Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Van Trump Park

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Van Trump Park

Hike in on trail past Comet Falls carrying skis, then put on ski boots and climb uphill using skins, ice axes, and boot crampons. Ski the gorgeous Van Trump Park area! This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for details.

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  • Thu, Jun 30, 2022 — Fri, Jul 1, 2022
  • Seattle Youth Outreach Committee
  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Moderate, M1-M2 Intermediate-Advanced Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 9,000 ft
  • Pace: 600-800 ft/hour

Please see the trip sheet once it has been posted here for further details.

This will be a full and strenuous day but a good chance to practice your skills with ice axes and crampons, and ski in July. This trip will have an early start, around 6:00am from the Comet Falls trailhead which has very limited parking.

We will be car camping at Cougar Rock Campground on June 30, and have reserved 2 campsites which can accommodate 3-4 vehicles.  There are also first-come, first-served campsites there as well as other campgrounds near Ashford, WA.  Please plan on camping with us - but if you plan on staying elsewhere please be sure to coordinate with trip leaders.

See trip sheet for details when it has been posted here.

This is an advanced trip that you should only do after having done the on-snow weekends with MAC. Ice axes and crampons that fit your ski boots are required. If you have ski crampons they could be very useful too. 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 Cripple Creek, 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.

Van Trump Park

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See Gabrielle Orsi's comprehensive ski tour packing list. Some of this gear  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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