Popular Trips

Washington Single Day Tours

  • Slot Couloir – A great introduction to ski mountaineering. This tour can be completed in a single day, with the possibility of other near by couloir objectives should time warrant.
  • Chair Peak Circumnavigation – A great way to explore the picturesque backcountry of the Snoqualmie Pass area. The varying terrain area provides ample opportunity for a wide range of skill level from steep lines to gentle cruisers.
  • Rock Howard Mastiff Traverse – This demanding yet scenic tour is a great option for an adventurous outing beyond the typical terrain surrounding Stevens Pass. This 12 mile tour with 8,000 ft of gain sees a variety of terrain from alpine bowls, chutes, and tree skiing.
  • Table Mountain Tour – Close to the Mount Baker ski area which holds the highest recorded snowfall in the US, Table mountain offers skiing on all aspects with ample options for a variety of skiing. At it’s shortest this can be a 3.7 mile tour, but easily extended to hit multiple laps for a full day of fresh tracks.
  • Birthday Tour – A popular tour for the spring when Highway 20 opens- The Birthday Tour is a classic skin in the Washington Pass zone. With a short approach and scenic views, this is a great introduction to the zone and backcountry skiing.
  • Heather Meadow Zone – Located adjacent to Mt Baker Ski Area which holds the world record for snowfall- this backcountry touring playground is a skiers and riders delight. A short approach from the parking access open powder bowls, gladed trees, and couloirs. There is ample terrain for intermediate skiers/riders and in addition access to very advanced terrain such as the famous Stoneman Couloir.
  • Paradise Zone – Enjoy a day backcountry touring at the base of Rainier! With plentiful options of long tours to Camp Muir or finding steeps in the Mazama Ridge area, Paradise has ski options for everyone.

Washington Multiday Ski Mountaineering Trips

  • Eldorado Ski Descent3-4 day tour One of the 50 classic ski lines of North America, Eldorado is a rigorous approach with close to 8,000 ft of gain to access this 8,868 ft glaciated climb. The Eldorado Glacier offers breathtaking views of the North Cascades, an iconic summit ridge, and moderate ski descent after a well earned climb.
  • Snoqualmie Haute Route5 day tour Named in inspiration of the Swiss Alps, this route starts at Snoqualmie pass but quickly travels into remarkably remote backcountry terrain. This is an opportunity to enjoy the glamour of the Snoqualmie backcountry in a new light. Enjoy 5 days of generally untouched terrain and beautiful remote summit attempt options.
  • Shuksan White Salmon Glacier2 day tour The mountain of variety. Mount Shuksan is a world class mountain for climbing and skiing alike. With a wide range of ski mountaineering climbs, Shuksan not only has a fantastic setting but also appropriate challenges for all skill sets.
  • Baker Ski Descent3 day tour One of our popular guided ski tours, tailor this summit ski classic to your own side objectives and timeline!
  • Mount Adams Ski Descent2 day tour The opportunity to ski off the summit of the 2nd tallest volcano in Washington state, this is our second classic ski tour, adjustable to your speed and style!
  • Isolation Traverse4 day tour This traverse near Eldorado summits remote peaks, and crosses glacier fields with an untouched and off the beaten path feel.
  • Forbidden Tour4 day tour Get a taste of advanced ski mountaineering with this tour in the North Cascades. Everything from large glaciers, sizeable vertical gain and descent, and demanding skiing makes for a good skill testpiece when stepping into bigger more committing tours.

I have fabulous memories of this trip and expedition. It was even better than I thought it would be. The combination of the climb and the safari was superb! This was a wonderful, wonderful trip! The people were great and we formed a good team. Thanks for all of your assistance in making this trip such a success!

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