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Ski Trips

Last updated: January 11, 2024.


Every year, we organize at least one or two weekend bus trips and one or two longer trips, as well as joining forces with other ski clubs (within the NWSCC and FWSA) to organize multi-club trips.  We also have informal day-trips to Mt. Hood ski areas.

See How to pack for bus ski trips.

Trips Calendar Color code:
Mountain High trips are in BLUE,
FWSA trips are in Maroon.
Multi-club trips are higjlighted in PINK.
Click on any trip listed for more info.

  Mountain High members at Whitefish Mt. Montana   

2024 Trips


For all trips, see:

Trip Cancellation Policy






* Powder Hwy.  (2020)

* Mystery trip (2017)

* Canada trip (2016)

* Crystal Mt. trip (2016)

* Montana trip (2016)

* North Idaho (2014)

* Leavenworth (2014)

* Whitewater, Red 2013

* Brundage, Tamarack

* Shasta, Ashland 2012

* Powder Mt, Utah 2012

* Leavenworth 2011

* Crystal Mt. WA 2011

* Fernie, Canada 2010

* Mystery trip, OR 2010

* Heavenly, CA 2009

* South Oregon, 2008

* White Pass, WA 2008

* Powder Mt. Utah 2007

* Mission,Stevens 2007

* Val d'Isère (Alps, 2006)

* Idaho bus trip (2006)

* Canada ski safari 2005

* Crystal Mt., WA (2005)

* Big Mt., MT train (2005)


For more photos, see the Photos page.

All winter Weekend day-trips to Mt. Hood

All winter

Mid-week day trips to Mt. Hood

Jan. 27 - Feb. 3, 2024   

2024 FWSA Ski Week in Steamboat, CO  Annual trip by the Far West Ski Association
Feb. 11-15/16
McCall (ID):  Brundage Mt. & Tamarack

3 - 5 nights.   2 - 4 ski days

Travel by car, train, or plane.

Trip Leader: Linda McGavin

February 25 - March 10, 2024

FWSA International Ski Adventure

     - Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

March 17 - 22
2024 Mini Ski Week
         at Copper Mountain, CO

Mar. 1 or 2 -- March 7 or 8

Indy Pass Washington Ski Safari Trip
Bluewood, 49º North, and Mission Ridge.
Trip leader: Linda McGavin
March 13 - 17 2024 NWSCC Bachelor Blast
(open to all local ski clubs)

October, 2024 FWSA 13th Annual Scuba Dive Trip

Weekend skiing

at Timberline

In the middle of winter, we are usually busy with ski trips, PACRAT races, and other events.  But, we will most likely ski together at Skibowl and Timberline every weekend in March. April and May, until Memorial Day, when all the regular ski passes (Fusion pass, Spring pass) expire.


Join in the fun! Make the effort to join us before the lifts start, because after that it will be very difficult to find each other. It works best if we start the daytogether!

Mountain High club members human slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon

More alternate transportation

Since about 2018, Timberline has been providing its own shuttle buses between Government Camp and Timberline, encouraging us to leave our cars in Government Camp.  These buses run around the clock, so you can expect them once every 30 minutes or once an hour.


Timberline's shuttle buses stop at  the parking lot of the Summit Pass ski area

These shuttles are free for everyone who has a Timberline or Fusion Pass.

Weekend day-trips to Mt. Hood

Just for fun gatherings


Come ski with us!  Just for fun. Can you show us some new trail. a secret stash, a hidden slope?  Or can we show you something new you haven't skied before? Let's find out.


Please Join one or both of our club's Forums (Weekend and/or Mid-week). You can post messages there, see when other people are planning to go skiing, and communicate with them.


Simply click on one of the Forum buttons in our  main menu.  Then click on "Join this Group" in the upper right of the window.  Give the system your email address, so that you can then automatically receive an email whenever someone posts a message in the Forum or replies to your message.


