telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
11/23/17, 04:49 AM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Second Ascent
Second Ascent
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2015 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  December 2015 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  December 12, 2015, Alpental
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: December 12, 2015, Alpental  (Read 1847 times)
Pete A
Member
Offline

Posts: 835


WWW
December 12, 2015, Alpental
« on: 12/13/15, 05:27 AM »

I suppose a trip report from Alpy is of limited use as Saturday was the last day for touring in the in-bounds area, but maybe this will be helpful for adjacent terrain.

We ran into 'Gib' at the base area and had a nice chat- he told us that starting Sunday, the resort would be closed to up-hill traffic so the resort could start getting ready to open.   Felt lucky we could squeak in one day of touring Alpy before the season starts.

Coverage on the lower half of Armstrong Express is marginal, fortunately they'd groomed under Sessel so the ski down was fine over there.   Above Armstrong, coverage was much better.   Did a lap skiers-right of Chair 2.  The pits we dug showed a good bond between the 12" of newish sitting on the rain-saturated old snow-  I think the rain pretty much destroyed any persistent weak layer around there.   

By noon, the snowfall was just starting to pick up and we decided to save our legs for another touring day today, so we skied down from the top via Upper International.   Fantastic coverage- soft snow and just a few tracks from the day before.   Lower 'Nash was not as good though- many a rock was discovered lurking just below the surface.

Wonderful to be touring at Snoqualmie Pass again!








Logged
swartzie
5Member
Offline

Posts: 10


Re: December 12, 2015, Alpental
« Reply #1 on: 12/14/15, 11:52 AM »

I was up there on Saturday as well, started up around 1pm and the snow was quickly piling up!

How do you know about up-hill being closed, is there an information page regarding that? Sorry, new to the PNW last year and as everyone knows, there wasn't much in the way of action with the dismal snowfall.

Thanks!
Logged
Pete A
Member
Offline

Posts: 835


WWW
Re: December 12, 2015, Alpental
« Reply #2 on: 12/14/15, 12:36 PM »

just a coincidence that Alpy employee and TAY poster 'Gib' was outside the lodge as we scooted by Saturday morning and he told us the news.   

For the past few seasons, right before Alpental gets ready to open, he posts on TAY giving everyone a heads up that the resort is closing to uphill traffic.  This year his announcement, posted Saturday morning, was in a thread previously started about uphill traffic at Snoqualmie, found here:
http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=35025.0

Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.