Introduction to Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier

Description: Discover the joy of winter and the freedom of snowshoeing in one of the snowiest places on Earth: Mt. Rainier National Park! On this field outing, you'll learn snowshoeing techniques, ascending and descending hills, snow hazard awareness, winter preparedness, and natural history. In addition to teaching techniques of winter travel on snowshoes, REI Outdoor School instructors will share their knowledge of the park and guide you on a trip to explore the wonders of winter at Mt Rainier. REI provides the snowshoes, snowshoe poles, and professional instruction on proper use of equipment, so you don't want to miss it!

Skills you'll learn:

  • Learn appropriate technique to ascend, descend and break trail in snow
  • Learn local areas to take your family outside in the winter
  • Learn how to use and care for snowshoe equipment
  • Learn basic skills for winter travel and hiking
  • Learn to identify hazards in the winter
  • Learn about Mt. Rainier National Park

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Introduction to Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Introduction to Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Warm Hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Warm Gloves
  • Insulated/Waterproof Boots - Suitable for snowshoeing.
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.


  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Personal Camera
  • Binoculars

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Snowshoes
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.