Alternate ways to meet: 

1.  On the mountain, meet us before the lifts start runing at 9:00 am (or 8:00 am after May 15) just outside the day lodge, near the free ski check, ready to go skiing.

2.  On a 2-way radio, find us on Channel 6-19.  Just ask for "Mountain High" people!


For more info, contact Emilio, Emilio2000@earthlink.net, or 503-510-1477. 

Alternate transportation (by bus):

On some nice day (when it's not windy or rainy in Sandy), let's try using the Mt. Hood Express bus. A bus ticket costs only $2, and it saves you not only the cost of gas but also the wear and tear on your car.  We'll try to announce those days in advance.


Catch the bus on the far western end of Sandy. Even before you get to the first Sandy traffic light (near Fred Meyer), turn right at the ARCO gas station (barely visible from Hwy. 26).  Then follow Champion Way to the Sandy Transit Center.  There is plenty of parking there. The bus leaves there at 7:45 am, arrives at Skibowl at 8:30 am, and at Timberline at 9:00 am.


See bus schedule at: http://www.mthoodexpress.com/#!schedule-map/c1h6a


Mid-week skiers


The current group of mid-week skiers tend to be advanced skiers who enjoy powder skiing and challenging terrain (trees, bumps, ungroomed snow) at Mt. Hood Meadows.


Here are just a few of the regular mid-week skiers:


Debbie Thomas       Kay Kinyon       Walt Blomberg



George Yun          Kurt Krueger


Mid-week day-trips

to Mt. Hood ski areas.


A group of us go skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows on week days, all winter, often on Thursdays, but also whenever there is good powder, or whenever the fancy strikes! 


At Meadows, find us in the cafeteria in the South lodge near the Schuss restaurant (aka The Hamburger Place) around 8:00-8:30 a.m.(That's on the slope level, which is 2nd floor).  Left lodge as you walk up from the parking lot.   


You can connect with the mid-week group by joining our online Midweek forum page: http://groups.google.com/group/MtHigh-midweek?hl=en . Click on the Join this group link (on the upper right of the page) and follow the instructions. 


Please choose to receive all emails from the group. That way, you will be notified when the group starts making plans to go skiing.

Once you join this Forum (which is actually a Google Group), you can post messages in the midweek forum whenever you want.  Only your first message, or your first joining, needs to be approved by a group moderator..



  Trail map

Steamboat, Colorado
(Click on the map to enlarge it)

Steamboat, CO

January 27 - February 3, 2024
Annual ski week organized by the Far West Ski Association.
Join us for a week of skiing, partying, and racing.

Trip package includes lodging and FWSA and Council parties.  Additional costs for lift tickets, group air/ground, and Council Challenge races. 

Spaces still available!  We will return condos soon. Hoping to see many Old and New Friends.   

Lodging: Terraces at Eagle Ridge

Cost:  $1,770 2bd/2ba, per person, double occupancy

Amenities: Full kitchen, outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, complimentary WiFi, ski lockers, laundry facility, portage, easy walk to base or free shuttle and free parking (1 per condo).

Trip Amenities:  Welcome Reception; Mountain Tours, GS Races; Picnic; Farewell Banquet/Dance, NWSCC Dinner


Flyer with all of the details is at:



Online Registration (with waiver, etc.):  http://northwest28.sat.tours  Link includes details for all payment methods, additional fee of 3% for credit cards. 


Steamboat is a participant in the IKON pass (unlimited days) and IKON Base Pass (5 days). Purchasing through SportsAmerica, our tour operator, gives you a lodging discount of $30-50, pricing good till Sept. 1st.  Use their link to purchase:  http:www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-fws



Lift Tickets Costs

ADULT                           SENIOR 75+

5 day            $533                          $472

6 day            $622                          $561

Contact Christine Ciardi at c2blondie@hotmail.com




FWSA International Week

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

with an optional extension to

Milan, Verona and La Spezia, Italy

Feb. 25 - March 10, 2024

A week of skiing in Italy.

