Backcountry Skiing and Boarding

It is difficult to plan trips in advance given the variability of avalanche conditions.  Most backcountry trips are organized through meetups.  

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McCaw Hall, Seattle

    Join Ski Buddies at McCaw Hall

    on Saturday, November 23rd

    for Warren Miller's - Timeless

    We have a limited number of tickets that we get directly from Warren Miller Entertainment.  Our seating is Orchestra 1, rows J - L, great seats to enjoy the show and get swag.  At $25.00/ticket this is the LOWEST price anywhere for the McCaw Hall showing.  Tickets will only be available for pick-up at the October or November potluck, they will not be mailed.  GET YOURS TODAY!

    The only constant is change, but winter stoke is eternal. After seven decades of celebrating skiing and snowboarding, Warren Miller Entertainment can confirm that nothing compares to the excitement of another season in the mountains.

    Join the kickoff to winter with our 70th film, Timeless, presented by Volkswagen, featuring ski veterans like Glen Plake and Forrest Jillson, alongside up and coming athletes like Queen of Corbet’s Caite Zeliff and Olympic skier Jaelin Kauf.

    Explore the enduring spirit of winter across the globe, from the slopes of the Colorado Rockies to the rooftop of the Alps, and the steeps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, to Mustang Powder Lodge in the Monashee Mountains in British Columbia.

    All moviegoers receive discounts on lift tickets, gear, swag, and more. Timeless is more than a ski and snowboard film, it’s an experience 70 years in the making.

    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • Monday, February 03, 2020
    • Park City, Utah
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    Join waitlist

    Please join me

    for a World Class SKI experience

    and the

    Sundance Film Festival

    January 30th - February 3rd, 2020

    We will be staying four nights at Bear Hollow Village in Park City with 3 1/2 days to ski and play.  The townhome has a private spa on the deck, plus we have full use of the resort clubhouse.

    Thursday afternoon/evening we will head into Historic Park City for drinks & dinner, checking out the Sundance Film Festival activities and events.

    Friday we will ski Park City Canyons with après ski and dinner will be at our townhome.

    Ski Buddies skiing the Monkey!Saturday, we will be going into the Heart of Historic Park City.  For those that want to partake in the Sundance Film Festival this will be the perfect opportunity.  For those that want to ski, lifts leave right from downtown.  Après ski and dinner will be on the town.

    Ski Buddies enjoying a Blue Bird day!

    Sunday will be spent skiing the Bird!  Snowbird is located about a 45 minute drive from Park City and offers some incredible vertical for the more advanced skier. Après ski and dinner will be at our townhome.

    Late Monday morning we will head back to the airport.

    Park city is in the Epic Pass network and Snowbird is in the Ikon Pass network for participants that have those passes.  Lift tickets are not included and it is best to purchase them in advance online before arriving in Utah.

    There will be rental SUV's with ski racks to transport us to and from the airport and around town.  Breakfast will be provided every morning and two dinners on Friday & Sunday evenings.

    Airfare is not included, but those participants arriving/departing on the following flights will enjoy being shuttled to/from Park City in the rental SUV's.

    Arrival:  Alaska flight 978 departs Seattle on Jan. 30th at 9:45AM arriving in Salt Lake City at 12:55 PM.

    Departure: Alaska flight 979 departs Salt Lake City on Feb. 3rd at 11:50AM arriving in Seattle at 1PM.

    The cost is $440 per participant with (4) single beds and (2) private queens.

    If you have any questions, please email me. I hope you can join me in Utah!


    • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, March 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Telluride, CO

    Telluride Gay Ski Week
    February 26th - March 1st, 2020

    Some snow resorts are legendary; ones that, year after year, are among the top in mountain sport rankings. Telluride is just such a place! This season, join your Ski Buddies friends for a great trip during Telluride Gay Ski Week!

