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Book Release: WA Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes

Cost: Free 


Join us for the official launch for this epic new guidebook, featuring:

* Aerial photos and routes slideshow 
* Martin Volken, Ben Haskell, Pro Guiding Service mountain guides, and special guest Lowell Skoog

When Mountaineers Books asked Martin Volken if he could write a brand new guidebook to backcountry skiing in Washington state he said "yes, but I will need some help." Enter mountain guides Benjamin Haskell, Forest McBrian, Trevor Kostanich, Aaron Mainer, Chris Simmons, David Jordan, Kurt Hicks, Margaret Wheeler, Erin Smart, and Solveig Waterfall to the rescue. All told, the team from Pro Guiding Service spent three seasons exploring the Cascades and Olympics (with a little bit of extra credit homework in Canada too) to bring you the all-new Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: Washington.  

From the Pickets to Adams and Rainier and beyond, we're stoked to share all the discoveries they made during their extensive route research and celebrate Washington's great backcountry ski culture. 

See you at the Mountaineers Program Center (7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle). Doors open at 6:45, show starts at 7:30.

A few comments from Martin Volken about creating this book:
"Coming up with 81 worthy ski tours, descents, and traverses wasn't hard; the challenge was to create a list that offers something for every ability level in a geographically diverse region. We were trying to produce excellent beginner ski tours, classic moderate routes, long and remote traverses, and also what we proudly call modern American ski mountaineering and extreme skiing challenges."

"The Cascades and the Olympics are not the biggest mountain ranges in the world or even in North America. Some ranges are more remote, while others boast a more developed access infrastructure. But, after roaming the mountains of Washington State for more than two decades, we believe our sweet blend of size, relief, remoteness, and reasonable access makes ski touring and ski mountaineering in Washington State a pure affair. Many of the described routes are day tours, some are overnight tours, and still others require a multiday effort. All of them are self-sufficient endeavors; no gondolas, no huts, no hotels, no helicopters, no porters just you and the mountains."

Martin Volken is the founder and owner of Pro Guiding Service and Pro Ski and Mountain Service. He is a Swiss IFMGA Mountain Guide and guides all facets of mountain travel. He has authored and co-authored Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass and co-authored Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering. He consults for Outdoor Research and K2. He would like to thank Ben Haskell for his amazing effort in managing this group project.

Mountaineers Books, including its two imprints Skipstone and Braided River, is a leading publisher of quality outdoor recreation, sustainability, and conservation titles. As a 501(c)3-nonprofit, we are committed to supporting the environmental and educational goals of our organization by providing expert information on human-powered adventure, sustainable practices at home and on the trail, and preservation of wilderness.
Recreation. Lifestyle. Conservation.

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  • βrian

    Buy this book, select an appropriate tour, and go ski on the shoulders of Giants.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Elaine

    That was inspiring... And we are getting snow now. Let's go play soon!!! ;-)

    Thank you for setting this up!

    February 12, 2014

  • βrian

    We're now at the Mountaineers in the back of the room.

    February 11, 2014

  • βrian

    We're now at the Sand Point Grill.

    February 11, 2014

  • βrian

    Following is a note from ProGuiding a couple of days ago:

    We're excited that so many of you have RSVP'd and are planning to show up. This should be a really fun event.

    There will be beer on tap from Two Beers brewing as well as other adult beverages, and gourmet hotdogs will be served out of Dante's Inferno Dogs food truck. Thanks for all the support over the years, it's the demand from an awesome community that makes putting together a book like this a rewarding enterprise. We'll see you on Tuesday!

    You can check out our Facebook page for more event info as well.

    February 11, 2014

  • Pat V.

    Not going but I definitely want a copy of that book! ! Hopefully it will be available on Amazon?

    February 10, 2014

  • βrian

    Yesterday, I emailed the restaurant location. If you didn't receive it, let me know and I'll resend it.

    February 8, 2014

  • Bill

    It looks like I can't make this. If things change, I'll RSVP again that I'm going.

    February 5, 2014

  • David V.


    I am coming from Queen Anne if anyone needs a ride. Call/text[masked]-0251. You would need to be available by 5:15 if we are trying to make it to the restaurant.

    February 3, 2014

  • Elaine

    What a great idea to dine beforehand. I'm in :-) I would like to carpool too!

    February 2, 2014

  • βrian

    For 5:45pm, I made reservations for 6 people at a casual restaurant (beers and burgers) near the Mountaineers Clubhouse.

    Post a comment here to reserve a spot for dinner.

    I will email the location of the restaurant a few days before the event.

    February 2, 2014

  • βrian

    At 4:45pm, I can drive from Eastgate park and ride and take 3 passengers.

    February 2, 2014

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