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Washington Ski Touring Club

Avalanche Awareness & Preparedness

Excellent (and free!) workshops are offered through the David Pettigrew Foundation.  Workshops include: Mountain Safety, Avalanche Awareness, Avalanche Terrain Observation, and Companion Rescue.  Locations vary, and include Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass Fire Station, Stevens Pass, and Mission Ridge.


Check the David Pettigrew Foundation for workshop descriptions, dates, locations, and to register.

Cross Country (Classic & Skate) Ski Lessons

Excellent half day, single day, multi-week, and weekend camp clinics are offered through The Mountaineers Nordic Ski School Program through their various branches (Foothills, Seattle, Everett, Olympia, and Outdoor Centers).  Check The Mountaineers for clinic descriptions, dates, locations, and to register.


Locations include various sno-parks along the Snoqualmie Pass/I-90 corridor (Gold Creek, Erling Stordahl sno-parks), the Club's Meany Lodge (Easton), Kahler Glen (Leavenworth), Stevens Pass Nordic Center, White Pass Nordic Center (Naches), and in the Methow Valley (Mazama).  A Sno-Park permit with Groomed Trails permit is required at sno-parks; trail passes are required at Nordic centers/resorts.  Carpooling is encouraged to conserve limited parking spots.  

Participants provide their own ski gear.  Ski gear may be rented at local shops.  Please make arrangements to be sized and either purchase or rent gear prior to the first class.

Backcountry (Telemark & Randonee) Ski Lessons

If you're looking to improve your free heel (telemark) or fixed heel (randonee) ski skills and have fun during an uncrowded weeknight on the slopes, Washington Alpine Club (WAC) offers a great Telemark / Randonee series.  The 6-week series offers ski instruction at levels from beginner to advanced, and is held on Wednesday nights at Summit West at Snoqualmie Pass.