Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding & Crevasse Rescue Course

For those with competent backcountry skiing or snowboarding skills who desire to safely travel on glaciers and to perform crevasse rescues.  You must be able to ski or board the equivalent of an ungroomed single black diamond slope with a weighted day pack whose weight is the equivalent of a glacier rope and crevasse rescue gear.  This course includes work shops, optional practices and an overnight field trip at Mt. Rainier where the students will practice roped travel and crevasse rescues.  Completion of this course prepares you to ski or snowboard on Mountaineer trips rated M1G, M2G and M3G.  The course provides instruction on: route finding, traveling and camping on glaciers, belaying, prusiking, and crevasse rescue systems.

To participate in the course,

  • Have either graduated or obtained equivalency for the Level 1 Avalanche course.  Request equivalency by sending your avalanche course certificate and Mountaineers number or user id to avy@foothillswinter.org.
  • Print the course material (see instructions below for access the course material).
  • At least one week prior to the first course workshop, complete and send the course pre-work described in the Glacier Skiing Handbook to the course leader (see instructions below for access the course material).
Access the course material at Foothills: Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding and Crevasse Rescue course material.

All workshops and optional practices are conducted at the Seattle Mountaineers' building at 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.

The course fee is $225 for Mountaineer members and $325 for non-members.  Registration is open and must be completed prior to the first course session. Enrollment is limited to 23 students.  For more information, contact the course organizer at glacier@foothillswinter.org.

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Required Equipment List

  • Metal edge skis with climbing skins or snowboard with an uphill climbing system (skins, approach skis or snowshoes)
  • Avalanche Gear: shovel, probe, transceiver 
  • Climbing gear: harness, carabiners, slings, pulleys, etc.
  • Textbook: Glaciers! The Art of Travel & the Science of rescue by Michael Strong et al.