The Everett Mountaineers has an extensive ski program for both cross country, and back country skiers. "Nordic" skiing (also called Cross Country skiing) is usually on groomed trails or roads, both uphill and down, where your heel is free to lift. "Backcountry" skiing is more advanced, traveling in more remote areas away from lifts and groomed trails. Backcountry skiers use more advanced equipment where you can unlock your heels for uphill, and lock for down. We offer several winter courses and instructor seminars, as well as ski trips for a wide range of skiing abilities.
Nordic Ski (Facebook group)
Trip reports and much more are on our Everett Nordic Skiing blog page.
Our Nordic course is designed for beginning or experienced cross country skiers who want to brush up on skills, and for downhill skiers who want to try something new and get away from crowded lift lines. Non Mountaineer members are welcome.
Our lectures cover clothing and equipment, fun places to ski, the 10 essentials, Sno-Park passes, winter hazards, and avalanche awareness and avoidance. During our field trips we teach the diagonal stride, going up hills, stopping and downhill techniques. The field trips are in both groomed and un-groomed areas. For more information see our brochure.
Avalanche awareness and avoidance is introduced in the Nordic course, but advance training is offered through our Avalanche Course (see below).
Our goals are to focus on the fundamentals, ski safely and have fun! COME JOIN US ON THE SNOW. Sign up for the Nordic course at Mountaineers.org.
Backcountry Ski and Avalanche (Facefook group)
Our course offers a great introduction to safely traveling in the Cascades backcountry on snow. It is designed for alpine tourers, telemarkers, and snowboarders of intermediate level or better. A prerequisite for the course is having completed an AIARE or AAA Level 1 course within the last 3 years. You need to show your completion certificate at the first ski course lecture. We teach winter camping, emergency shelters, winter navigation and tour planning. You will become a competent backcountry winter traveler with the decision making knowledge to venture beyond the boundaries of the ski area and into the world of untracked lines.
The field trips are tours where we put it all together, including tour planning and route finding your way up and down hill. You will get the chance to practice these skills, while receiving coaching and feedback. The tour locations will depend on the avalanche hazard and group desires.
Graduates of our courses earn "badges" that permit them to sign up for trips offered by all branches of the club.
Sign up on Mountaineers.org
You are also encouraged to refresh their skills while learning the student progressions at the Instructor Clinics we offer, and to pursue trip leader qualification.
Examples of previous trips are given in the Trip Archive.
For more information on The Everett Mountaineers Skiing program, send e-mail to Mike Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org or Lee Wilcoxleebttrcup@yahoo.com.
The course is ideal for recreational backcountry users like skiers, snowboarders, climbers, scramblers and snowshoers. The overall goal is to improve safety and decision making in avalanche terrain. It is a basic hazard management course and uses rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge-based decision making tools. We will include:d
The course is stand alone, but provides a great link to an AIARE 2 avalanche course. It is a combination of home study, classroom work and field trip work.
Classroom lectures are held at Snohomish Co PUD in Everett. The field trip is in the Mt Baker backcountry with an optional overnight stay at the Mountaineers Lodge. The terrain is extremely well suited for an avalanche course.
Sign up at The Mountaineers. For more information on the course, contact Mike Palmer email@example.com or Lee Wilcox firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Everett Nordic skiing blog page shows some of the fun trips we do.
Join us on an Everett sponsored ski trip, by signing up at Mountaineers.org
Volunteering to help with courses, seminars, and ski trips is a great way to keep your skills set up, and give back to the mountaineering community.