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  • #580098
    Brian_Hoad
    12 Posts

    My wife and I are looking to leave sunny San Diego and get more into the mountain scene. We are tired of the 8-10 hour drives multiple times a month just to be in some decent snow. As of right now, it looks like Seattle has a good chance to be our new home. Anybody have any split experience in the area? We are really hoping to settle north of town, towards the mountains. Believe it or not, this has a huge impact on where we will move!

    #677230
    Jefe009
    675 Posts

    Nice, I sooooo believe it. My wife and I lived in SD for 5 years before moving to Portland, then we moved temporarily to Seattle. Love it here, lots of good stuff to tour around here. I end up driving up to 6 hours sometimes to split, but that’s if I’m heading to Adams or Central OR or something. Lots of stuff within 1-2 hours of Seattle.

    What’s really nice about living here as a splitter is the great variety of terrain. There’s easy pow laps, big ass volcanoes and everything in between.

    PNW all day all the way!

    www.splitlife.net

    #677231
    Splitinbend
    242 Posts

    I left San Clemente 4years ago with my wife. We live in Bend, Or now. I split regularly throughout the winter. Are you looking for close proximity to resorts and hiking terrain? Or just mountains to hike and shred?

    #677232
    Brian_Hoad
    12 Posts

    A little bit of both I guess. I think it would be nice to be close to some zones that might be accessible for a couple hours after work kind of thing. Im aiming more towards north Seattle, but we will see with in the next couple days. We will be spending some time checking out the area.

    #677233
    JNK
    77 Posts

    I live in Seattle (right in the middle of the city, Greenlake) and have been splitting around here for about 5 years. There’s plenty of good splitting as close as (early season) Snoqualmie Resort (one of the bases is closed until well into the winter) that’s 45 minutes away door-to-door. About one minute away is the Alpental Resort (part of Snoqualmie Resort) backcountry. That can get a little crowded with people, though. But, you’ll meet a ton of ski and board tourers. There’s lots of great options around Mt Rainier and that’s 1.5-2 hours away. Up north towards Mt Baker is great, too, and also only 2 hours away. You can even split at Crystal Mountain Resort through the resort into the area backcountry. Obviously, there’s countless places to go around here. It just depends on how far you want to drive.
    I will say, though, and hopefully this will open up some like-minded people to me, it is NOT easy for me to meet splitboarders/skiers that just like to find powder even if it’s low-angle and mostly just want to take it easy(er). I seem to meet up with guys who want to break out full climbing gear and just want to summit a peak as fast as possible. And the way down is just an afterthought. I’ll specifically post on a forum that i’m looking to take an “easy day lapping the deep stuff.” I’ve heard from a few people before, though, that the Seattle area somehow breeds one-uppers in the backcountry. That being said, i’m hoping that this year will be different for me. It’s always still fun!
    I’m always down for splitting if you are looking for partners!

    #677234
    Brian_Hoad
    12 Posts

    JNK- Thats what I like to hear! I love all the options Im starting to find out about around here. As for as splitting and touring, Im always happy no matter what Im doing in the snow. I think too many people have been watching Jeremy Jones movies (Deeper, Further, and now Higher) and now feel like they have to be “super gnar” with their splitting!

    #677235
    pmoore
    8 Posts

    I live in Seattle as well (Ballard), and JNK sums it up quite nicely. I would add that there really are some beautiful, “world-class” backcountry tours in the North Cascades (i.e., the Forbidden Traverse), that are worth checking out. Martin Volken, and the folks from Pro Guiding Service put out a very nice guide to backcountry skiing/snowboarding routes in Washington … it is worth getting!
    And unlike all these folks from Colorado that drive up to 13,000 feet to climb a 14-er, in the Puget Sound area, we actually have to put effort into it 😛
    – Colorado friends, I was kidding –
    JNK also touched upon something that is worth noting, and that is my impression that Seattle is a socially odd place; folks here are friendly, but non-committal, so finding partners (for anything) is problematic.
    With that said, if there are folks in the Seattle area that are up for it, let’s get going.
    -Patrick

    #677236
    Swampbuster
    124 Posts

    Brian_Hoad, come to Seattle! You won’t regret it (provided you don’t mind cloudy skies for the majority of the year). The Cascades are amazing. I think the touring options here are endless. We have everything from chill, low-angle stuff to pucker-inducing lines. The northwest seems to breed hard-core climbers, boarders, skiers, etc., which is awesome, but I don’t think you’ll have a problem finding folks that like the mellower stuff.

    Jefe009, pmoore, and JNK nailed it. Let’s get together and get some turns in this season!

    #677237
    JNK
    77 Posts

    Agreed!

    #677238
    pmoore
    8 Posts

    Yes, agreed!

    #677239
    pmoore
    8 Posts

    Brian_Hoad, another resource to get you familiar with the terrain is:

    http://www.alpenglow.org/

    It is written from a ski-tourer’s perspective, but good places, written up, to check out.

    -Patrick

    #677240
    Brian_Hoad
    12 Posts

    Thank you to everybody who gave me some insight on the Seattle split boarding scene, but it looks like the area is not for us. We enjoyed out time visiting but our hearts are sending us to Denver, Colorado!

    #677241
    JNK
    77 Posts

    Have fun with the weekend traffic!

    kidding, but not. 😉

    #677242
    splitboardrob
    1 Posts

    @swampbuster wrote:

    Brian_Hoad, come to Seattle! You won’t regret it (provided you don’t mind cloudy skies for the majority of the year). The Cascades are amazing. I think the touring options here are endless. We have everything from chill, low-angle stuff to pucker-inducing lines. The northwest seems to breed hard-core climbers, boarders, skiers, etc., which is awesome, but I don’t think you’ll have a problem finding folks that like the mellower stuff.

    Jefe009, pmoore, and JNK nailed it. Let’s get together and get some turns in this season!

    Hey Fellas,

    I stumbled across this thread and thought that I would throw out an invitation as well. I’ve been splitting for 5 years and while I have been on some intense tours, it is nice to get in multiple laps on the low-angle goods. If y’all are down with getting a group together, I’d love to join in!

    -Rob

    #677243
    JNK
    77 Posts

    Yep. Let’s get some snow sooner than later!

    #677244
    wrath
    8 Posts

    Hola, up in the Ham and a split noob. Got my cherry popped and ass kicked by Ale and Killz this past March around Stevens. Anyway rather geezerily, up for up for some mellow Bakes laps to get in shape and get the skills improved.

    #677245
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    You picked Ale as a cherry popper!….ooooof…yeah, choosing a guy that’s a full bore ski bum…He gets out a couple two – tree days a year. You had your work cut out for you.

    The one day I went out with Ale, Spicolli, and TEX was a full 5mile trek before we even started climbing….good dudes to roll with for sure!

    #677246
    saign
    330 Posts

    @splitrippin wrote:

    You picked Ale as a cherry popper!….ooooof…yeah, choosing a guy that’s a full bore ski bum…He gets out a couple two – tree days a year. You had your work cut out for you.

    The one day I went out with Ale, Spicolli, and TEX was a full 5mile trek before we even started climbing….good dudes to roll with for sure!

    Only 5 miles….musta been warm up run

    #776271
    JNK
    77 Posts

    Bump for the WA splitters to get hungry. Snow is starting to arrive!

    #776731
    spicoli11
    288 Posts

    Ive snowboarded in seattle but never splitboarded. I know of a couple sick first decents

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