After two years away it’s good to be back in the Cascades! Flew into Seattle last night and less than an hour out I-90 to Summit. I’ll be skiing Alpental today and Sunday, with a day in the Snowqualmie Pass backcountry tomorrow. Maybe even a little night skiing in the mix as Alpental and Summit West spin lifts until 10pm, all on my $65 day ticket. A few shots from the parking lot of the Summit Inn to set the stage.
Summit West just across the parking lot.
Looking West toward Snowqualmie Mountain and the Alpental Valley
I guess someone hasn’t needed their car since the 4+ foot storm (in 36 hours) that shut things down for a couple days a week and a half ago. That’s not going to be fun to dig out.
With a foot last Tuesday night, and a foot plus forecast to fall this afternoon into Sunday it should be great.
Sorry Crystal, I may have found my new favorite PNW haunt. What a cool place Alpental is. Think Platty vibe with a MRG attitude.
Their saying is “Take it to the next level”. Really, it’s an experts dream. I thought Baker skis big for a small place, but Alpental trumps that. In bounds Alpental only has like 300 or 400 acres. However, it’s mostly blacks and double blacks, very little grooming. Every acre is pure playground, steep, rocky and cliffs. Locals today are a little disappointed. “Crispy” “Dust on Crust”. Ha! To me it’s a 9 out of 10 by east coast standards! The forecast snow is mixing with some sleet and rain, but I think it will change back. Heavier than yesterday, but I’m not complaining. Visibility is eh, but that comes with storm skiing!
After playing inbounds most of the morning a run out the high traverse from the Nash gate and it’s 500 acres led to this.....
I found another Bloody better than Cloudspin. It was a good morning, and there’s nobody here..
Yes, I’ve already met Space Dust, although here I feel obligated to go with the Alpental Amber!
Yes, down Trash Can, which navigates a stream bed, there were some deathly drop offs and holes. One had to be 50 feet straight down into some water, and it’s hard to tell those things are there until you are right on top of them.
Alpental’s rep is well earned!
Fortunately while I was having lunch the weather improved....and it nuked all afternoon. I feel a little guilty, Armstrong spins until 10:00, but I’m shot.
Not much of an afternoon for pics, this is all I got.