It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Right here’s How one can Begin Safely.
Just an hour from Seattle is Snoqualmie Pass, which is home to several ski areas and an extensive inland ski area. The ski tour after Pineapple passport is a classic for its high quality terrain and beautiful surroundings. From the Alpental ski area car park, drive along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River into the Pineapple Basin. The basin is surrounded by the thousand foot walls of Bryant Peak, Hemlock Peak, and the Tooth. It’s a spectacular landscape.
After the lightening of the Pineapple Pass (the upper part can be wind loaded and avalanche prone) there is a view to the south of the massive profile of Mount Rainier. The landscape is rewarding enough, but another highlight awaits you on the 1,800-meter-long ski run on the way you came. “The ski tour is moderate, but the terrain is spectacular,” said Volken. There are many ways to expand the tour to venture further into this dramatic mountain landscape. Pro Guiding Service offers tours. – DG
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Teton Pass According to Thomas Turiano, author of the Teton Pass Backcountry Guide and the Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier’s Guide: South, this is a good option for beginners to backcountry skiing and horseback riding and accessible as a day trip from Jackson Hole. ”
“Teton Pass has a lot of temperate terrain of 25 degrees or less,” he said. But, he warned, there are usually many trails that go in all directions and a skier shouldn’t assume that they are safe and that they will follow. “You have to be selective. You want to stay on the ridges and out of the ravines and off the steep sides, ”he said.
While the Teton Pass usually has a lot of snow, it doesn’t have enough parking space for the number of users so it fills up quickly. There is talk of a licensing system that could come into force next year.
For corporate guidance, Mr. Turiano recommended Exum Mountain Guides in Moose, the Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole and Teton Backcountry Guides just across the state line in Driggs, Idaho.
Teton Backcountry Guides owns four yurts that are available in winter. The company will rent them to experienced groups without a guide or offer three-day, two-night excursions for all levels of skiing and riding for USD 1,200 per person, including two guides for up to six guests, meals and porters to carry all food. – KS