Icicle Creek Canyon has long been known for excellent rock climbing, but is also a very viable option for winter ski touring. There are a few good tours accessible on foot, but your options drastically increase if you can use a snowmobile to gain some elevation and speed what would be a long trip on unplowed roads.
All of our tours begin about 10 miles up the Icicle from the intersection of Icicle Road and the Bridge Creek Road. From this point we can access tours on point 7600' (a subsidiary peak of Mt. Cashmere), and routes such as the popular Cannon Mountain couloir. Our location on the eastside of the Cascades tends to keep the freezing levels lower, and the snow a bit lighter, while the these tours are still near enough to the crest that you see substantially more snowfall than in town. It is not uncommon for storms to deposit a few inches in town and leave a foot or more on the mountains mid-way up the Icicle.
If you add in the possibility of a 45 minute trip by snowmobile we can generally get up above 4000', the starting elevation for places like Stevens Pass and suddenly your ski touring options are vastly expanded. From the Bridge Creek parking spot we can facilitate day trips to deep powder, and really good touring. For winter 2014-15 it is uncertain that we will be able to offer snowmobile assisted tours due to current USFS regulations.
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