TGIF Backcountry Ski Trips - Snoqualmie Pass

Offered weekly January through April! The mountains in the greater Seattle backyard hold 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 with us and discover the surprising area north of Snoqualmie Pass. Offered weekly January through April. Alternating Fridays & Saturdays throughout the winter. 

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


  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 4:1,8:2

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Offered weekly January through April! The mountains in Seattle's ski touring backyard hold a collection of day touring 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 with us and discover the surprising area north of Snoqualmie Pass.We will meet at the Pass and depending on the group's skill level and the snow and avalanche conditions we will decide where to go from there. Advanced and intermediate groupings are possible. Please be aware that we can offer these kind of trips any day of the w on a private basis.
Suggestions for Intermediate day trips:
•            Snoqualmie Mountain via Cave Ridge
•            Kendall Peak
•            Kendall Ridge
•            Red Mountain
•            The North Slopes below Chair Peak
•            Pineapple Basin
•            The East Summit of Snoqualmie Mountain
Suggestions for Advanced day trips:
•            The Chair Peak Circumnavigation
•            Kaleetan Peak
•            The Slot Couloir
•            The Crooked Couloir
•            The West Flank of Kendall Peak
Suggestions for Ski Mountaineering day trips:
•            Traverse of Lundin Peak
•            The NE Buttress of Chair Peak
•            The New York Gully of Snoqualmie Mountain
•            The North Face of Chair Peak
•            The South Face of the Tooth

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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.