FINALLY! I am thrilled to begin splitboarding this summer and look forward to carrying it into next winter. For those of you who are unaware, a splitboard is exactly what it sounds like. It is a snowboard that is cut in half down the middle and essentially then turns into skis. You then use these skis to climb uphill when combined with super grippy nylon skins that you stick to the base of your skis/board. In the summer a splitboard can be used to get some great turns at higher elevations while everyone else is out doing summery stuff. Whereas in the winters, a splitboard is used to earn some deep powder turns. Either way, you're able to conveniently explore some different terrain besides the local ski area.
Recently I headed up to Snoqualmie Pass for a quick afternoon tour of Silver Peak (elev. 5605 ft.)
Silver Peak rests directly behind the main ski areas at Snoqualmie. The peak itself can be seen as you drive west down from the pass.
At the top the view of a still frozen Annette Lake is gorgeous at this time of year.
This is the true summit of Silver Peak, not very rideable from the peak but just below it are a few great drop points and even a few nice chutes seen in the middle left of this photo.
Toward the base of Silver is a meadow which you can meander through on your way to the top. In this photo you can the extreme avalanche hazard of a mountain that is Granite Mountain along with both directions of I-90 on the west side of Snoqualmie Pass.
Afterward I stopped to gaze at this colorful scene below Mt. Si in North Bend.
I had a great time touring the area while the snowpack is still in its place on Silver Peak. Can't wait to head back up for some more turns here in the month of June. Hope you are all getting outdoors to explore this summer!