Posts Tagged: Alpental

July 20, 2011 – Chair Peak from International Bowl

Chair Peak from International Bowl

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I know, I know, another winter picture. Hey, it’s what I had handy. This is a view from in-bounds at Alpental (a ski area near Seattle), looking into the backcounty. That’s chair peak, and I was standing in International Bowl when I took the shot. I know I’ve said this before, but this is, more often than not, the kind of weather we get at our ski resorts. Lots of great snow, just not a whole lot of blue sky. Sometimes you’re skiing in the fog, sometimes the fog lifts a bit, but it’s generally pretty grey.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/13.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 50mm.

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November 15, 2010 – Alpental

Alpental

Alpental

Monday, November 15, 2010

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Hey everyone! Been a few days, hasn’t it? This time it wasn’t because I went anywhere, this time it’s just because I’ve been a bit lazy. I’m taking a little bit of a break from this “posting a picture every day-ish” thing. Not like, a total break, just a “I’m going to post a little bit less frequently until I feel like posting more frequently” kind of thing. Just not really feeling the motivation at the moment, ya know?

Today’s picture is actually one of my favorites. I know what you’re thinking: “seriously?? THIS one? One of your favorites??”. And in answer to that I say “Yes. Shut up.” With emphasis on the second part. Because I am rude.

So I’ve mentioned it several times, and you may have heard (but probably either didn’t or didn’t care when you did) that it’s going to be a La Nina year, and we here in the PNW will be doing happy dances in our bounties of snow all winter. And that’s all true! But, before you get too jealous, keep in mind that this ain’t Utah. We don’t get sun here. Ohhhh no, not in my neighborhood. This is what skiing looks like out here. Great snow, plenty of it, but you only realize how deep it is when you have to dig yourself out of it because you couldn’t see where you were going through the fog. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love it, but that’s just the way it is. So, every time you hear me excitedly recounting how much snow we got dumped on us this winter, get jealous. But then, remember this picture, and then get a little bit less jealous.

Speaking of this picture, this was taken in International Bowl, near the top of Alpental. Alpental is part of the Summit At Snoqualmie, which is a collection of 4 ski hills about an hour east of Seattle. It’s the most accessible place to get some turns around here, but it’s also the least exciting. But, they’re open late (10pm), so it’s great for heading up after work or whatever. Good times.

So, see you all tomorrow, or on whatever day I next decide to bother!

Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/320s, f/7.1.

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July 1, 2009 – Chair Peak from Alpental

Chair Peak seen from Alpental Ski Area

Chair Peak seen from Alpental Ski Area

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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This is a view of Chair Peak, seen from near the top of chair 2 at Alpental, a little ski area near Seattle. This was (obviously) on a nice bright sunny day, which is actually pretty rare for the Pacific Northwest in the winter. Our skiing is fantastic, and we get tons of snow, but the downside to having more snowy days than not is that you rarely get to see the sun on the slopes. So when it comes out, you’ve got to jump on it.

Most of the terrain you’re looking at is accessible for backcountry skiing if you’re so inclined. In fact, if you look closely, you can see a group of folks traversing that big bowl to find the right line.

I’m running out of things to say here. The lower half of Alpental is open for night skiing until 10 pm. So it’s fun to head up there after work to get in some turns. Uhhmm… Yeah, that’s it for today.

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Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/400s, f/9.0.

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