1-Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

This course is a safe and fun introduction to the sport of backcountry skiing. You will learn about backcountry ski gear and the basics of ski touring while actually touring around the Snoqualmie Pass backcountry with certified ski guides.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Skills Required: Advanced skiing skills in the ski area

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 4:1,8:2

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The 1-day Ski Touring Course at Snoqualmie Pass will be held in the backcountry near the ski area. You should plan to be out for about 6 to 7 hours.


  • Putting on and using skins

  • Efficient gear management

  • Avalanche beacon safety check

  • Basic movement skills on skis in uphill mode

  • Uphill kick turns

  • Efficient and safe movement in a backcountry downhill setting

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.

o 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o 1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o Sock Liners
o Ski Socks
o Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
o Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o Schoeller™  Type Pants
o Warm Hat - should cover ears
o Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o Lightweight Gloves
o Ski Gloves
o Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters
o Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system
o Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day outing
o Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o Goggles
o Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
o Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
o Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
o Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
o Climbing Skins
o Ski Crampons -
o Ski Brakes
o Transceiver
o Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o Down or Synthetic Jacket
o Thermos - vacuum type
o Compass - adjustable declination a must
o Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
o Technical Group Gear, VHF radio
o Group 1st Aid Kit

Should I tip my guide? 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.