borrow them.

Please bring your pack for our Wednesday evening meeting before the trip (except ski gear if you're renting). All of this should be able to fit into a 32-liter pack. (Chuck will help you if it does not.)

Basic Day Tour Equipment

  • 10 Essentials


  • Synthetic long underwear shirt
  • Soft shell/Fleece layer or some other sort of mid-layer
  • Puffy coat           should fit over all layers, down or synthetic
  • Hard shell           with a hood
  • Ski Socks           could carry an extra pair if desired
  • Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants aka: rain pants
  • Warm Hat - should cover ears
  • Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Ski Gloves


  • Pack – 25 - 35 Liter size should be enough for a day trip
  • Sitting Pad - closed cell foam or self inflating, optional
  • Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended, with extra batteries
  • Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, bladder okay too
  • Food for the day: snacks, lunch, something to keep in the car for the return
  • Small Knife
  • Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
  • Lip Balm - SPF 15+
  • Lighter
  • Small Personal 1st aid kit – I’ll pack a larger group kit
  • Compass/map/GPS/pen/camera – I’ll hand out maps of where we go with the route


SKI GEAR - Can rent from ProSki

  • Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
  • Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
  • Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
  • Climbing Skins
  • If snowboarding, then bring a splitboard with skins and collapsible poles, or snowshoes (can borrow from Mountaineers), collapsible poles, and your snowboard


SAFETY GEAR - can rent from ProSki

  • Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only, 2 or 3 antennas required, extra batteries 
  • Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
  • Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice




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