Seattle MAC - Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Intro to Backcountry Skiing - Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

An intro to backcountry skiing day for students who have prior experience downhill/resort skiing and want to try touring. We will not venture into avalanche terrain. This trip has prerequisites, please see leader's notes for details.

  • Casual
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

9 AM at the Upper Hyak Parking Lot (Snoqualmie East) 47.3906098,-121.3992867

A great opportunity to practice alpine touring (AT) gear on inbounds terrain before going on one of MAC's backcountry ski trips.   If we have enough time and chaperones (car space), then we will finish the trip at the avalanche transceiver training area for some practice with probes and transceivers as a follow-up to the NIKO course.

See trip sheet for details.

Prerequisites: 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.

Students will either need to have their own AT kit or rent one. You can rent touring skis/bindings and boots from:

- ProSki in North Bend or Seattle

- Evo in Seattle. 


Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • layers
    • go light, you're working a lot harder skiing uphill than riding a chairlift
    • wicking base layer, non-cotton
    • lightweight mid-layers
    • softshell or hardshell ski pants
    • softshell or hardshell jacket
    • insulating layer (synthetic down is best)
    • liner gloves
    • shell gloves
    • beanie, balaclava, buff, etc.
  • skis
    • skis mounted with touring bindings (alpine touring binds are different than downhill ski bindings)
    • touring boots
    • poles
    • helmet
    • goggles
  • mid-size day pack (30-40l)
    • headlamp
    • water, snacks
    • 10 essentials
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