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 Crystal Mountain backcountry with certified ski guides.
The 1-day Ski Touring Course at Crystal Mountain will be held in the Norse peak area. You should plan to be out for about 6 to 7 hours.
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.
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.
The best way to become a backcountry skier is to take a backcountry skiing course. The ski touring course we offer in the Crystal Mountain backcountry, just under 2 hours from Seattle, will teach you how to plan and execute your own backcountry adventure. We would like to encourage you to combine the ski touring course with one of our AIARE Level 1 courses.
The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain. You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and make appropriate decisions about your travel in the backcountry based on an avalanche forecast. You will also be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, snow pack analysis, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, transceiver searches, and much more.