Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Crystal Mountain Ski Area

Advanced backcountry skiing in the wilderness that involves using climbing skins to go uphill and then skiing down! This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for details.

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  • M2 Advanced Ski
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • FULL, 2 on waitlist (6 capacity)
  • 1 (3 capacity)
  • 3 (3 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

See trip sheet for details. 

This is a beginner friendly trip and is  open to MAC students with the requisite skiing experience who may not have taken the WFA, AIARE L1 or NIKO course and want to try backcountry skiing, on a case-by-case basis. If you are unable to register for this trip because of the prerequisites,  but would like to go as described above, reach out to Carl. 

Students will either need to have their own alpine touring kit or rent one. Rentals are typically available from Pro Ski & Mountain Sports or Evo. Staff will not be able to assist with rentals and acquiring the gear is the responsibility of participants. MAC has a single transceiver and probe, along with a few shovels, available on first come first served basis. 


At least 2 years of in-bounds skiing experience and ability to ski black diamond runs (not necessarily in good style) in any conditions. You must be able to get down the hill and "survival ski".  

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course completed / badge. 

Completion of an AIARE L1 course OR completion of the NIKO course / NIKO badge. The NIKO course is typically offered by NWAC and hosted by MAC/The Mountaineers each winter and has a limited number of spaces and is offered as an adjunct to MAC for an additional fee.


Crystal Mountain Ski Area

  • USGS White River Park

    Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

    USGS Norse Peak

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

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

Required Equipment

See Gabrielle Orsi's comprehensive ski tour packing list. Some of this gear (such as ski crampons) may not be necessary on all trips. Use common sense and if in doubt, ask the trip leader what is necessary.
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