Hurricane Ridge Traverse-The True NW Ski Tour Thru Powder & History

  • Dates: Feb 27-28; March 12-13 & April 16-17; Custom Dates available
  • Duration: 2
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Client Ratio: 5
  • Cost:
    • – $595
  • Included: Guide service, tents, stoves, fuel, dinner & breakfast
  • Not Included: Personal touring & camping equipment, transportation.
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Hurricane Ridge Traverse-The True NW Ski Tour Thru Powder & History was cited by Local Ski Mountaineering Pioneer & Ski Historian, Lowell Skoog,

‘The route from Deer Park to Hurricane Ridge is the classic ski traverse in the Olympic Mountains. This tour is older than Olympic National Park itself. It is one of the oldest high-level ski routes in the Northwest.    The April 25, 1938 edition of the Port Angeles Evening News describes an exploratory trip led by Max Borst, caretaker of the Deer Park ski lodge. Borst led fourteen skiers across the route in just 12 hours on April 24, 1938. A 1936-37 ski booklet from Eddie Bauer shows a six-mile tour from Deer Park to Obstruction Point, suggesting that the route may have been scouted earlier.    High-level ski traverses and descents were a new deal in the Northwest during the Great Depression. The “New Deal” label is especially appropriate for the Hurricane Ridge traverse, because the route was facilitated by the work of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In 1934, the CCC completed roads from the Elwha River to Obstruction Point and from Danz’s ranch to Deer Park. Plans called for connecting these roads by an exposed route over Elk Mountain, but it was never completed.

For only one weekend we ski through the historic skin and ski tracks of our alpine touring forebearers. The Hurricane Ridge Traverse travels across an amazing setting with a high alpine ridge and 4 deep north facing bowls to drop into and rip up 1,500-2,000′ of deep NW pow!

Day 1:
Our itinerary includes an early departure from Seattle at 6 for 6:30 ferry to Kingston. Shuttle car to Deer park and continue to Obstruction Road. Start touring to Obstruction Point by 11. Ascend Elk Mountain and enjoy turns into its NE Basin. Camp and dine well for tomorrow we ski!

Day 2:
We ascend Maiden Peak, lapping the basins till we arrive at Deer park then ride down the road.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
You will receive an introductory email with the instructor for your course. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary – so $15-20 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. Often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.

CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
Yes, we rent Beacons, Shovels, Probes and Packs here. If you need these plus touring equipment, Second Ascent rents avalanche safety equipment, alpine touring, tele and split boards click here. Quantities are limited so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
You will carry 10-15 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.

WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
Payable when you make your reservation by check, or credit card.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less then 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.

WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.

WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. Our Avi and Ski Tours begin by 8 AM at the trailhead and return to the car by 3. Our return to Seattle on the last day typically allows you to get back between 5-7 with the descent and drive back.