Basic Snowshoeing  - Tacoma 2017/18

Snowshoeing Course

Basic Snowshoeing

Basic Snowshoeing - Tacoma Dec 2017 & Jan 2018

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

This course provides students with a solid foundation in snowshoeing.  Topics covered are snowshoe techniques and winter travel, winter clothing, gear selection, conditioning for snowshoeing and  avalanche safety.   

Graduates are eligible to participate in Easy and Easy + rated snowshoe trips.


  • Register for all three courses: Basic Snowshoe, Backcountry Snowshoe and Winter Camping and receive 15% off each course rate.  Use promo code CO18TACWINTER 
  • Register one adult and one youth in the course: receive 25% off the youth's rate.  Use promo code CO18SNOWFAM1
  • Register two adults and two youths in the course: receive 50% off the youth's rate.  Use promo code CO18SNOWFAM2

If you need help using these codes or registering more than one person, contact Member Services at (206) 531-6001 or

Sign-up procedure

Note: To graduate from this course you need to sign up for these three separate components, and complete one conservation activity:

  1. Register for this Basic Snowshoe Course and pay the course fee.
  2. Sign up for an available Lecture. 
  3. Sign up for an available Field Trip.
  4. Register for one of the Avalanche Awareness Seminars, if you do not already have an Avalanche Awareness Badge.
  5. Register for an available conservation activity.


Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Field trip
Sat, Jan 27, 2018
Registration closed Jan 25
13 participants
0 instructors
Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Lecture
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Jan 23, 2019 -
Thu, Jan 24, 2019
Registration closed Jan 10
30 participants
9 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

There is some equipment that will be required to complete the course, but we suggest that those new to snowshoeing refrain from purchasing new equipment until after the classroom session.  This will probably avoid a few of the mis-steps of over purchasing or purchasing inadequate gear.  A sizable portion of the classroom evening is devoted to what gear to get, how and why to choose it and where it may be purchased or rented. 


  • Snowshoes
  • Backpack
  • Ski / trekking poles with baskets
  • Clothing
    • Inner Layers - Wicking socks, Synthetic Warm base layer (Top and Bottom), glove liners / Hand warmers
    • Insulation Layers - Outer socks, pants, shirt and gloves
    • Outer Layers - Hat, weather resistant (Wind & Water) pants and jacket
  • Gaiters
  • Boots
  • Water Bottle
  • Ten Essentials


Do note that many people with some hiking experience will probably have a great deal of this gear. Our purpose is to show what you will  need, what are nice extras and what's available.


Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.