Plus an optional post-trip extension to Milan, Verona and La Spezia, Italy

More info at


For information contact:
Debbie Stewart at FwsaIntlTrvl@prodigy.net   

 or 559-737-0882 [C]




Brundage base

The base area at Brundage.

Brundage lift
Brundage Mt. - View from the top

Brundage yurt

The yurt at Brundage Mt.



Phil and Kurt at Tamarack


Tamrack ridge

The ridge at Tamarack

Click here for

the Idaho trip flyer

Mt. High Indy Pass ski trip
McCall, Idaho
Brundage Mountain & Tamarack
3 - 5 nights.  2 - 4 ski days.
Travel by car, train, or plane.

February 11–15 or 16, 2024
Join us for a wonderful adventure.

Up to 4 days skiing February 12-16 (Monday-Friday)  Your choice, depending upon your free lift tickets and how many days you want to ski

START DATE: Sunday, Feb. 11 – Drive to McCall & check in.  You can book as many as 5 nights at our group rate.  Any other nights will be at the hotel’s full rate – no discount.

This is a driving trip like the past few years.

  1. Everyone will be driving their own car. We will NOT have a bus.

  2. For lodging, you can select your own roommate (optional), or simply have a room to yourself. Your choice. We will not assign roommates.

  3. This trip is designed to use the Indy Pass (2 free days at each ski area). If you do not have a pass we suggest you buy lift tickets online in advance to get the best price. We will not have enough people to get group lift tickets.

HOTEL -  Book your own room under our group rate at the Best Western Plus in McCall, 211 S. 3rd Street, McCall, ID; 208-634-2230. 

DEADLINE:  To get the group discount on lodging, please reserve your room by January 15, 2024.

Your trip leader usually books budget lodging, but this trip is an exception, as we will be staying at a beautiful hotel with lots of amenities. Check out the pictures on their website!  https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/mccall/hotel-rooms/best-western-plus-mccall-lodge-suites/propertyCode.13060.htmll 

Our group rate is $179.99 plus tax ($206.99 including tax) per night, per double queen room or king room (quantities limited). 

To get this rate, just tell the hotel you are with the Mountain High club.

The hotel offers free parking, wireless internet, non-smoking spacious rooms, a 24-hour indoor swimming pool, oversize jacuzzi tub, spa, sauna and gym.  Enjoy a daily, complimentary full hot buffet breakfast which includes freshly made breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice, pastries (and they will deliver to your room from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.)  They have an omelette chef also on some days! 

The rooms have premium bedding, High Speed Wireless Internet, Refrigerator, Microwave, DirectTV, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing board, Desk, and Alarm Clock.  Note that there is an elevator! 

Please book your hotel room early – we only have a certain number of rooms.  After January 15 our room block will expire, but you can still make reservations at our rate if there is space.   There is no penalty for canceling up to one week before your arrival. 

The hotel is located 11 miles from Brundage and 20 miles from Tamarack. 

SKIING AT BRUNDAGE: Indy Passholders do not need to pre-schedule visits. Simply bring your valid photo ID to the on-mountain Guest Services office to redeem your ticket for the day.  In addition to the two days included in the pass purchase, you may purchase a third day at 25% off. You can make that purchase the day of your visit.  Like many ski areas these days, Brundage will sell tickets online in advance, at some kind of discount which is not known at this time. 

SKIING AT TAMARACK:  2 free days with the Indy Pass (you may purchase a third day at 25% off), or buy tickets online the night before.


Everyone who signs up for this trip, please contact Linda McGavin and let her know the following:

  • Did you make your hotel reservations, and for how many nights (2 or 3 or more)?

  • Where do you expect to ski, and do you have an Indy Pass? 


There are lots of restaurants in the area listed on the hotel website, which also lists many other activities in the area, including:

  • HFP Sleigh Rides, a horse drawn sleigh to observe and feed elk in Donnelly (13 mi.)

