Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Paradise

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.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • 1 (7 capacity)
  • FULL (2 capacity)
  • FULL (1 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy
  • If carpooling in the Mountaineers' Van, the carpool will depart the SPC at 6:00 am. Please meet here by 5:45 am to load up gear.
  • The group will meet at the Longmire parking lot at 8:45am.  
    • We will meet  immediately west of the tunnel entrance to bathrooms in upper Paradise parking lot. 
    • Travel to Paradise requires all vehicles carry chains.  In some conditions, vehicles without AWD must install chains.
    • For more information and alerts please see the NPS visitor guide

See TRIP SHEET for details. 

Emergency Action Plan

This is an advanced trip. Please read the requirements carefully before signing up!

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.

Please do your backcountry preparation prior to this trip, including monitoring avalanche conditions. It is essential that everyone takes on a teamwork mindset when traveling in the backcountry and prepares appropriately.


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.



  • 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

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.
  •  The Ten Essentials 
  • Lunches and snacks for a day
  • Water bottles (2 liters)
  • Day Pack 
  • Skis/splitboard, skins, boots, poles
  • Avalanche safety gear: metal-bladed shovel, probe, three antenna beacon
  • Lots of layers, gloves, hat
  • Helmet
  • Headlamp
  • Goggles/sunglasses
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