September 29, 2009 – Snoqualmie Pass

Snoqualmie Pass - View from Summit Central

Snoqualmie Pass - View from Summit Central

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today’s picture is in honor of “first snowfall”. Here in Washington State we’re supposed to get ours in the next day or two (up in the mountains, not 4,000 feet further down here in the city), Colorado got theirs last week, and I heard via my buddy Mike that Killington out in Vermont should be getting a taste too. It’ll be awhile yet before it starts looking anything like this, but the season is on its way!

This is a view from Summit Central, which is one of the four ski areas up at the summit of Snoqualmie Pass. (The others of course being Summit East, Summit West, and Alpental.) This was on a weekday morning after getting I think around 9 or 10 inches the night before. This is, in my mind, one of the best perks of having a season pass to Snoqualmie – getting to run up and get in a few turns before heading in to work. A lot of other folks have the same idea usually, but they all head to Alpental (Which, admittedly, is a much more interesting hill), meaning the wait over there (especially on chair 2) can be just as long as on the weekends. Summit Central, though, is a ghost town, even on primo days. You won’t see more than 1 or 2 other people before 10 am, so you’ve got the whole place to yourself. I may be totally giving away my secret here, but don’t worry, nobody actually reads this stuff. And besides, anybody who DOES read this stuff probably either doesn’t ski, doesn’t ski out here, or doesn’t do Summit Central. So I think I’ll be okay.

This one was, as most of my ski pictures are, taken with a little point and shoot, with a dirty lens at that. I had to do a bit of cleanup with Picasa (mostly adjusting the contrast to clear out some of the fogginess from the sludge and pocket lint on my lens), so the result is a somewhat low quality image. It looks great at this size, but wow, look at it full-size, and the grit comes out. Eesh. It would actually be somewhat interesting to post the original here, so you can see what even just a little bit of touching up can do. Maybe I’ll do that. I of course don’t have the original handy right now, but perhaps I’ll add it later tonight. (I’ll only add it to the original post, at , not to the Facebook post, so if you’re interested, come by later and check it out.)

Sleep well everyone, and have powdery dreams!


UPDATE:  Here’s the original image.  This one’s actually not as dramatically changed as I thought, definitely not as much as a couple of the others from the same day.

Original image - no post-processing

Original image - no post-processing

Notes: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (Point and shoot). 1/800s, f/11.0, ISO 200

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  1. avatar
    Will September 30, 2009

    Where’s the other one?

    • avatar
      Dave October 1, 2009

      Doh! Forgot to get back to that. I’ll put it up tonight I promise.

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