  • The Activity Barn tubing hill (3 mi.)

  • Gold Fork Hot Springs (15 mi.) and

  • Burgdorf Hot Springs (33 mi.)

Brundage Mountain Resort:  Summit Elevation 7,803 feet; Base Elevation 5,882 feet; Vertical drop 1,921 feet; 6 Lifts (2 high-speed quads, 3 triples, 1 conveyor lift).  70 Named Trails (Easiest: 21%, More Difficult: 33%, Most Difficult: 46%).  Snowcat skiing is available – ask your trip leader if you might be interested and we’ll check it out.  We did it on a prior visit to Brundage.  Wonderful mountain views of Payette Lake and the surrounding countryside. 

Tamarack Mountain Resort:  Summit Elevation 7,700 feet; Base Elevation 4,900 feet; 1,100 acres; Vertical drop 2,800 feet; 7 Lifts (3 express, 2 doubles, 1 poma, 1 magic carpet).  50 Named Trails (Easiest: 17%, More Difficult: 45%, Most Difficult: 38%). While the original tent at the base area (which used to be the lodge at the time of our very first visit) is still there, a mountain village that looks like Whistler has been built, with HIGH end lodging and dining: the Rendezvous Food Hall, an indoor open venue featuring an eclectic mix of four eateries; The Triple B Diner, El Pueblo Taqueria, Crusty's Pizza and Summit Bowls. Tamarack’s newest dining offering, The Reserve, features alpine-inspired Northwest cuisine in a mountain modern atmosphere.

Join us for a wonderful adventure!

NOTE:  The club is not collecting any money for this trip.  We will pay the hotel individually and buy lift tickets individually.  And for transportation, we’ll drive our own cars or arrange our own transportation.

Trip leader:

Linda McGavintrips@mthigh.org , 503-652-2840.

To sign up for this trip, simply do two things:

1.  Make your hotel room reservation - online.

2.  Contact Linda and let her know your situation.  Did you make your hotel reservations, and for how many nights (2 or 3 or more)?  Where do you expect to ski, and which pass(es) do you have? How many days will you ski? 

See our Mt. High
Trip Cancellation Policy



Stay tuned. More info TBA.

Far West Mini Ski Week

Copper Mountain, CO


March 17 - 22, 2024.

The largest and most famous ski area in New Mexico.

Taos is on the IKON Pass. (must reserve your ski days with IKON)

Trip package price starting at $....... is based on double occupancy. Single supplement pricing is available
Price does NOT include air or lift tickets.


  • Five night’s lodging
  • Ski in/Ski out
  • 2bdrm condo
  • 1bdrm condo
  • Welcome Reception
  • Farewell Dinner


Optional for purchase:

Lift Tickets

Optional Activities:

Trip details at: https://www.fwsa.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=623165&module_id=334799 .

Stay tuned. More info TBA.







Linda skis Bluewood powder


49 Degrees North
Ring the bell for good luckat 49º North,
and then go ski Cy;s Glades,
aka: "the 7 Deadly Sins"

 Degrees North trails

Just a part of 49 Degrees North


The Wing at Mission Ridge
The bomber wing at Mission Ridge


Bomber Cliffs

See the tiny skier in the middle?

That;s Sandra Volk skiing through the bomber cliffs.

Bomber cliffs

Skiing under the bomber cliffs is relatively easy.


Watch out! There's a Yeti behind you.
Or is it a frozen Bigfoot?


March 1:  Drive to eastern Washington (or later if skipping Bluewood)
March 2:  Ski Bluewood
March 3:  Ski Bluewood; then drive to North Spokane
March 4:  Ski 49º North
March 5:  Ski 49º North.  Then drive to Wenatchee, or spend another night in Spokane if you prefer.
March 6:  Ski Mission Ridge. Or take a day off.  Some people might drive 25 miles to Leavenworth, Or just drive from Spokane to Wenatchee.
March 7:  Ski Mission Ridge
March 8:  Ski Mission Ridge or drive back home

See our Mt. High 
Trip Cancellation Policy  

Mt. High
Indy Pass Washington Ski Safari Trip

3 Locations in Washington!
Ski Bluewood, 49 Degrees North, and Mission Ridge

March 1 or 2 through March 7 or 8, 2024.

