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Snoqualmie Pass Pillow Riding

Amazingly, we have never skied Snoqualmie before this weekend. And to be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if we never ski it in better conditions than this weekend.

Pow was puking down like dandruff at a hippy head banging commune. Sunday was slightly heavy snow early, but lightened up by noon. Monday’s pow was absolutely primo. And both days were deep and deserted. Thank you Seahawks Sunday home game! A foot fell just between 10 and 3pm on Monday on our truck in the parking lot. There was a lot more up top. What truly fabulous skiing.

The riding amped up Sunday when I found the Wildside chair at Summit West. The runs around the back were deep and untracked. Under the lift was pillow riding madness, exploding deep snow on mostly buried trees and boulders. An hour of wild, white room stuff it truly was.

Taking the cat track to Summit Central, I dropped into  Parachute. The line on the left side was totally untracked, At 11am on Sunday. 20 thigh deep turns with face shots all the way down was the reward. The terrain is short, but genuinely steep.

The plan Monday was to hit Alpental, but only Summit Central was open. This turned out to be no problem, as the Silver Fir express chair was running, delivering access to 5 pow-filled chutes and trees. The snow was falling so fast that there simply weren’t enough people riding to track it out. Even lightly. It was amazing skiing all day. Even the green groomer runouts delivered faceshots if you went fast enough!

We wrapped up the day with a couple of great tree runs off the Triple 60 chair. Freefall was literally waist deep by 3pm, and Ripcord, despite it’s slanting fall line, had huge pillows by the trees that were just begging to be smashed. I did my best.

What a truly wonderful 2 days! It snowed up there today and they lost power. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. There’s more snow forecast for tonight. Much more. I may just have to head up. Snoqualmie Pass road conditions permitting!!!

Sunday 5600m vert, Monday 6500m vert

Season Totals 12 days, 87,100m vert, 7 powder days




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