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Great Backcountry Tours For All Abilities!

Northwest Powder Skiing

Backcountry skiing is perhaps one of the most rewarding of all winter activities.  A combination of majestic views, untouched snow conditions, and group camaraderie makes skiing in the backcountry an activity not to be missed.  With the progression in ski equipment and growing crowds at the ski resort, backcountry skiing is gaining popularity.  Mountain Madness offers several ways to get out and enjoy the backcountry this winter.  Our guides are trained avalanche professionals, gifted teachers and have an intimate knowledge of the area. There is no better way to learn the fundamentals or find the deep white stuff.

 

"Steep and Deep" Ski/Snowboard Missions
"Hippie Pow" Backcountry Ski / Snowboard Tours
Washington Pass 1 Day Backcountry Ski: Birthday Tour
Northwest Big Mountain Ski Descents

 


"Steep and Deep"  Ski/Snowboard Missions

Intermediate to Advanced skiers

If you are intermediate or advanced skier and want to find the secret stashes of untouched powder or if you just want to refine your avalanche/ ski mountaineering skills, join one of our professional guides for a customized backcountry expereince in one of the spectacular location listed below.

Locations

Mt Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Stevens / Blewett Pass
Mt Baker Area 

Rentals can be found at: 

Pro Ski Service Seattle
Marmot Mountain Works
Feathered Friends

 

Dates:

Please contact us for details!

Land Cost:

$399 private, 2:1 $270pp, 3:1 $225pp, 4:1 $200pp, 5:1 $175pp

*land cost subject to change

Student / Instructor Ratio: 5:1

 

Included in cost:

  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide services

Not included in cost:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Restaurant meals
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Personal ski and touring gear
  • Beacon, probe, shovel
     
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A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants

 


"Hippie Pow" Backcountry Ski / Snowboard Tours

Beginner to Intermediate skiers

These weekend offerings are designed to give resort skiers a taste of the backcountry experience.  So grab a couple of friends and join us in seeking out the "hippie pow"! (Hippie Pow" is a term used to describe deep snow on gentle terrain, fun for all!)

Location: Will vary as we will design each weekend specific to the skill set of the group. Possible venues include:

Mt Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Stevens / Blewett Pass
Mt Baker Area 

 

Rentals can be found at: 

Second Ascent: 5209 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Skis, skins, poles, boots, and avalanche equipment)

Dates:

Offered every weekend. Please contact us for details!

 

Land Cost:

3:1 $225pp, 4:1 $200pp, 5:1 $175pp

*land cost subject to change

Student / Instructor Ratio: 5:1 ; (3 participant minimum)

 

Included in cost:

  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide services

Not included in cost:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Restaurant meals
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Personal ski and touring gear
  • Beacon, probe, shovel

A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants

Apply Now!

 


Washington Pass 1 Day Backcountry Ski: Birthday Tour

The Birthday Tour is classic spring ski tour that is available when Washington Pass opens in April or May. The Tour starts at the Blue Lake Trail Head and ends down at the hairpin of Hwy 20. The tour circumnavigates the Early Winter Spires and accesses many open bowls and chutes. If you are new to backcountry skiing this is guaranteed to get you hooked. The Birthday Tour provides plenty of skiing for all abilities and incredible views of the North Cascades. For many The Birthday Tour represents an annual rite to spring.  

 

Rentals can be found at: 

Pro Ski Service Seattle
Marmot Mountain Works
Feathered Friends

 

Dates:

April and May. Please contact us for details!

 

Land Cost:

$399 private, 2:1 $270pp, 3:1 $225pp, 4:1 $200pp, 5:1 $175pp

*land cost subject to change

Student / Instructor Ratio: 5:1

 

Included in cost:

  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide services

Not included in cost:

  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transportation to / within Seattle
  • Beacon, probe, shovel
  • Restaurant meals
  • Guide gratuities
  • Personal mountain equipment

A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants.

Apply Now!

 


Northwest Big Mountain Ski Descents

For people with basic ski mountaineering skills and experience, a ski descent down one of the Cascade peaks is a must do! Typically, the entire length of the approach and ascent can be skied – car to summit, and back down again. With a healthy snowpack, lots of terrain options are available, so join us this spring and experience the pristine value of skiing one of the Cascade volcanoes or high peaks of the North Cascades.  

Contact us for information on other Cascade peak ski descents 

 

Mount Baker

Elevation: 10,781 feet / 3286 meters

Mount Baker, the highest peak in the North Cascades, is a fantastic mountain for climbers AND skiers. Not only are its two standard climbing routes (the Easton and the Coleman-Deming Glaciers) also wonderful ski descents, but under certain conditions the mountain’s harder snow and ice climbs are now considered “skiable” by a growing cadre of local ski mountaineers. While on the summit plateau, ski over to the edge of the Coleman Headwall, peer down to the north, and consider what must have been going through the heads of the young skiers who first skied this feature 10 years ago – and then turn around and ski over to the Roman Wall and enjoy the moderate and imminently skiable slopes of the Easton Glacier instead – a 7,500 foot run!

 

Mount Shuksan

Elevation: 9,127 feet / 2782 meters

Mt. Shuksan, one of the most photographed mountains in the world, is a massive, complex peak which offers abundant ski terrain. It is an excellent objective for the intermediate/ advance backcountry skier to gain valuable ski mountaineering experience on diverse terrain. According to Northwest climbing legend Fred Beckey this peak “epitomizes the jagged alpine peak like no other massif in the North Cascades…it has no equal in the range when one considers the structural beauty of its four major faces and five ridges and the variety of routes they provide.”

 

Mount Adams

Elevation: 12,276 feet / 3742 meters

With numerous glaciers, tumbling waterfalls, and open alpine forests and meadows sprinkled among lava flows and rim rocks, majestic Mount Adams is not only the second-highest peak in Washington at 12,276 feet, but also one of the most beautiful skis around. As a composite volcano, Adams resembles Mount Rainer almost as a mirror image and offers similar ski and climbing opportunities, but with more solitude. Our route on the South Spur descends approximately 7,000 vertical feet and has unobstructed views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and Mount Hood.

 

Rentals can be found at: 

Pro Ski Service Seattle
Marmot Mountain Works
Feathered Friends

 

Dates: 

(3 Days)

Custom Dates Available: Call our office to schedule your NW ski descent.

 

Land Cost:

$895

*land cost subject to change

Student / Instructor Ratio: 5:1

 

Included in Cost:

  • Ground transportation
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Tents  
  • Stoves
  • Cook kits
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide services

Not included in Cost:

  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transportation to / within Seattle
  • Restaurant meals
  • Guide gratuities
  • Personal mountain equipment

A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants.

Apply Now!