Excursions

 

Excursions provides an opportunity to get outside and connect with the local northwest lifestyle, while learning valuable leadership and technical skills. Our trips are designed and led by students, for the WWU campus community.

 

Signups for Winter Quarter Excursions are well on their way! 

Sorry, no online registration available - come to VU 150 to sign up for trips and get more information!

 

 

Sign-Up Deadline: 4pm the day of the Pre-Trip meeting or 2 days prior to the event date.

 

Refund Policy: Refunds must be completed by 4pm the day of Pre-trip meeting, and have the original receipt. Any cancellation after the pre-trip meeting may not see a refund in payment.   

 

Community Events - TBA!

 

 

Backcountry Ski (difficulty 2)

Cost: $60.00 (Guest: $60.00)

Time: All day

Dates: December 08, 2018

Participant Provides: Skis

Pre-trip meeting: Dec. 5, 2018, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 6 / 9

Dead week got you down? Come out with us to explore some wintery landscapes on this early season adventure! This will be a day filled with romping in the snow and breathing in that fresh mountain air! This trip is designed for those who have some previous experience skiing.

FREE: Weekly Yoga (MTWTh) (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 4-5pm

Dates: January 09, 2019 through March 14, 2019

Participant Provides: Yoga mat

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Breathe in. Breathe out. Join us every Monday through Thursday in VU464 at 4pm for a chance to relax and get your stretch on! No experience or registration necessary. Sessions will not be held 1/21 and 2/18. Sessions on 1/9 and 1/10 will be held in VU 565.

FREE: Adventure Book Share (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 3-4pm

Dates: January 18, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Winter weather got you down? Come get inspired for next season’s adventures and meet other outdoorsy folk! Join us every 3rd Friday of Winter Quarter for different events – see you there! No registration necessary. This relaxed hangout will feature favorite adventure books from our staff and the opportunity to share some of your own. We want to know: what keeps you motivated in the offseason? Meet in Humanities 102 @ 3pm.

Intro to Ice Climbing (difficulty 2)

Cost: $285.00 (Guest: $285.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: January 19, 2019 through January 21, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, ice climbing gear, dinners

Participant Provides: Warm layers, breakfasts, lunches, and snacks

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 17, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

The snow is falling and the Canadian ice walls are calling! Jump in the van and join us up in the Great White North as we travel to Canada for a weekend of ice climbing. No prior climbing experience necessary; this course will cover top rope basics in beautiful Lillooet B.C. The Outdoor Center’s Ice Climbing Trip is a classic annual that you won’t want to miss out on! PASSPORT is REQUIRED! Pre-trip meeting 1/17 @ 5pm in VU 462A.

Cross Country Ski (difficulty 1)

Cost: $60.00 (Guest: $60.00)

Time: All day

Dates: January 19, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides

Participant Provides: Cross country skis, cross country ski boots, poles, warm layers, lunch and snacks

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 17, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 5 / 9

Step - step - glide… come get nordic with the Outdoor Center this winter! We’ll be headed out to explore either the local trails at Salmon Ridge Sno-Park or the Stevens Pass Nordic Center. If you’ve never skied before or have experience, this trip is for everyone! Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, January 17th @ 5pm in VU 460.

Intro to Snow Caving (difficulty 1)

Cost: $80.00 (Guest: $80.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: January 26, 2019 through January 27, 2019

OC Provides: Group gear, shovels/beacons/probes, snowshoes, dinner

Participant Provides: Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, warm layers, breakfast and lunches

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 24, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

Camping in the cold? Snow way! Learn what you need to know to build a snow cave and safely go camping in the mountains during the winter. This yearly adventure up to the Mount Baker Wilderness Area is one of the most popular overnight trips that the OC offers and is a great chance to get outside and make some new friends! Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, January 24th @ 5pm in VU 460.

FREE: Ski Waxing Clinic (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 4-5pm

Dates: January 28, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Meet up with the knowledgeable staff at the Outdoor Center on Mondays at 4pm for free clinics regarding outdoor recreation. No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn! Meet in the Outdoor Center - VU 150.

Heather Meadows Snowshoe (difficulty 1)

Cost: $45.00 (Guest: $45.00)

Time: All day

Dates: February 02, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, snowshoe

Participant Provides: Sturdy shoes, warm layers, lunch and snacks

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 31, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

Miss summer hiking in the Mt. Baker backcountry? Come give snowshoeing a try! This trip is designed for all skill and comfort levels. We’ll be headed into the Heather Meadows backcountry area to play in the snow and see the beautiful winter scenery while learning the basics of traveling on snowshoes. Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, January 31st @ 5pm in VU 460.

Beginning Ski and Snowboard (difficulty 1)

Cost: $70.00 (Guest: $70.00)

Time: All day

Dates: February 02, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, ski/snowboard rental, lift ticket

Participant Provides: Warm layers, lunch and snacks

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

This winter program is designed for anyone in the WWU campus community that wants to learn how to ski or snowboard! Cost includes transportation and Mount Baker’s Best for Beginners Package (ski/snowboard rentals, lift ticket, and a 1.5 hour lesson). No pre-trip meeting.

Ski and Camp at Artist Point (difficulty 2)

Cost: $80.00 (Guest: $80.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: February 09, 2019 through February 10, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, group gear, dinner

Participant Provides: Backcountry touring setup, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, warm layers, breakfast and lunches

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 7, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 6 / 9

How often do you go backcountry skiing AND snow camping? Journey with us into the Mt. Baker backcountry to experience the magic of winter! Meet some new friends and learn the basics of snow camping all while getting in some laps outside of the resort! Previous skiing experience required. Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, February 7th @ 5pm in VU 460.

