Located just an hour east of Seattle, in the heart of the Cascade Range, Alpental is the ideal destination for a backcountry ski touring adventure.
Alpental is tucked into a valley that runs northwest from Snoqualmie Pass. The valley is bordered to the west by Denny Mountain, the Tooth, Bryant Peak, and Chair Peak. Snoqualmie Peak sits on the northeast side of the valley.
Anyone of these peaks makes for the perfect backcountry skiing destination. Here, the views are incredible and the powder is even better. While the area is widely considered a great place for first-time backcountry skiers, there are plenty of great challenges for intermediate and advanced-level off-piste skiers as well.
During the winter, the average daily temperatures in Alpental hover just below freezing. Winter is also the time of year with the most precipitation. Expect between 100 and 175 centimeters of snow per month, perfect for backcountry skiing.
The best way to get to Alpental is to fly into the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From here, Alpental is just a one hour drive away along I-90.
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