Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Alpental Backcountry


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Alpental Backcountry

Explore Alpental steeps and backcounty (lift served)

  • M3 Expert Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 15,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft


Alpental Lot 1 -- Exit 52 of I-90, then left 

47.4444648805, -121.42399993

Carpooling in my 4wd van from the Issaquah area is also available.

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

The intent of this outing to provide an opportunity for folks with advanced skiing skill with an opportunity undertake "expert" terrain and develop skills and confidence in navigating more challenging terrain and conditions.

 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 ski patrol opens the backcounty gates -- we will explore the backcounty bowls, but will try to avoid any lines with manditory air time. 

You will need an Alpental back bowls card for this trip.  These are issued by the Summit’s website and must be obtained well in advance of the trip date.

I'll provide some coaching along the way to help you improve your steep skiing confidence. In prior sessions, some folks have found my tips to be helpful.

Even though we will be skiing at a lift served area -- please come equipped for backcountry touring, including avalanche gear, touring bindings and skins. I expect we will make some runs outside the defined runs and skin up a short distance. Also skiing with your pack on lift served runs helps developed proper balance for backcountry skiing.

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


Alpental Ski Area

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (recent 3 antenna digital beacon)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Lift Ticket or Seasons Pass
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