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 Ski Traverse with IMG
Come join us for an unforgettable ski and mountain experience. It is not an exaggeration to say that Mt. Rainier offers some of the world's finest ski mountaineering terrain. You will be skiing over a varied landscape including glaciers, chutes, long ascents and descents. This program makes a south to north ski traverse of Mt. Rainier at altitudes ranging from 5,000' up to 10,000' and back down again. During the five days we climb up to Camp Muir at 10,000'; cross the Ingraham and Emmons Glaciers to Camp Schurman at 9,600' and finally around to the Carbon Glacier with a descent along the glacier moraine down to the toe of the Carbon Glacier at 4,000'. We will ski as far as possible then hike the remaining distance out to the Carbon River entrance to the Park in this five-day continuous push.
The Ski Mountaineering Traverse is designed for people with solid intermediate backcountry skiing and boarding skills. If you have concerns about your skiing ability or are looking for additional training you will want to join our ski mountaineering training program at Crystal Mountain in advance of the program. Most importantly you must be comfortable skiing with a multi-day pack for 6 to 8 hours a day under very rigorous conditions and in potentially inclement weather.
Why Choose This Program?
This program is designed specifically for the intermediate or better alpine and backcountry skier or boarder who wants an incredible adventure traversing the length of Mt. Rainier's glaciated mountain terrain.
IMG is accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association. The leader of this program will be chosen from among our top ski guides with a solid history on Mt. Rainier. You can count on the very best of ski guiding and instruction from our internationally renowned staff of guides. We employ a light and efficient philosophy for climbing on this program. We will pack and prepare at the start of the program to make sure the team is traveling as light and efficiently as possible in order to maximize enjoyment of the entire journey.
Training and Skiing Ability
The Ski Mountaineering Seminar is designed for people with strong intermediate/advanced backcountry touring and splitboard skills. The goal is to ski the best sections of the route, but sometimes you have to ski through less than perfect snow to get there. Ski mountaineering on Mt. Rainier is a serious endeavor and one that demands good physical fitness. Mt. Rainier is the most imposing glaciated peak in the lower 48 States and has long been a premier training ground for climbs such as Denali, Aconcagua and the Himalayas. To learn more about training for this trip, please read our suggestions on the Rainier FAQ page as well as Training Suggestions for Mt. Rainier.
All participants must have excellent physical fitness and strong intermediate to advanced backcountry skiing ability in varied snow conditions.