Alpental is the Perfect Place to Play Hooky

Walking across the bridge leading to Alpental.
The cliffs of Alpental from the base area.

Day 17: Feb. 2, 2016

  • Alpental
  • Vertical for the day: 20,000
  • Year total: 268,000

Is there any better feeling than playing hooky? I don’t think so.

Day 17 of the SkiZer season was a playing-hooky day. Here’s how it went down:

It was mid-morning, and I was sitting at my desk in Seattle. The sun was shining (a rare thing) and I kept looking outside. Thoughts of being in the mountains on a beautiful day wouldn’t leave my mind.

“No, you must work!” Responsible SkiZer said sternly.

“But you could go for a half-day and get your work done later!” Fun-Loving SkiZer countered.

Well-played, Fun-Loving SkiZer.

I bolted out of Seattle at 11:30 a.m. and headed straight to Alpental. One hour later, I was walking across the wooden bridge to the Alpental lodge. You have to love that kind of access.

It was so worth it. The snow was soft from our weekend storms, the sun was out and no one was there.

Alpental map
Click to expand.

I spent most of the day on Chair 2 (Edelweiss) at the top of the ski area. I found pockets of untracked snow all over and did five quick laps, then headed for an always-thrilling drop down International.

As the afternoon progressed, I hit my favorites again and again until Chair 2 closed at 3:30. I finished on the lower mountain, and even that was fun. The groomers were fast and fun and powder stashes were still waiting to be discovered.

By 4:30, I was driving home, headed back to work, but with a great attitude.

A skier rides Chair 2 at Alpental.
Skiers cut through the cliff area on Rollen on Chair 2.




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