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White Salmon Glacier Ski Tour

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Mt. Baker Ski Area/ North Cascades National Park - Washington
April 26, 27, 28, 29, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
Trip Duration:
8 hours

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Skiing the White Salmon glacier is something you will never forget.  The terrain is unique in the lower forty eight states with the Hanging Glacier staring at you above and the Mt Baker Ski area far below you will think you are in the Alps.  We typically ski from around 7,200 feet elevation at the top of the White Salmon down to around 3,000 feet below chair 8 at the ski area.  

We meet in Glacier at 7:30 am and then caravan or carpool up to the White Salmon lodge (Lower Lodge) at the Mt Baker ski area.  The tour begins with a 15 minute skin up and easy cat track to below chair 8.  From here we pull skins, lock our heals and get a shake down ski almost 1,000 feet to the valley bottom.  From here we skin up the valley towards the impressive north west face of Mt Shuksan.  Continuing up and right we gain an island ridgeline that gives an aesthetic and straightforward skinning terrain all the way to about 5,200 feet onto the glacier.  This is a typical location for extended break: hydrate eat and adjust.  From here we skin up the suprisingly moderate terrain for 2,000 feet up to the high point.  Usually we ski from here.  Occasionally we can ski from the top of Whinnies Slide and for extra fit groups we may continue around the corner to the Upper Curtis Glacier and continue on for another 1,000 feet of skiing.