North Cascades Mountain Guides is dedicated to providing you with the most rewarding backcountry skiing experience possible.  Situated on the east side of the highest, most northern pass in the Cascades, we have the opportunity to ski some of the driest, deepest snow in North America.  With the use of snowmobiles we are able to climb high into the mountains and access the amazing alpine terrain that the North Cascades has to offer.

In addition to backcountry skiing at Washington Pass and Ski Mountaineering in the North Cascades we also offer avalanche courses and trips around the world such as the famous Haute Route and Ortler Tour, along with many other backcountry and ski mountaineering trips.

….. we have the opportunity to ski some of the driest, deepest snow in North America.

 

 

 

 

Enjoying some of the massive amounts of untracked terrain at Washington Pass

Washington Pass Backcountry Skiing

Escape the crowds and ski untracked powder.  With the use of snowmobiles we have easy access to all of the amazing backcountry ski terrain off of Highway 20 – the highest, most northern pass in Washington.  The annual closing of the highway creates an amazing backcountry skiing playground.  These customized trips are offered on a daily basis (with advanced registration) and tailored to your skills, desires, and the best snow conditions.  Read more…..

 

 

 

 

Touring near Zermatt

Haute Route

This is possibly the most famous ski traverse in the world. Beginning in the birthplace of alpinism,  Chamonix, France, the Haute Route will climb over high mountain passes, down long glacial descents and through some of the most spectacular terrain imaginable to arrive in Zermatt, Switzerland, 8 days later. Each night will be spent in the comfort of fully stocked and catered mountain huts, allowing us to travel largely  unencumbered, thus fully enjoying the skiing along the way.  Read more……

  • 2014 dates:  TBD

 

Ortler Tour

Glacier Skiing in the Ortler

This is one of our favorite ski tours in the European Alps.  The terrain is slightly lower than that of the Western Alps, but still heavily glaciated and very alpine. Much of the tour takes places between 10,000-13,000′. This tour is actually a loop circuit as opposed to a point to point, making travel and logistics much easier. The  huts are well known for great food, incredible coffee and many even have hot showers!  Read more……

  • 2014 Dates:  TBD

 

 

 

Scott checks out a humbling crown.

Avalanche Training Courses

These courses are designed for anyone looking to gain a deeper and more thorough understanding of avalanche forecasting, rescue, beacon usage and safer travel techniques. The level 1 course is held over three full days and the Level 2 course is a four day program.  The Terrain Assessment Tour and Rescue Refresher Course are one day courses booked on a custom basis.  Read more……

 

Topping out on Big Chief Col

Ski Mountaineering

This 4 day course is designed for the backcountry skier looking to expand their skills into glaciated terrain with steeper and more technical objectives.  A great precursor for an expedition like the Haute Route or Otler Tour, this course is also a means to and end for people that want to take advantage of the incredible ski Mountaineering opportunities right here in the North Cascades.

We will cover use of ropes, ice axes, crampons(boot and ski crampons) as well as glacial navigation, crevasse rescue, route planning, snow camping, hazard evaluation and more.  Read more……