Review: Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas

Local Gunnison / Crested Butte skier and Fort Lewis alum Andy Sovick has released a third Off-Piste Ski Atlas! This one centers on the excellent backcountry skiing surrounding Snoqualmie Pass in Washington. Authored by Matt Schonwald, guide and founder of BC Adventure Guides, this particular Off-Piste Ski Atlas stands a little prouder than the other two editions.
Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas

The previously released Silverton and Crested Butte editions of the Off-Piste provide a bit more of an introduction to each of their respective areas. But, this Snoqualmie edition is more than that, featuring 80 routes that span from low-angle trees to 60-degree chutes that require a rappel. This guidebook fits the gamut of every kind of backcountry skier.

I must confess, I have never skied at or near Snoqualmie Pass – which is just a little over an hour outside of Seattle. But, skiing on Snoqualmie is no secret. Home to four ski areas, Snoqualmie is a skiing destination. And I’ve heard for years that Alpental is the best for those seeking steeper and more challenging terrain. In fact, skiing here has been on my bucket list. And now this guidebook makes me more inclined to take a trip there.

Each version or edition of the Off-Piste Ski Atlas that is released gets just a little better. The intention of these guidebooks is not to hold your hand through every little part of the tour, but rather to give you the minimal information you need for a safe tour – like where to start, where to finish, a brief description of where you’ll find the skin track, and a few other tips and tricks. Descriptions are brief, but the guidebook is highly visual, providing photographs of each of the routes. Here’s one example:
Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas

Unlike many other standard guidebooks, the Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas provides an avalanche terrain exposure scale so skiers can make wise decisions based on the conditions for the day. This guidebook also provides aspect and slope information in graphic form, as well as a host of other information signified with other icons.
Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas

It even has a full list of routes at the very end.

Similar to the Crested Butte and Silverton editions, the Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas is lightweight, compact, and relatively durable. It fits well into your pack. Even if you live in Colorado, you’ll find yourself wanting to check out the steep terrain and largely stable coastal snowpack that Snoqualmie Pass has to offer!

The Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas can be found in our store beginning Monday: buy from our store
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Brittany Walker Konsella

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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

2 thoughts on “Review: Snoqualmie Pass, Washington Off-Piste Ski Atlas

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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    From Seattle before moving to CB… Alpental is a small ski resort, but just as serious area when compared to CBMR. Chair 2 has warning signs… But many more hundreds acres of uncontrolled side country (all the way to near Chair Peak).

    At 5K+ elevation, you can get yourself in great skiing here. Highly recommended resort to be sure. Central, Hyak, etc. (the lower areas about a mile to the east but off the same exit) are tame in comparison. But as in all skiing, any skiing is good skiing!

    The BC opportunities off the same exit are incredible…. the Slot, Chair Peak, and on and on… there is a good guide by a renowned Swiss Guide, Martin Volken, that covers all of this BTW.

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    Thanks Tony!

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