Join us for a wonderful adventure!

Up to 6 days free skiing with your Indy Pass - your choice, depending upon how many days you want to ski.

This is a driving trip like the past few years.  
1. Everyone will be driving their own car. We will NOT have a bus.
2. For lodging, you can select your own roommate (optional), or simply have a room to yourself. Your choice. We will not assign roommates.
3. This trip is designed to use the Indy Pass (2 free days at each ski area).  If you do not have a pass we suggest you buy lift tickets online in advance (the day before) to get the best price.  We will not have enough people to get group lift tickets.

SKI BLUEWOOD – March 1-3, 2024
Bluewood is located about half an hour past Dayton, Washington, east of Walla Walla.  It has 2 lifts and 24 trails.  When we have visited in the past, we have enjoyed the trails and tree skiing in powder snow. 

If you want to ski Bluewood, you would drive to Walla Walla or Dayton on Friday or Saturday to ski one or two days before traveling on to Spokane on Sunday night.

There are two main places to stay in Dayton, one a “dive” and other the Best Western Plus at about $155/night. 

There are less expensive motels in Walla Walla (similar motels for about $149, a smaller motel for closer to $100), but they are about an hour away from Bluewood. 

While I have arranged for great prices at motels in Spokane and in Wenatchee, I did not feel comfortable signing a contract for a minimum number of rooms in Dayton or Walla Walla.
If you are interested in skiing Bluewood, please contact your trip leader ASAP to tell me how many nights you would stay and whether you would rather stay in Dayton or Walla Walla.  I will not set up rooming until I know how many people are seriously interested.  

SPOKANE – Ski 49º NORTH – March 3-5 or 6, 2024
It is about a 3-hour drive directly from Bluewood to our hotel in North Spokane, the Quality Inn Oakwood, 7919 N. Division Street, 509-467-4900.  This hotel has king and double queen rooms with refrigerator and microwave, and free wifi.  The hotel has a hot breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, elevators, and a free electric vehicle charging station.  Rooms will cost $99/night ($113.79 including all taxes and fees). 

You are responsible for making your own reservations and guaranteeing them with your credit card. Either call the hotel directly at 509-467-4900 and ask for the "Mountain High Snowsport Club," or use this booking link:

Mountain High Snowsport Club March 2024 - Quality Inn Oakwood, Spokane, WA

DEADLINE:  You must make reservations by Saturday, February 3, or the rooms will revert to their usual rate.  The cancellation policy is one day prior to your trip without penalty.  At the time of booking, you may change the number of nights you plan to stay.  See CHOICE below.

49 Degrees North ski area offers 7 lifts (including 1 high speed quad, 1 quad, 4 double chairlifts, 1 conveyor) serving interesting terrain.

Everyone likes the variety, which includes skiing the “Seven Deadly Sins,” Mahre’s Gold, Angel Peak, with 2 Ullr’s bells to ring for good luck (one at the top and one at the bottom of the ski area), plus lots of long cruisers and a variety of powder runs and glades.  Everyone has loved skiing at this area!  We plan to ski there Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5. 
You have a CHOICE when booking your hotels of staying 3 nights in Spokane or booking just 2 nights and driving to Wenatchee directly after skiing on March 5.  It depends upon whether you would like a rest day in Spokane.  If you drive to Wenatchee that day, you could take a rest day the next day to visit the charming town of Leavenworth. 

So far, it looks like most people want to ski 4 days in a row, with  no rest day between 49º North and Mission Ridge.

