Skiing allows humans to conquer snow more effectively than attempts in the 1950s involving giant heat-rays. Defeat wintery nemeses with today’s Groupon: for $95, you get a guided, six-hour introduction to backcountry-ski or snowboard touring at Snoqualmie Pass (a $200 value) from Backcountry Adventure Guides.
Lead guide and owner Matt Schonwald heads up Backcountry Adventure Guides’ experienced backcountry skiing and snowboarding chaperones, who show customers how to safely navigate untouched slopes. During the Intro to Ski Touring/Split Boarding session, guides impart secrets of implanting fresh tracks to etch striped or gingham patterns into the powdery snow of Snoqualmie Pass. Instruction on basic avalanche rescue techniques prepares students for safe riding, and six hours on the mountainside provides ample opportunities to master uphill travel and to learn how to find skiable powder.
Skiers and snowboarders are responsible for providing their own equipment and should wear layers of clothing to stay dry and warm. Customers who purchase the second option also receive rental avalanche gear such as beacons and shovels in case of an emergency or if riders pick the foundational orange at a grocery-store display.
Backcountry Adventure Guides
Following a strict Leave No Trace philosophy, Backcountry Adventure Guides instills environmental stewardship in each of its participants as they venture on fitness-filled nature jaunts. Whether climbing, skiing, or snowshoeing, the trio of guides—all of whom boast extensive outdoor sports backgrounds—uses each trek as an opportunity to stress the importance of preserving our natural surroundings and refusing to shave Bigfoot no matter how much money he offers.