TAC MAC Ski/Splitboard Touring Skills

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma

TAC MAC Ski/Splitboard Touring Skills - Kendall: Knobs, Lakes & Loops

This is a trip for those who want to learn or practice backcountry ski skills. We will explore the Paradise area with an eye for identifying avalanche terrain, evaluating conditions, and choosing good runs as we go.

  • M1 Intremediate Ski, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft

6:30am carpool from Tacoma

This is a backcountry ski trip. Participants must already be proficient downhill skiers. This is not a trip to learn how to ski.

This trip is designed for those who already ski, who want to learn how to ski backcountry, or those who already ski backcountry.

We will practice skills for ski touring, including:

  • Efficient skinning movements
  • Track setting
  • Kick turns
  • Transitions
  • Avalanche safety
  • Group management and decision-making in a bc ski setting

Back up destination will be Paradise if conditions are not satisfactory at Snoqualmie Pass


Kendall: Knobs, Lakes & Loops

  • 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

Participants must source their own backcountry set up. The Mountaineers does not have any available for loan.

  • Skis with a touring binding (frame binding, tech binding, or shifts are all acceptable) or splitboard
  • Ski touring boots with a walk mode, or snowboard boots if splitboarding
  • Ski helmet
  • Goggles
  • Skins
  • Poles

Avalanche safety equipment (The Mountaineers may be able to source these for you)

  • Avalanche beacon
  • Probe
  • Snow shovel


  • Appropriate clothing for snow travel
  • 10 essentials
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