Backcountry Seasons Pass

We love skiing. It’s that simple. If you can relate, the Frequent Powder Program is for you. This is our way of rewarding your love of skiing and providing what we think is the best deal going to get you out there! Whether you are looking to develop your backcountry skills, or just want to get the goods when its good, this program gives you the flexibility you need to make the most of your winter.   

Stevens Pass Backcountry Skiing

Stevens Pass is home to some of the deepest snow and best tree skiing in the Pacific Northwest and is located only one and a half hours from downtown Seattle.  North Cascades Mountain Guides offers traditional backcountry skiing trips as well as “Out-of-Bounds” skiing at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort.  

We have a wide variety of offerings at Stevens Pass from huge multi-peak ski mountaineering objectives to gravity-fed powder skiing inside and outside of the ropes of the ski area.

AMGA Course and Exam Prep

NCMG Owners Jeff Ward and Larry Goldie are instructors and examiners for the American Mountain Guides Association guide training and certification programs.  Jeff is one of the lead instructors for the AMGA and also serves on the AMGA’s Technical Committee.  Larry is an AMGA instructor and examiner that also teaches Level 3 and Instructor training courses for AIARE.

Rescue Refresher Course

Has it been a few years since your last avalanche course?  If so, it might be a good time to refresh your avalanche rescue skills.  This program is designed for graduates of an AIARE Level 1 course who want to insure that the rescue skills learned on their course are still fresh in their minds.  The day will be spent in the field covering safe travel techniques, strategic shoveling, probing and running through beacon drills as well as full rescue scenarios.

Terrain Assessment Tour

Whether you have just taken your first avalanche course or have been skiing avalanche terrain for decades, this course can help take your terrain assessment skills to the next level.  Terrain assessment is the most important skill for moving through avalanche terrain safely and being able to choose the right slope to ride given the avalanche conditions of the day.  

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

This avalanche course is designed for ski patrollers, alpine and ski guides and anyone who will be working as part of snow safety team.  The ability to observe and record information at a high standard is critical in making that information useful for professional forecasters, regardless of context.  There are so many variables involved in assessing snow stability and forecasting avalanche hazard, that without standardized methods of data collection and recording, the process would be nearly impossible.  This course will teach you the skills needed to work as part of this team.  

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course

This avalanche course is designed for anyone looking to feel more confident traveling and being a contributing group member in avalanche terrain. This program has a pre-course online learning component, plus 24 hours of instruction provided by experienced ski guides and avalanche forecasters.  The curriculum is based on the AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 curriculum and taught by AIARE trained instructors.