Necessary? Not really. Fun? Absolutely! With amazing snowfall just about anywhere is better than Mailbox Peak. I got off duty in Bremerton at around 730 today so most of the places I actually wanted to hit up were a little on the late side of time and I opted for the closest place where I knew I could get one glorious run in and enjoy a nice workout in the process. I was not disappointed. Similar to many times this past spring and summer, I started on a trail without snow and made my way up into a glorious alpine tundra. After 4,000 ft of gain, I enjoyed a fun run off of the summit with sharp turns on my splitboard to enjoy the powdery awesomeness. And having said all of this: No. I never have to do this again.