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Snoqualmie Pass ski tours in the Cascade Range of Washington state

Snoqualmie Pass ski tours in the Cascade Range of Washington state | United States

Ski tour the great scenic and snowy spots of the Snoqualmie Pass of the Cascade Range of Washington with certified-AMGA guide Matt.

Cascade Range

1 Day

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Ski among the stunning slopes that surround the Snoqualmie Pass.

* Capture the crisp rugged beauty of the Cascade mountain range.

* Benefit from having a qualified guide accompanying you in the Cascades.

Description

Cutting across the northwestern state of Washington is the major Cascade Range, part of the Ring of Fire of the Pacific Ocean.

Resting at 3,015 meters above sea level in the center of the state is the Snoqualmie Pass.

It is the lowest mountain pass that rides east to west, and we’ll use it to spring into the high summits of the Cascades, and down steep couloirs carpeted with deep powder snow.

From the Snoqualmie Pass there is a treasure box packed with potential adventures.

The alpine valley of Alpental lies in King County and is home to the Great Scott Bowl, one of the most breathtaking spots for backcountry skiing.

No Fog is the furthest spot here you can reach without hiking. While Bryant Peak is a minor summit while moderate angles of slopes.

And the Chair Peak is a highly desirable spot for stunning backcountry skiing.

Other areas include Snoqualmie Mountain, at 1,914 meters. The Slot couloir offers cool and moderate downhill skiing.

There are endless lines to explore in the Kendall Adventure Zone, a former secret stash of couloirs and slide down into the trees.

The tall peak of Granite Mountain, which rises to 1,717 meters, is another ideal spot to explore.

And there are many more backcountry opportunities here. Possibilities are endless. So we’ll create the ideal itinerary for you designed to take into account your level of ability, experience and ambitions.

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the majestic Cascade Range that runs along Washington state for a ski tour from Snoqualmie Pass.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

This is the price to join a minimum group of 2 and maximum of 5. To include transportation and equipment the price is $245. If you would like to extend the ski tour to 2 days then the price is $295.


About the guide

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Matt

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Ski Guide

I am the founder of BC Adventure Guides, a certified Ski-Mountaineering Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a certified Avalanche Instructor with the American Avalanche Association dedicated to perfecting my craft. I began skiing as disco was dying at New York’s Hunter Mountain, ’The Snow Making Capital of the World’ and a summer ski trip to Mt Hood inspired me years later to move from New York City to Washington State for college and he never looked back.

I let my curiosity for steep, wild snow combine with my passion for travel, and big mountains into guiding, leading trips to Antarctica, Europe, Asia, North & South America.

In an effort to help preserve wild places, I completed my MBA in sustainable business from BGI and started my own company, Back Country Adventure Guides. I now share my passion for snow with my daughter between completing my ‘honey do list’ and enjoying the greatest touring on Earth at Snoqualmie Pass.

Languages

French | English

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What people are saying about Matt

Chris

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Since Explore-Share has asked three times, here goes. We had a quite mixed experience with Matt and BCA at Rogers Pass this early March. The day 1 avalanche search and rescue instruction was thorough and one of the best I have taken. The guiding showed the benefit of having local knowledge. These guides did not have it. They were working in significant part from the Rogers Pass guidebook, which provides quite vague and brief descriptions of potential routes. After seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the team on day 1, on day 2 the guides nevertheless took us uphill in a nasty skintrack steeply up through tight trees for 500+ meters and lasting 4+ hours due to the terrain and group speed. Despite lack of local knowledge, understanding the map and in the first 5 minutes it was clear that this would be an epic and excessively difficult climb for the group. They continued up. Then, from an ~8:30 start, by 1:20 there had only been one food/water break taken / called or suggested. While our 2nd group was awaiting the first group to move forward, when I suggested we were overdue to take in some fuel, guide Matt said, “no please wait, we will break out of the trees soon.” (This proved to be >20 minutes away) after I stated the obvious need and that our group were going to take a break, we had taken a quick bite and re-caught the group in front of us, as I’d predicted. Inadequate group energy management by this guide. I saw no or nearly no skin track corners improvement by the guides, including many challenging ones that the guides blew though. Improving them evidently is standard by BC (British Columbia in this case) guides from my 11 previous ski touring days in the area. Nearly zero efforts to improve corners were observed in this case, despite the day 2 quite rugged skintrack steeply up in tight trees and several beginner kick turning skier or soft-booted splitboarders struggling with the line. (Including sliding backwards / downhill from one switchback to the next) Good instruction by the guides on how to make kick turns, but many of the turns were objectively much more challenging than they needed to be given no improvement made. At least one team member was so (unnecessarily had we had better route selection) gripped and depleted from the climb up that he skied well below his ability on the down. Our group had good trips on the 3rd and 4th day with 2nd guide Sam, who picked appropriate routes for the group and was responsive to requests to further shape the route to the abilities of the group. He found us good snow amid mixed conditions and on appropriate terrain. Safety and terrain stuff, no concerns. Food, dinners and breakfasts (2 each) provided at the hut, included a dinner that was far too skinny and which was nowhere near enough. Chicken quantity instruction was “one spoon (table spoon) per person.” The first dinner was borderline too little as well. Quality was otherwise good. I initiated the trip; and approved a second group to join us; then when we showed up, there was a third group of 4 there in the hut, which we hadn’t heard about until that day. Matt never mentioned any adjustment to the hut fee we had paid and on which this group was coasting or possibly paid him. I write based on some experience. I have had several dozen days in the backcountry with guides (and dozens more in New England and other terrain for which they were not needed), across touring weeks in from huts to snow cave living, to heli-served; to heli and cat skiing across multiple countries and so have many guides and days of experience from which to compare. This was the first really uneven or bad experience. No question, bottom of the list of 7 ski touring guides I have skied with.


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