Snoqualmie Couloirs - Thomson, Preacher, McClellan
This April has been really making up for a lackluster winter. Over the past two weeks I’ve had a great time checking out some couloirs around Snoqualmie Pass that don’t see too much traffic during the year
On 4/09 a crew of five of us slogged it out to the Preacher Mountain Couloirs. The travel out there wasn’t too bad and even included a few nice ski descents. We went for the looks left couloir first as this one looked to be the more aesthetic of the lines. The couloir never gets very steep but made for a really fun descent. We made it about halfway up the lookers right couloir but waist deep booting, heavy snowfall and an overall less interesting line led to us bailing. This would be a great area to spend a few days in!
On 4/13 I was headed to the pass with the initial plan for a slot lap but after peering up at the North Couloir on McClellan Butte while on i90 we turned around and headed back to exit 38. We scored top to bottom powder on the line and opened the flood gates for at least another half dozen parties to ski the lines in the following two days.
On 4/16 Sam and I skied the North Couloir on Thomson Peak. I had attempted the line in late February but was turned back due to stability concerns. We cut two shallow windslabs in the line but overall it skied nicely and we took it all the way to Burntboot Creek. We debated whether to loop back around and exit the way we came out exit via the Middle Fork where a friend offered to pick us up. We chose to exit via Burntboot and the Middle fork which was somewhat questionable of a decision. The caretaker at Goldmeyer gave us a stern talking to as we trespassed on private land during our exit. I had hoped for an offer to go for a dip…oh well.