The best way to become a backcountry skier is to take a backcountry skiing course. The ski touring course we offer just one hour away from Seattle in the Alpental backcountry is a stand alone course. We would like to enourage you to combine the ski touring course with one of our AIARE Level 1 courses.
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service
Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
I am an intermediate skier, but I would love to get into backcountry skiing. Can I take this course? You should be at least a very solid intermediate skier, or you will most likely not enjoy the course. Snow conditions may vary, ski touring boots are not as supportive as standard alpine gear and the course is physically demanding.
What is the general character of the course? The course is movement based. Ski touring prinicple are being explained on the go and practical application is instant.
What about the Avy Courses you offer...do you prefer one over the other? Well, ideally you take both of them. The designs of these two courses are very complementary and that is why we offer a 10% discount to anyone who decides to sign-up for both of them within the same season.
Should I tip my guides? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.