Backcountry Ski Day Trips - Crystal Mountain

Offered weekly January through April! The Crystal Mountain backcountry holds a collection of backcountry skiing gems that should not be missed. There are couloirs to ski, peaks and slopes with views hard to find, and hidden powder lines to discover. Come and discover it with us. Offered weekly January through April.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Skills Required: Advanced skiing skills in the ski area, prior ski touring experience required

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous

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

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Offered weekly January through April! The Crystal Mountain backcountry holds a collection of day touring gems that should not be missed. There are couloirs to ski, peaks and slopes with views hard to find anywhere else, and hidden powder lines to discover. Come with us and discover the surprising area around Washington's best ski area. We will meet at the Crystal Mountain base area and go ski touring from there. Most of the time this will be "all turns earned", meaning we will not be using the lifts. We do also have the option of getting a single lift ride up to the top of the area (a singe lift ride ticket is not included in the price) and then start touring from there. Either way, this days will add up to a nice day in the backcountry of Crystal Mountain. A day in the Crystal Mountain backcountry can also be a great way to learn a little more about ski touring techniques and the gear you may or may not want to purchase. Our store Pro Ski and Mountain Service can rent all the needed gear to you at a reduced rate (20 % discount). Please be sure to call the store directly at 425 888 6397 ext.1 to make a rental gear reservation.  Please be aware that a full backcountry skiing kit is needed for this day. Refer to the equipment list tab for detailed information regarding the needed equipment. We will decide where to go for the day depending on the group's skill level and the snow and avalanche conditions. Advanced and intermediate groupings are possible. Please be aware that we can offer these kind of trips any day of the week on a private basis.
Suggestions for Intermediate day trips:
•            Pickhandle Basin
•            Bullion basin
•            Norse Peak
•            Goat Lake area
.            East Peak
Suggestions for side country and steep skiing days:
These suggestions all demand a lift ticket which is not included in the price. 
•            Introduction to side country terrain around the Thorne, Silver King and Three Way Peak
•            Steep Skiing rotations on the Silver King

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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.

•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners
o            Ski Socks
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
•            OUTERWEAR
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.