The Nooksack Traverse is characterized by stunning scenery and fall line skiing. Mount Shuksan is the centerpiece of the traverse, and if conditions allow, we will attempt to ski the summit pyramid. The route carefully and quickly traverses the breathtaking Nooksack Cirque, and concludes with quality ski descents of the Spillway Glacier on Icy Peak, and the North Face of Ruth Mountain.

Backcountry ski traverses are logistically challenging. Baker Mountain Guides has completed many traverses throughout the North Cascades. Our experienced ski guides, operational flexibility, and local knowledge create the best chance for success on the Nooksack Traverse.


Baker Mountain Guides offers the Nooksack Traverse as a custom program. We recommend a three day itinerary.

  • Day 1: Ascent of Mount Shuksan

    The Nooksack Ski Traverse begins at the Mount Baker Ski Area. We’ll descend to the White Salmon Valley and climb Mount Shuksan via the White Salmon Glacier. Camp will be at the base of Mount Shuksan’s summit pyramid.

  • Day 2: Nooksack Cirque and Icy Peak

    We’ll climb Mount Shuksan, and ski part of the summit pyramid. After packing up camp, we’ll cross the Crystal Glacier and rappel into the Nooksack Cirque. A quick traverse of the cirque leads to Icy Peak and the Spillway Glacier descent.

  • Day 3: Ruth Mountain to the Car

    We’ll pack up camp and ascend Ruth Peak. The North Face of Ruth is our last descent of the trip. 3000 feet of fall line skiing concludes a stellar adventure. From the base, we will follow the valley to the Hannagan Pass Trailhead.

Each Adventure is Unique

Featherweight Guarantee

Let’s face it: climbing and skiing are more fun without a massive pack. That’s why we strive to offer the lightest pack weight of any guide service. We plan meticulously, use quality equipment, and always share the load.

Program Information

  • Season
  • March – May 

  • Duration
  • 2 or 3 Days

  • Max Ratio
  • 3 Client to 1 Guide

  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2020 Season


    Custom Dates Available

  • Cost
  • Custom Rates

    Cost Includes

    • Tents
    • Stoves
    • Fuel
    • Breakfasts and Dinners