Covid-19 Notice for 2021 Rainier Programs
While we are certainly planning for several eventualities, our working plan for 2021 will be based on the assumption that Covid-19 is still prevalent. We will move forward under similar protocols implemented during 2020, and plan to run all Rainier programs in 2021 with the exception of the Little Tahoma Seminar. There are some notable changes to the way we've traditionally ran our programs as listed below:
- We will not be providing meals on our climbs in 2021. We hope this changes so we can get back to serving our world-famous Camp Muir Burritos! Please see our food suggestions page for additional details.
- We plan on providing transportation from IMG HQ to/from the trailhead. However, this may not be feasible under Covid-19 protocols. We're working on alternative options and will keep all registered climbers updated on any changes to this plan.
- We will provide single tents to all climbers unless you are members of the same household wishing to share a tent.
- We will require a cloth facemask during the first ½ day orientation and in IMG vehicles.
Naturally people will want to know our 2021 Covid-19 cancellation policy. For 2021, funds from any National Park Service, WA State mandated or IMG directed Covid-19 related cancelled programs, will be to carried over to the same program and same or closest date in 2022. Short of an NPS, WA State or IMG directed cancellation, our no refund policy remains in place. Note that if your 2020 program was rescheduled by IMG, and is rescheduled again in 2021 due to Covid-19, you will have the option to carry your funds over to 2022, or be issued a refund.
Additionally, we will defer accepting reservations for pre-climb tent lodging at IMG Headquarters until April 1, 2021, when we will have more current information on the status of COVID and any impact it may have on operations for the season.
As is the case with all things Covid-19, we will remain as flexible, communicative and as transparent as possible in these unprecedented times.
Mt. Rainier 2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-on
Do you want to take your skiing or snowboarding beyond the boundaries of the ski area? To explore the pristine untraveled snow and mountains that blanket the Northwest during the winter? Let IMG's team of guides and avalanche experts help you develop the skills needed to plan your winter adventures to find the best snow with our backcountry touring seminar designed as an add on to an IMG AIARE Level 1 avalanche course. Taking your skiing/riding skills from the resort to the backcountry is our goal. This is the ideal way to learn and practice responsible backcountry touring, planning and route finding after learning about avalanche hazard evaluation, all under the watchful eye and targeted instruction of our educational staff.
IMG's 2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-on is the package to start you off in the mountains with the right set of skills to enjoy the winter mountains on your skis or snowboard.
The course will focus on some or all of the following after completing the AIARE level 1 program:
- Packing for the Objective
- Tour Planning
- Route Finding/Navigation
- Efficient Uphill Travel and Track Setting
- Travel Techniques for Uphill and Downhill Travel
- Group Management
- Special Considerations for Winter Travel
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Backcountry Area.
Lowest Instructor to Student Ratio
IMG has always focused on the highest quality experience for its students. With an instructor to student ratio of 1:3 you'll receive the best possible educational opportunity.
Training and Fitness
To learn more about training for this seminar, please read our Training Suggestions for Mt. Rainier.