Mt Snoqualmie Triple
Early ups on Saturday led to a beautiful sunrise on the southern slopes of Mount Snoqualmie. We had the lovely opportunity to cut a fresh track up the upper half of the mountain. Started the day with the Crooked, then had wonderful luck with the rap for the Snot being rigged with a 60m. Our 30m would have been less useful. Next time I think we should ski into it as the rap was novel but did not seem entirely necessary if you choose the right entrance. Finally, we ambled back up to the top for a final lap down the slot. Could not have timed our day any better.
In terms of stability, we had a few wind skins on the convexities above the choke on crooked rip variably at 4-8" depth. Enough to take you off your feet if not skiing conservatively. Slot had a big pile of loose snow at the bottom and I spoke to the individual, whose rope we used on Crooked. When he set foot in the couloir the top 4"ish ripped. Conditions were more exciting than hoped for, but manageable.
An aside as well as a cautionary tale: we had a group of 4, who appeared to have been a guided group, drop in on us while we were doing the final kick turn before the boot out of Thunder. I was really frustrated as it posed a significant risk to our day, to have a group of four folks hacking their way down the exit with nowhere for us to go. I guess this is a call out, please make good choices and be patient if there are people below you. If you are going to be exiting the thunder drainage be smart and ski cut or drop part of cornice BEFORE going onto the upper mountain. Even though we had chosen to drop a few sizable chunks of cornice into the drainage first thing to give us confidence in our decision to exit via Thunder, adding objective hazard to someone's day is not nice.
Be safe, friends.
*If you are still reading, and want to access the trees on the northern slopes below the slot, there are multiple entrances skiers left of the Thunder exit, please consider using one of these as to preserve a safe passage for uphill travel.
Video and two photos from the day: