We are pleased to announce our newest Ski Mountaineering trip- a hut-based course held at unmatched Silcox Hut. This is a spectacular location at 7000′ on the south side of Mt Hood, famous for its rustic ambiance, delicious food and unbeatable setting. The hut is spacious and cozy, and it gives us great access to terrain. We literally step out the door of the hut into our classroom – and we have the whole mountain to explore. There is really nothing like it Oregon!
Moving through alpine terrain on skis is one of the greatest mountain experiences. We will spend two nights at Silcox Hut, learning skills to enjoy skiing big mountains. This course focuses on adding snow climbing, rope use, and glacier skiing to your mountain ‘bag of tricks’. A highlight will be an attempt to summit and ski Mt Hood. This seminar is suitable for experienced backcountry skiers who want to go higher!
The centerpiece of Silcox Hut is a large room featuring a fireplace, hand-carved wooden tables and chairs and windows looking up the mountain, and a bar area. This room is our main lecture and discussion area. It also serves as our dining room.
The lower level of Silcox has three restrooms, one with showers and six rooms with sleeping quarters. Five of the rooms have two stacked single bunks (for a total of four beds each). The sixth room has only two beds. The rooms are all adjacent and have three walls with privacy curtains.
Excellent food is prepared by the year-round hut-keeper and is served family-style. A typical dinner entree is vegetarian or meat lasagna, green salad, vegetables, rolls and butter, fruit, coffee, tea and dessert. Breakfast includes old-fashioned oatmeal, fruit, juice, muffins and pastries, and coffee or tea. This is real mountain living with a emphasis on delicious food!
The Silcox Hut-based Ski Mountaineering course includes:
- Luggage transportation to and from Silcox Hut
- Breakfasts and Dinners during your 3 day course
- Bunkroom lodging
Day 1: We’ll meet at Timberline Lodge and store our luggage to be brought up to Silcox later in the day. We’ll start right away with a field session and rescue refresher, spending the morning in practice. Later, we’ll skin up to the hut and spend part of the afternoon reviewing skills and skiing in one of the nearby canyons, or wherever the snow is the best.
Day 2: We’ll start with a 7 am breakfast. After that, we’ll tour out to a field location for the rest of the afternoon, looking for some technical terrain to get on. We’ll break out the rope, crampons and ice axes, practice some skills and look for the best snow around. This day can be customized to meet the group’s needs and goals. We’ll try to get back before dinner and spend the afternoon using our new knowledge to plan the tour for day 3.
Day 3: The big day! We will execute the tour that we planned, practicing field observations and decision making along the way. Some great objectives may be to ski from the near the summit, or do a climb and ski on the Wy’East Face, White River Glacier, or whatever makes sense with the weather and conditions. Our luggage will be returned to Timberline Lodge, ready for pick up when we get down.
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain on skis, or splitboard. In addition, students must be prepared for both inside and outside coursework.