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Must-Do Trip: Ski Mount Rainier, Washington

Ultimate Adventure Bucket List: Big-mountain skier Chris Davenport's dream trip is ski Mount Rainier, Washington. See all our Adventure Bucket List trips.

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Skier Chris Davenport navigates back to high camp from Mount Rainier's 14,410-foot summit.

Few other mountains in the United States inspire the same lust among beginner ski mountaineers as Rainier. Its crevasse-riddled glaciers, steep snowbound slopes, and 14,411-foot altitude offer plenty of challenge, yet it’s easy to access and thus an obvious proving ground.

“I always recommend a ski descent of Mount Rainier to all my ski clients and fans who ask,” says Chris Davenport. “Rainier is one of North America's most amazing ski mountaineering peaks, with so many possibilities it would be hard to ski them all in a lifetime.”

RMI Expeditions offers ski mountaineering courses on Mount Rainier that introduce proficient skiers to techniques like cramponing and rope travel on steep slopes, couloirs, and cliffs. The best part, of course, is carving wide S turns down slopes most Washington residents only see from far below.

RMI Expeditions’ five-day introductory ski mountaineering courses cost $1,298.

Next: See Chris Davenport's Dream Trip: Ski South Georgia Island


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