Snowshoe

The club has a decent size group of snowshoe enthusiasts who take to the many snowshoe trails of the Pacific Northwest each winter.  

Most of these trips are day trips organized as meetups, but there are a few destination trips as well. The club has visited Hurricane Ridge several times, camping nearby.  The yearly trip to Stevens Pass is also a popular showshoe trip.  

Most snowshoers in the Pacific Northwest use some variety of mountaineering snowshoe (i.e. MSR style).  The snowpack seldom requires a lot of float, and the more technical style of shoe allows one to tackle more difficult terrain safely.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, January 05, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sunday, January 07, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Cle Elum/Suncadia/Blewett Pass
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    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: https://joebeckerphoto.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/snow-seeker/150119_blewett_7710/  Check out the map at: http://parks.state.wa.us/459/Blewett-I-90#Blewett%20Pass 

    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– craigdoug15@msn.com, 206-462-9315.

    • Saturday, January 13, 2018
    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • Lech am Arlberg, Austria
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    SPACE IS LIMITED AND FULL PAYMENT IS DUE September 28, 2017.  PLEASE CONTACT GIL PRICE AT 206.234.5898 ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US.

    Join Seattle Ski Buddies trip captain Gil Price as he takes you on a memorable week skiing a first class European resort - the Austrian Alps Arlberg region. Ski over 260 km of prepared runs on one ski pass throughout nine ski areas including Lech, Zuers, Oberlech, St. Christoph, St. Anton, Stuben, Kloesterle/Sonnenkopf, Warth-Schrocken and Pettneu. Gil knows this area very well having skied it annually for over three decades.

    Arrive in Lech, Saturday, 13 January 2018

    Depart from Lech, Saturday, 20 January 2018

    Lodging: Hotel Stuelzis, Lech am Arlberg, Austria

    Prices: US$1,680 per person sharing a double room or US$1,750 per person in a single room - both are pre-booked.  Full payment deadline is September 28, 2017. Some space may still be available at the time of the Ski Buddies October potluck.

    • Included in the above pricing:

      ~ Daily Austrian breakfast and four course gourmet dinner in the hotel dining room

      ~ Austrian wine & beer reception on Sunday evening – bring your Lederhosen!

      ~ Six days of daily ski lift passes beginning on Sunday and ending on Friday good at the following ski areas: Lech, Zuers, Oberlech, St. Christoph, St. Anton, Stuben, Kloesterle/Sonnenkopf, Warth-Schröcken, Pettneu, Rendl

      ~ Access to the hotel wellness center (steam bath and sauna – no bathing suit required)

      ~ Daily ski & boot warmer storage  ~ Free WIFI/Internet

      ~ Vegetarian friendly meals available with advance notice.

          

      Not included: 

      ~ Estimated ~$1,000-$1,200 roundtrip coach fare from Seattle to Zurich.  January is low season!

      ~ Roundtrip to/from Lech am Arlberg from Zurich airport’s terminal 2 with arlbergexpress.com is estimated at Euro 90 or $120 per person

      ~ possible Zurich overnight on 20 January; depends on your flight departure time, estimated at ~$150

    Deposits can be made now with checks payable to Ski Buddies (club membership required) and full trip payment due by September 28th, 2017.  Additional convenience fee to use Paypal.

    Please contact trip coordinator Gil at 206.234.5898.



    • Friday, February 02, 2018
    • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    • Winthrop, WA
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    Ski Buddies returns to Sun Mountain and the Methow Valley!

    Sun Mountain and Winthrop offer 130 miles of groomed trails and spectacular flat valley and mountain terrain cross-country skiing at all levels.  February is the best month for snow at Winthrop and Okanogan County.  This is some of the best cross-country skiing in the country according to X-Country Skier Magazine.

    Please join trip leader, Paul Horne, and other Ski Buddies the weekend of February 2-4, 2018.  We will arrive at Sun Mountain on Friday afternoon and depart Sunday afternoon while staying at the largest groomed Nordic ski area in the PNW in the scenic Methow Valley. This is a huge area with over 60 KM in groomed trails!

    We are staying in the rustic Lake Patterson Cabins which are ski in/out. The cabins are located near the main lodge with all the other amenities available for our use.  Paul will provide dinner on Friday evening.  Breakfasts will also be provided on Saturday and Sunday

    Cost for both nights is $260 per single bed or $520 queen bed (one or two people).  Space is limited to four queens and four single beds.  If we have a lot of interest, we may be able to secure another unit.  

