Silver Star Mt.
Fabulous outing and couldn't recommend this route highly enough.
Long drive (when it's still in prime condition and Washington Pass still closed) and bigness of the route probably keep the crowds down, but otherwise you would think this would be packed.
Incredible setting and really neat terrain to ski, from open glacier at the top down to rollers through the larches into the evergreens and even a final open snowfield near the bottom.
Up high you'll think you're somewhere in the Chamonix Aiguilles...sent a photo to a friend, who replied, "remind me where you went again or I'm just going to think that's the Petit Grepon..." The Aiguille du Chardonnet > Wine Spires connection is apt. I skied up and over the Col du Chardonnet on the Haute Route and approaching the Silver Star col is the closest thing to that I've ever experienced in the Cascades in terms of visuals and vibe.
At the top it was a couple inches of new overnight..."dust on crust"...and the last fun skiable section down low was decent corn.
It was one of those days where all the conditions lined up. Other than not having boot crampons, which kept us from going the last few hundred feet to the col proper, the skinning was firm and consistent and the skiing down was good to excellent. We got lucky!
After this outing the ski crampons are definitely going in the bag for every trip. They made the last section we ascended fun instead of barely doable and terrifying.