Flett Glacier Summer Ski Tour is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ashford, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.
Summer skiing at its best on the Northwest face of Mt. Rainier. The Flett Glacier and it adjoining snowfields hold the snow very late into the summer allowing for an excellent overnight tour on those balmy summer days when your skis are itching to make some turns. The Flett Glacier rests on the NW side of Mt. Rainier. Because of its aspect, it receives very little direct sunlight much of the year allowing for deep snowpack late into the summer as well as minimal sun cup development on the slopes around this snowfield area. It lies adjacent to the massive Russell Glacier, which can also be skied as part of this tour but does have open crevasses in the summer so skiing there is not part of this guide. The tour is best done as an overnight trip, hiking in the first day, take in some runs in the afternoon, then climb and ski more the second day. There is just enough terrain to ski to fill both half-days on the snow. The sunsets here are spectacular.