    For Saturday night, Paul suggests a VERY FUN Sleigh Ride & Cowboy dinner.  Paul reports that he's done it previously and it's a fun and cool evening.  The Clydesdale drawn large sleigh departs the main lodge Saturday evening at 5pm sharp. The brief ride takes us to the top of a hill overlooking the valley and to a large cozy tent. Inside awaits a buffet style cowboy dinner served by friendly locals. The cost is $54 per person - great value and entertainment.  Paul has reserved six spots so let Paul know ASAP if you plan to attend the Saturday evening dinner.  Payment for this must be made either in advance or by 10am on Saturday at the activities office near ski shop in the main lodge.

    For those going on this trip, Paul recommends taking Friday off as the drive from Seattle to Winthrop is a minimum 6 hours drive via Ellensburg in ideal weather . You can NOT get there in winter via SR20 through Cascades National Park.  

    Like all Ski Buddies trips, the first ones to pay in full are on the trip.  Don't delay booking as this trip will sell out quickly.   

    For more information, contact Paul Horne


    • 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.

    TRIP INCLUDES:

    ·      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






    • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, February 25, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 34007 Yodelin Place, Leavenworth WA 98826
    • 11
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    STEVENS PASS WEEKEND  –  Feb 22nd - 25th, 2018

             01-THU-SUN (3 NITES) – $95.00

    Thursday through Sunday. Arrive after 4pm on Thursday and leave before Sundaynoon.

    ·         02-FRI-SUN (2 NITES) – $75.00

    ·         03-THU ONLY (1 NITE) – $30.00

    ·         04-FRI ONLY (1 NITE) – $45.00

    $25 PLUS WEEKEND SURCHARGE

    ·         05-SAT ONLY (1 NITE) – $40.00

    $30 PLUS SURCHARGE

    ·         06-THU-SAT (2 NITES) – $65.00

    THU & FRI NIGHT. LEAVING SAT

    STEVENS PASS WEEKEND  –  Feb 22nd - 25th, 2018

     

    Trip & Lodge Lowdown: The Stevens Pass Weekend is the longest running Ski Buddies trip (36th consecutive year since 1982!) and one of the most popular. We again have exclusive use of our favorite Cabin, just off the Highway and within two miles of Stevens Pass downhill area and only a few miles from the Nordic Center.

    The log and granite cabin offers a rustic feel yet features a full kitchen, three bathrooms, showers, sauna, outdoor hot tub, two fireplaces, and comfortable seating for conversation, dining and games. Sleeping is on the third floor loft with foam mats provided.

    Prices will also include very basic continental breakfasts. Most dinners tend to be a potluck with the Saturday dinner as the main potluck where we invite others to join us up in the mountain for the day and then come back to the cabin to enjoy a nice dinner before heading home.

    Lunches, dinners, lift tickets and transportation are participants’ responsibility through most dinners tend to be potlucks with people sharing dishes.

     

    Join Us For the Day or Saturday Potluck:  Club members are welcome to join us during the day or meet us at lunch time if they come up for the day.  Feel free to contact the trip leader by texting his cell phone (Cell service is spotty, so texting works the best).  We’ll try to meet up around 9AM at the Clock each day on Friday and Saturday.  As always, we have our official potluck on Saturday night and all are welcome to come back with us and enjoy dinner before heading back (or pass out at the lodge)

    Trip Coordinator (Click on Name to Contact): Thai Bui 

     

    Discounted Stevens Pass Ticket Info:

     1.  4 Day Powder  | Is non-transferrable and only usable by 1 person.  The advantage is you don't have to go to ticket window because it is loaded onto your card.  Sold during the months of November and December only so buy soon.

    http://www.stevenspass.com/giftshop/powder-pack


     

    *** REFUND POLICY ***

    Please consider buying trip cancellation insurance for all club trips.  Many of our trips are in privately owned resort homes, small family run hotels or hotels that offer no refunds.  Refunds are seldom available once payment has been made. 

    Refund policy: refunds for trips will be made only if the participant was able to be replaced by another.  It is the participant's responsibility to find a replacement.  If a refund can be issued, it will be done after completion of the trip.  All refunds are decided by the Board.

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    • Friday, March 02, 2018
    • Sunday, March 04, 2018
    • White Pass, WA
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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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,

    Paul 
    nwtruckintreehuger@hotmail.com

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
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Stevens Pass Weekend Feb 23-26, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017 WoHeLo Nordic Ski Trip
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Galena Lodge Yurts
Saturday, January 14, 2017 Lech am Arlberg, Austria, January 14-21, 2017
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 18, 2016 Stevens Pass Weekend Feb 18-21, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Silver Star - Alpine/Nordic, B.C., February 11-15, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016 Blewett Pass Weekend Trip
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Lech am Arlberg, Austria, January 16-23, 2016
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, February 20, 2014 Stevens Pass

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