Mount Hood offers a great venue for ski mountaineering with glaciated terrain, open snow fields, and easy access. This course provides a great foundational skill set for skiers who want to make the jump from winter ski touring into spring and summer ski mountaineering terrain that require more technical climbing skills.
In the ski mountaineering clinic you will learn crampon and ice axe techniques, and practice roped travel. You’ll also learn efficient techniques for skinning on steep slopes, and when and how to boot up instead. All of these skills are – of course – topped off with some skiing down the glaciated flanks of Mount Hood.
If the lifts are running, we’ll take the Palmer Chairlift up to 8500 feet, and tour to a location where we can teach the climbing skills. The day will capped off by a long ski descent back to Timberline Lodge.
This clinic is for skiers who want to learn the skills required to go ski mountaineering. It is a great foundation on which to build personal experience. Many skiers will click right back in the next day for a ski descent of Mount Hood with one of our guides.