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Backcountry 101

Welcome to Backcountry 101, CBA’s guide for winter backcountry recreation. We have created this educational series to summarize the important information you need to know before your first adventure.


Below you will find a series of articles explaining mountain weather, planning a ski tour, going for a snowshoe, and gear for all of the activities! Over the winter, we will add more in-depth articles, so be sure to check back here for more great content!

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Topics covered:

  • Planning where to go

  • Finding partners

  • Determining which lines you want to ski

Topics covered:

  • Basic weather principles

  • Washington weather overview

  • Helpful tips for planning winter adventures

  • Links to useful weather resources


Topics covered:

  • Snowshoeing vs winter hiking

  • Snowshoe gear

  • Snowshoe skills

  • Suggested snowshoe adventures

Backcountry Skiing & Riding Gear Essentials
(Coming Soon!)

Topics covered:

  • Boots, Binding, Skis, Skins, Avalanche Rescue Equipment and more

  • Buying advice with specific PNW considerations

  • Local shops and ski swaps for buying gear

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