Winter Skills Courses
The Mountaineers: snowshoeing, navigation and avalanche safety
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: avalanche awareness
Ridge Explorations is offering free avalanche clinics throughout Washington during the 2011-2012 winter season.
Free avalanche clinics
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 7-8 p.m. Feathered Friends, Seattle
- Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 7-8 p.m. Marmot Mountain Works, Bellevue
Avalanche awareness classes
REI: snowshoeing, avalanche safety, winter camping
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: winter skills
This club offers winter skills courses.
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.
2013 dates TBD
Make reservations at 509-852-1062
2013 dates TBD
Make reservations at Skykomish Ranger District, 360-677-2414
Stevens Pass offers a shuttle from Mountain View Chevron in Sultan to the resort at the highway summit. Check www.stevenspass.com for fees and schedules.