Alpental Ski Area


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Alpental Backcountry

Explore Alpental steeps and backcounty (lift served)

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  • M3 Mountain 3 Ski
  • Challenging
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft

Alpental Lot 1 -- Exit 52 of I-90, then left   8:45AM

47.4444648805, -121.42399993

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We will use the Alpental lift system and progressively explore more challenging runs. 

You must buy a lift ticket or have a season's pass.

 We will start out on the blue runs on the lower chair, progress to the black runs on the lower chair and then sample the black runs and double black runs on the upper chair.   If conditions are favorable and the backcountry gates are open -- well explore the backcounty bowls.   

If you need an Alpental backcounty card to use the backcountry gates, we will visit ski patrol to obtain one.

I'll provide some coaching along the way to help you improve your steep skiing confidence if you request it.    I can demonstrate and we can practice ski pole self arrest if desired.

Even though we will be skiing at a lift served area -- please come equipped for backcountry touring.   I expect we will make some runs outside the defined runs and may also skin up above.   Also skiing with your pack on lift served runs helps developed proper balance for backcountry skiing.

Note:  A Winter Storm Warning, Extreme Avalanche Forecast from NWAC, Freezing Rain or "Chains Required" on the highway will cancel the trip.   

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Alpental Ski Area

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    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Lift ticket or seasons pass
  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/splitboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon  (two or three antenna digital beacon -- no analog beacons)
  • Avalanche probe

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