    The former Ol’ West mining town near the southwest corner of Colorado morphed into a ski resort in the early 1970s and has continually grown to be a leading destination. The base is at an impressive 8,700 feet of elevation, and the mountain features 125 trails: beginners (23%), intermediate (36%), and advanced/expert (41%). The hill has a lift-served drop of 3,845 feet and a total vertical drop of 4,425 feet. For moving about the runs there are 2 gondolas and a variety of 16 chairs and lifts, and there is a free gondola that connects the chic historic town to the posh, newer mountain village.

    Our trip with be four nights from Wednesday, February 26 until Sunday, March 1. Home base will be a stylish on-mountain home that provides free access to the nearby ski concierge service (safe, warm storage for boots and boards/skis) with ski-in/ski-out and an exceptional spa (hot tubs, swimming pool, hot and cold running chocolate…).

    The cost of the trip includes gourmet food and high-quality beverages for: welcome reception and dinner, breakfast buffet every morning, apres every afternoon with themed snacks and signature cocktail, and one additional dinner. And for non-skiers/riders, or if one just wants a day off, we can assist with off-hill excursion ideas and contacts.

    Telluride is part of the Epic Pass network.  Pass holders with full passes get 7 days of riding with their Epic Pass

    Up to 11 people can enjoy this memory-in-the-making trip for $925 per person. Don’t miss out!

    • Friday, February 28, 2020
    • Tuesday, March 03, 2020
    • Revelstoke, BC, Canada

    February 28th - March 3rd, 2020

    Come join us in the bottomless powder and huge vertical that is REVELSTOKE!

    With 5,630 vertical feet (and far fewer crowds than Whistler), Revelstoke is the place to rack up your verts. Get those trackers going and get ready to be blown away. With 75 runs, 4 alpine bowls, and numerous gladed tree runs, there’s something for everyone. Fun, fast and long groomers, steep powder filled bowls and hike-to terrain, and a run that is over 9.5 miles long, Revelstoke is hard to beat. With an average annual snow fall of 413 inches (34.4 FEET) the powder is unforgettable. Located in eastern British Columbia, Revelstoke is far enough away to keep the crowds down, and the powder stashes intact. After one run you are likely to get the “Revy grin” that won’t go away any time soon.

    Ski Buddies has booked a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house with hot tub. The house is a convenient 5 minute walk to the lifts. There are three bedrooms with king beds (two people per room) and there is a bunk room with two bunks and a queen bed.

    Price includes a lasagna dinner with soup, salad, and bread on Saturday. Also included are apre's appetizers and snacks, and continental breakfasts. Sunday’s dinner will be an optional potluck.   Monday night will be an optional a la carte meal in town, hopefully at my favorite Indian/German fusion restaurant. (The bratwurst wantons and butter chicken spaetzle are amazing).

    Prices are $490/per person for the king beds (two people required). And $435 dollars per person per bed for the bunk room. Transportation will be on your own to Revelstoke and I will try to help coordinate carpooling once the sign up is full.

    Revelstoke Mountain Resort is on the Ikon pass, as well as the Mountain Collective. Discounted tickets can also be found through Liftopia.

    Payment is due in full at sign up.

    Please contact Shane Ballweg with any questions

    • Friday, February 28, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, March 01, 2020
    • White Pass, WA
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    This 'family' oriented event features a snow castle, live music, FIREWORKS, snow sports competitions, and a poker run for all! There is also a “theme" to be announced, dressing according for fun on the hill is encouraged. 

    White Pass is Ski Buddies' Paul Horne's local mountain and he knows it well.  The mountain offers, Alpine skiing, Groomed Nordic track and skate skiing, snowboarding (including terrain park), Back Country, and Marked Snow Shoe trails.

    Ski Buddies will be staying right at the White Pass Village Inn Condo's. Amenities, some have on-suite wood stove in some rooms and GREAT outdoor heated pool.  Keep in mind this is a family friendly trip.

    Friday-check in and group casual dinner prepared by Paul starting at 4:15pm, till 8ish, likely inside the Nordic Center warming Yurt, followed by poolside BYOB and socializing afterwards.

    Saturday – Breakfast foods are furnished in each unit, preparation is a group effort by occupants. Then snow play all day, lunch at members discretion - I recommend the High Camp Lodge. This is the main Carnival day of snow sculptures complete with a HUGE snow castle. This evening is a reasonably priced prime rib dinner or similar served in the lodge, OR join us in the Nordic Yurt for a dinner by Paul and drinks. Dinner is followed by a torch parade and fireworks display.  Capping off the night is live music in the bar until midnight.   

    White Pass management is offering us group discounted Alpine lift passes and Nordic passes, prices to be announced. PLEASE email Paul once signed up and paid with how many passes you want, for what type and what days.  I will be staying up there, Thurs. through Sun. The discounted passes will be offered through me, and are offered Fri, Sat, and Sun.

    Sunday - Breakfast, then room check out, snow play rest of the day.  Lunch is at members discretion.  

    This is a good value-oriented trip and fun annual event.  Price is $270 per person, or per single bed, $540, for couple or queen bed.  The snow is going to be epic this year, now is the time to ski White Pass!

    Hope to see you at White Pass,


    • Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 05, 2020
    • Big White, BC
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    April 1  5, 2020

    Big White highlights:

    Home to the best snow (dry, fluffy powder) in BC and the longest season in the Okanagan.  Big White is southeast of Kelowna, BC.

    Ski In/Out hotel in the village + Outdoor pool & hot tub

    FREE Parking, Ski Storage, WIFI, Mountain Guided Tour @ 10:30am daily

    PRIDE events - TBD by Dustyn - the PRIDE organizer

    Welcome Reception w/ 1 free drink & apps + VIP Card for discounts throughout village (TBD)

    4 nights hotel (arrive Wednesday/depart Sunday)

    4 of 5 day ski pass (Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat or Sun)

    4 x Breakfast + 4 x dinner (in various village restaurants) + 4 x Apres  

    Car pooling to Big White

    $645 per person (2 per hotel room)

    Contact Gil Price for more information! Call 206.234.5898

Past events

Friday, April 05, 2019 BIG WHITE, BC - PRIDE
Thursday, March 28, 2019 SKI UTAH!
Friday, March 01, 2019 White Pass Winter Carnival
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Big Sky, Montana
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Mountain to Sound Ski Swap Event in West Seattle - this weekend!
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6th Annual Ski Swap Event in Issaquah - this weekend!
Saturday, March 17, 2018 PRIDE @ STEVENS PASS RESORT
Friday, March 02, 2018 White Pass Winter Carnival
Friday, January 05, 2018 Cle Elum/Suncadia/Blewett Pass Ski Weekend
Saturday, March 11, 2017 PRIDE @ STEVENS PASS RESORT
Friday, March 03, 2017 31st Annual White Pass Winter Carnival
Thursday, March 02, 2017 Royal Gorge & Sugarbowl
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Steamboat Springs
Friday, February 17, 2017 WoHeLo Nordic Ski Trip
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Galena Lodge Yurts
Saturday, December 17, 2016 Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Sunday, July 10, 2016 JULY 'TRIP LEADER' POTLUCK
Sunday, June 12, 2016 JUNE POTLUCK
Sunday, May 01, 2016 MAY POTLUCK
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Mt Bachelor/Sunriver, OR
Thursday, March 03, 2016 Red Mountain BC March 3-6, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Silver Star - Alpine/Nordic, B.C., February 11-15, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016 Blewett Pass Weekend Trip
Friday, January 15, 2016 Manning Park, B.C., January 15-18, 2016
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Mount Bachelor
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Stevens Pass Weekend
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Anthony Lakes, OR
Friday, January 23, 2015 Lake Wenatchee Cross Country and Backcountry
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Stevens Pass

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