Backcountry Skiing and Boarding

A number of club members participate in the fast growing activity of backcountry skiing and snowboarding.  

While it's hard to plan trips in advance given the variability of avalanche conditions, there are a few areas (e.g. Yodelin) that are safe in almost any conditions.  So there are occasional backcountry trips on the schedule.

Most backcountry trips are organized as meetups though.  

AT gear is the most common equipment among participants, though many of us Telemark and some ride splitboards.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, January 05, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sunday, January 07, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Cle Elum/Suncadia/Blewett Pass


    Ski Buddies Cle Elum/Suncadia/Blewett Pass Ski Weekend January 5, 2018 - January 7, 2018

    Join Ski Buddies for a weekend of cross country skiing, back-country skiing or snowshoeing in the Cle Elum area - Blewett Pass, Suncadia or Salmon La Sac. The non-motorized winter recreation areas of Blewett Pass provide a unique, high-country environment for snow sports under the eastern Washington sun.  Suncadia and Salmon La Sac offer groomed cross country skiing. Check out photos of Blewett:  Check out the map at: 

    When:  Friday, January 5, 2018 to Sunday, January 7, 2018 Location:  Blewett Pass non-motorized snowparks - summit of Blewett Pass, WA.  Suncadia and Salmon La Sac.  Lodging and dining in Cle Elum, WA. Come for a day or spend a night or two in Cle Elum.  Trip Advisor lodging suggestions for Cle Elum:  Best Western Snocap, Chalet Motel, Timber Lodge or Aster Inn. Iron Horse Inn B&B in South Cle Elum.  Please make your own lodging reservations. 

    Itinerary Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Activity and location will be decided based on weather and snow conditions.  Snowshoeing, cross country skiing or backcountry skiing atop beautiful Blewett Pass or cross country skiing at Suncadia or Salmon la Sac! 

    We will meet at Stella’s Café in Cle Elum (316 W 1st St) at 8:45 am. Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Activity and location will be decided based on weather and snow conditions.  Snowshoeing, cross country skiing or backcountry skiing atop beautiful Blewett Pass or cross country skiing at Suncadia or Salmon la Sac!  We will meet at Stella’s Café in Cle Elum (316 W 1st St) at 8:45 am.

    We will do group happy hours and dinners in Cle Elum/Roslyn on Friday and Saturday nights. Equipment:  There are no facilities atop Blewett Pass.  Be sure that you bring appropriate clothing, food, water and gear for a winter day out in the high country.  Sno Park passes required for Salmon La Sac and some of the trailheads up at Blewett Pass.  Suncadia has cross country ski and snowshoe rentals.  Trail passes at Suncadia are free.

    Please tell Craig Mabie what days you will be joining in–, 206-462-9315.

    • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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    JACKSON HOLE & Grand Targhee

    Feb 3rd – 10th, 2018

    Come enjoy the unparalleled big mountain skiing and snowboarding experience that only Jackson Hole and the deep champagne snow that Grand Targhee can deliver.  From the extreme steep of the corbet's couloir to the 4’100ft of vertical rise it is sure to be an experience you will not want to miss.

    You will enjoy 7 nights lodging at our private 4,200sqft ski-in/ski-out lodge with hot tub, sauna, game room and fresh, warm cookies each night.  Your stay will include breakfast, 4 dinners and daily après.  The lodge is located just outside the Teton Village and vehicles will be available for trips into Jackson, Grand Targhee, and other activities.


    ·      Seven nights lodging at Corbetts Wiggy

    ·      Breakfast and après ski daily

    ·      4 dinners

    ·      Arrival night welcoming party

    Additional Activities:

    Dog sledding, Sleigh Rides, Heli and snowcat skiing, Hot springs, and day trips to Yellowstone are all available at additional cost.

    Pricing for rooms with king or queen beds is based on double occupancy.  Price for bunks are based upon single occupancy.

    There is an option to split up the week between two skiers, but this is based upon availability.  Skiers booking for entire week takes precedence.

    Payment: A deposit of 25% holds your spot at Jackson Hole.  Monthly payments will be accepted, with final payment due NLT Jan. 3rd. 

    Trip Leader: Nick Eckert (425) 931-6283

    • Friday, March 02, 2018
    • Sunday, March 04, 2018
    • White Pass, WA
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    Join Ski Buddies for the White Pass Winter Carnival March 2nd - 4th, 2018

    This 'family' oriented event features a snow castle, live music, FIREWORKS, snow sports competitions, and poker run for all! 

    White Pass is your 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 ensuite 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 4pm, followed by poolside BYOB and socializing.

    Saturday - Breakfast prepared by Paul then snow play all day,lunch at members discretion. This is the main Carnival day of snow sculptures and HUGE snow castle. That evening is a reasonably priced prime rib dinner or similar served in the lodge. Followed by ski flare, and fire works display,  Capping off the night is live music in the bar until midnight.

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

    This is a good value oriented trip and fun annual event.  Price is $215 per person.  The snow is going to be epic this year, now is the time to ski White Pass!

    Hope to see you at White Pass,


Past events

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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