Winter Skills Courses
The Mountaineers offer a wide variety of winter skills courses. Check out their offerings:
- Snowshoeing courses for all different levels of experience
- Basic navigation courses and GPS workshops
- Avalanche safety courses
Ridge Explorations is offering free avalanche clinics throughout Washington during the 2012-2013 Winter season..
Free Avalanche Clinics:
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7pm: Marmot Mountain Works, Bellevue
The American Institute for Avalanche Rescue and Research
AIARE lists numerous multi-day clinics throughout late fall and winter designed to begin or further your avalanche education.
Guided Snowshoe Walks
Try snowshoeing and experience spectacular scenery while learning about winter ecology beginning the first week of January through March. Snowshoers need to wear layered and insulated clothing, hats, gloves and study, waterproof boots for the snowshoes. The Forest Service provides snowshoes. To offset the costs of the program, a donation of $10 per person is suggested for all tours except the extended hike, where $20 is requested.
Dates for Guided Snowshoe Walks at Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes have not yet been issued for 2012. Check back soon for details.
REI stores throughout Washington and Oregon also offer introductory snowshoeing, avalanche and winter camping clinics. Click on the store nearest you to see a schedule of upcoming events.
Washington Alpine Club
This club offers a bunch of great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing courses. Website.