FREE: Big Boat Sailing (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 10am

Dates: February 10, 2019

OC Provides: Sailboat, crew, lifejacket, wetsuit

Spots Taken: 1 / 12

Come view scenic Lake Whatcom from the decks of Lakewood's fantastic sailboats. Make sure to dress warmly! Hot chocolate and good conversation will be provided. No experience necessary, Lakewood’s sailing crew will guide this adventure! Must register at the Outdoor Center prior to event.

FREE: Bike Maintenance Clinic (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 4-5pm

Dates: February 11, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Meet up with the knowledgeable staff at the Outdoor Center on Mondays at 4pm for free clinics regarding outdoor recreation. No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn! Meet in the Outdoor Center - VU 150.

FREE: Arboretum Hike (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 3pm

Dates: February 15, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Winter weather got you down? Come get inspired for next season’s adventures and meet other outdoorsy folk! Join us every 3rd Friday of Winter Quarter for different events – see you there! No registration necessary. How often do you really notice the natural beauty that surrounds you? Turn off autopilot and come explore the forest right on campus! Rain or shine, this is the perfect way to recharge in the middle of the quarter. Meeting location: Red Square – look for our table!

WOMXN Backcountry Ski/Splitboard (difficulty 2)

Cost: $170.00 (Guest: $170.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: February 16, 2019 through February 18, 2019

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 13, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 3 / 9

This all-female identifying backcountry ski weekend is a safe, inclusive, and empowering opportunity for WWU’s WOMXN community to get outside and shred! Ski all day and hang out at night in a cozy winter cabin down in Stevens Pass. This trip is designed for those who have proficient ski experience (ability to ski black diamond level) and are eager to explore the backcountry. (No backcountry experience required). Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, February 13th @ 5pm in VU 460.

Snowshoe to Hot Springs (difficulty 1)

Cost: $65.00 (Guest: $65.00)

Time: All day

Dates: February 23, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, snowshoe

Participant Provides: Warm layers, sturdy shoes, lunch and snacks

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 21, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

Got a hectic schedule? Take a break! Come explore the wintery wonderland around Stevens Pass as we snowshoe up to Scenic Hot Springs. We’ll spend the day frolicking in the snow and earn our reward of soaking in the natural hot tubs! Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, February 21st @ 5pm in VU 462A.

International Buddies Snowshoe (difficulty 1)

Cost: $16.00 (Guest: $16.00)

Time: 8am-4pm

Dates: February 24, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, snowshoe

Participant Provides: Sturdy shoes, warm layers, lunch and snacks

Spots Taken: 11 / 11

FREE: Backcountry Cooking Clinic (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 4-5pm

Dates: February 25, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Meet up with the knowledgeable staff at the Outdoor Center on Mondays at 4pm for free clinics regarding outdoor recreation. No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn! Meet in Red Square - look for our table!

Beginning Ski and Snowboard (difficulty 1)

Cost: $70.00 (Guest: $70.00)

Time: All day

Dates: March 02, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, ski/snowboard rental, lift ticket

Participant Provides: Warm layers, lunch and snacks

Spots Taken: 9 / 9

This winter program is designed for anyone in the WWU campus community that wants to learn how to ski or snowboard! Cost includes transportation and Mount Baker’s Best for Beginners Package (ski/snowboard rentals, lift ticket, and a 1.5 hour lesson). No pre-trip meeting.

Backcountry Ski and Splitboard (difficulty 2)

Cost: $60.00 (Guest: $60.00)

Time: All day

Dates: March 03, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides

Participant Provides: Backcountry touring setup, lunch and snacks, warm layers

Spots Taken: 4 / 9

Tired of skiing resorts? Wanting to see more of the mountains? This trip is designed for those who have proficient skiing or splitboarding experience and are eager to explore the backcountry! Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, February 28th @ 5pm in VU 460.

FREE: Big Boat Sailing (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 10am

Dates: March 03, 2019

OC Provides: Sailboat, crew, lifejacket, wetsuit

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Come view scenic Lake Whatcom from the decks of Lakewood's fantastic sailboats. Make sure to dress warmly! Hot chocolate and good conversation will be provided. No experience necessary, Lakewood’s sailing crew will guide this adventure! Must register at the Outdoor Center prior to event.

FREE: Interurban Bike (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 3pm

Dates: March 15, 2019

Participant Provides: Bike (any type), helmet

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Winter weather got you down? Come get inspired for next season’s adventures and meet other outdoorsy folk! Join us every 3rd Friday of Winter Quarter for different events – see you there! No registration necessary. Bring your bike and maybe your kite! Let’s ride down to Boulevard and embrace the day – no thoughts, no worries; it’s the weekend, hooray! Meeting location: in front of the Outdoor Center (VU 150).

Spring Break Olympic Coast Backpacking (difficulty 1)

Cost: $450.00 (Guest: $450.00)

Time: All Break

Dates: March 23, 2019 through March 29, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, guides, group gear, dinners

Participant Provides: Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, warm layers, breakfast and lunches

Spots Taken: 1 / 9

Spring break plans up in the air? Never had a chance to participate in WOOT? Come join us for a week-long backpacking trip exploring the magic of the Olympic Coast. This will be a memorable adventure meandering through forests, admiring tide pools, and building friendships under the stars and around a campfire. All skills levels welcome! Pre-trip meeting/introductory activities will be on campus Saturday, March 23rd, and then we'll head off into the woods on the 24th!