Originally Posted by Posaune
But Atomicman will tell you that it's too low, not enough vertical, too far from Seattle, and that I'm nuts to even mention it in the same thread as Crystal Mt.
Exactly, no one in their right mind is going to drive 3+ hours one way when they have 2 days here to Baker. I would just keep on going North and hit Whistler instead!!!!
i never said Alpental wasn't steep in places. but be honest now (And I have skied Alpental since about 1967) be it is extremley limited terrain and normally much warmer and wetter then Stevens or Crystal. It is pretty much a one run pony! maybe 2 if you count Debbie's Gold.(Base is at 3200 Ft. top at about 5400'. it has 302 skiable acres. (not including non-patrolled/controlled back country).
just the area served by the new Northway chair at Crystal is 1,000 acres alone. Crystal is 2600 acres not including the Southback which is patrolled and controlled!
Upper & Lower Extermintor, Upper Bull, Left Angle, O-meadows, Powder Bowl, Campbell Basin, the doors, Memorial Forest, Northway Bowl, Grubstake, sunnyside, Bear Pits, Niagras, Teddy Bear chutes, Snorting Elk Bowl, Penny Dawg's Cliffs, Glory days, Brand-X, Pucker's gulch and i have not even gotten to Southback Like Brain Damage and Pinball!
if you had a week or two here, OK go roam around and (But honestly, i would just stick to Crystal then too) see some other local areas.
But with 2 days only, why not ski 2600 Acres, 2600+ vertical base at 4450 Ft. Top at 7K + and 2 high speed detachable 6-packs, 2 high speed Det quads, 1 High speed fixed double (2.5 mile run) One fixed triple, and 4 fixed doubles. 3 lodges and an absolutely amazing view of Mt. Rainier if weather cooperates!http://www.nwsource.com/outdoors/scr...ports&id=10095