In a year when the economy has some folks looking to do some solid skiing closer to home, we are noticing an increase in interest in these trips which each run for $625 based on a group of 4 skiers and 1 AMGA certified or IFMGA guide. Each trip is also available as a custom trip on the dates of your choice.
The Forbidden Ski Tour: This tour takes place in North Cascades National Park and starts at the Eldorado parking lot on Cascade River road, up from the town of Marblemount, WA. Most years we begin by skiing up the road for a ways before climbing up into Boston Basin. From here the tour climbs over Sharkfin Col, the summer access point to routes such as the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak. A traverse of the Boston Glacier, and another climb over the base of the North Ridge and we are into the heart of the tour, the Forbidden Glacier. Perhaps the best skiing on the trip is often found in the long descent to Moraine Lake, which sits at the base of the massive Inspiration Glacier. A longer itinerary allows time for us to fully explore an area that is very difficult to reach once with winter snow have melted.
The Spearhead Ski Traverse: For this trip we travel north to the ski town of Whistler, BC. The tour itself makes a complete arc shape traverse from Blackcomb to Whistler via the impressive Fitsimmons and Spearhead Ranges. Early reports for the winter 2009-10 indicate lower than usual snow coverage on the glaciers, which is part of the reason we are planning to run the trip early this year. Two nights will be spent in tents, and the last night will be in the simple, yet protective Russett Lake Hut.
The Chiwaukum Range Ski Traverse: A proud new offering for the Northwest Mountain School, the Chiwaukum Range Ski Traverse follows the North-South running range that is immediately East of Stevens Pass. On this trip we will start on highway 2 and ski South for 4 days before descending into the Icicle Creek drainage and exiting to Bridge Creek. This trip will be spent entirely in tents and will take participants to some ski descents that are rarely visited. One highlight is the impressive couloir on Big Chiwaukum, one of the prize ski lines in the the Stevens Pass area.
For full details contact the Northwest Mountain School at 509-548-5823 or follow the links in this e-mail.