WENATCHEE – Ski MISSION RIDGE – March 5 or 6 through March 7 or 8

It is less than 4 hours to drive directly from 49 Degrees North to our hotel, The Cedars Inn, 80 9th Street NE, East Wenatchee, 509-886-8000.  Our club stayed at this hotel in 2021 and found it very welcoming – they even carved Welcome Mountain High in a watermelon for us! The hotel has king and double queen rooms with refrigerator and microwave, free wifi, a hot breakfast, indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, and elevators.  Emilio says it is the closest hotel to Mission Ridge. 

The cost of a king room is $84/night ($94.50 with taxes) and a double queen room is $94/night ($105.75 including taxes). 

You are responsible for making your own reservations and guaranteeing them with your credit card. Call the hotel directly at 509-886-8000 and mention Mountain High Snowsport Club to get your rate. 
You must make reservations by Sunday, February 25, or the rooms will revert to the usual rate.  You may cancel up to the day before arrival without penalty. 

Mission Ridge is in central Washington, on the eastern side of the Cascades, where the air is drier, the powder is better, and there are fewer crowds.  It has 1 high speed quad (with a bubble top), 3 double chair lifts, 2 rope tows, and 1 magic carpet. 

Mission Ridge is known for its World War II bomber wing displayed on the side of one of the trails. It has excellent cruising terrain top to bottom – and its bomber cliffs and mogul runs for some challenging skiing. 

Mission Ridge is on BOTH the Indy Pass (2 free days of skiing) AND the Powder Alliance Pass (3 free days of skiing), so you can ski here midweek for as many days as your pass will let you!

Everyone who signs up for this trip, please contact Linda McGavin and let her know the following:
  1. Would you like to go to Bluewood, if so for how many nights, and would you prefer to stay in Walla Walla or Dayton?  No hotel has been set up yet, and I need your input!
  2. Did you make your hotel reservations for Spokane or Wenatchee, and if so which days and for how many nights at each place?
  3. Do you have an Indy Pass?
Trip leader:
Linda McGavin,  trips@mthigh.org , 503-781-5809

NWSCC logo

Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor logo

Trip open to members off all local ski clubs in the Northwest

March 13 - 17, 2024.

Start:  Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 5:00 PM
End:   Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 3:00 PM 

Everyone from all NWSCC clubs is invited to join us!

Lodging:  We are staying at the Element by Westin, 1526 NW Wall St., Bend, Oregon, just 3 blocks from downtown Bend. 

Sign up early. Rooms are limited. Prices go up February 11, 2024.  Price is per person, double occupancy. 

Find your own roommate or pay a single supplement.

DEADLINE:  To get the group discount on lodging, please reserve your room by February 10, 2024.

Mt. Bachelor is on the IKON Pass.  It offers 4,000 skiable acres and 3,365 vertical feet.

More info & Signup form is on the NWSCC website at: https://nwskiers.org/trips/2024/3/13/nwscc-bachelor-blast-open-to-all-nwscc-club-members

Questions? - Contact: Linda McGavin at editor@nwskiers.org / www.nwskiers.org

NOTE: This is a multi-club trip open to all Northwest ski clubs. It is organized by the NW Ski Club Council.  Payments for this trip should be sent to the NWSCC; not to our club. Instead of the Dough Transmittal Form, please use the signup form mentioned above.


  Encounter with a sea turtle





Passport is required.


Find out how to apply for or renew your passport in this recently updated article on Passports.


Your Passport must be valid until six months after your return. It is your responsibility to ensure your required travel documents are in order and with you.

FWSA 13th Annual Scuba Dive Trip


with Randy Lew


October, 2024

Stay tuned. More info TBA.

Contact: Randy Lew, FWSA Dive Trip Leader,

829 SE 11th Place

Battle Ground, WA 98604

Cell: 530/304-0802

E-mail: FWSA13Randy@telis.net

More Info on the FWSA website at: https://www.fwsa.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=623165&module_id=552242



Stay tuned. More info TBA.


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