Monthly
Dates
Mount Rainier National Park, WA; Snoqualmie Pass, WA; Crystal Mountain Backcountry, WA; and Mount Baker, WA
Location
8 Hours
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Beginner
Skill Level

This course is designed for experienced in-bound skiers and snowboarders who are looking to develop the skills necessary to travel safely in the backcountry. The course will teach the fundamentals of winter backcountry travel as well as the tools and skills used in backcountry skiing and splitboarding. Build confidence traveling with skis and splitboards, and have fun in a beautiful mountain setting!

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES Intermediate to advanced in-bound skiers/snowboarders
Ability to ski/ride black diamond runs in a variety of snow conditions
A snowboard that has the ability to move into “tour” mode
Physical ability to hike for 4-5 hours with a 30lb pack
Avalanche: Intermediate or Avalanche: Advanced recommended
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN How to select, use & care for the necessary equipment for a day of backcountry skiing or splitboarding
Create a suitable tour plan using avalanche warning forecasts
Use topographic maps for winter navigation
Decision making & hazard identification in avalanche terrain
Practice uphill and downhill travel techniques
INCLUDED 8 hours of professional instruction
NOT INCLUDED Transportation
Lunch
Ski or snowboard equipment
Personal layers
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel
EQUIPMENT Skis, boots, and bindings (Metal edge skis, plastic boots, and Randonee/alpine touring/downhill Telemark bindings) Cross-country skis will not work for backcountry tours.
Splitboard with adjustable bindings that move into “tour” mode efficiently (Soft boots are ok, and hard boots are preferred)
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel.
Personal layers
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals, including skis. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT? The perfect complement to our Skiing/Splitboarding: Beginner course is our Avalanche: Advanced course.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

As a single day, participants will meet at a designated park and ride convenient for all participants. Meeting times, vary but most likely at 6:30am. Please consider driving as a caravan and all driving will take place on plowed roads to summit passes. Chains for your vehicle will be required.

Backcountry locations vary in Washington. Plan on driving up to 2.5 hours or less to the location. Once at the location, all participants will begin their ski/splitboard tour.

As a beginner course, plan to ascend and descend up to 1,000 ft or more throughout the day. There will be longer stops for education in a cold environment. Plan on standing in the snow for up to 30 minutes at a time with long periods of physical movement.

Plan on being home by 9pm.

The course may take place at any of these locations:

  • Mount Baker, WA
  • Mount Rainier National Park, WA
  • Crystal Mountain Backcountry, WA
  • Snoqualmie Pass, WA

It’s time for rock climbing and mountaineering! Head into the hills and enjoy the great weather. We will post dates when the 2017/18 winter begins.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time
works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.