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Midnight Ski Crew: Alpental by Moonlight

by on Mar.12, 2012, under Nature, Places, Ski, Sport, Vistas, Washington State

Curtis in a flash
40 second exposure of Curtis Cappel and headlamp skiing by me.

The email arrived in my inbox last Tuesday.

Hey Everyone-

Short notice, but tomorrow night there will be clear skies and a waxing gibbous moon with 99% of of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated. So you know what that means…. skiing by the light of the moon!

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a moonlight ski tour, and tomorrow night we just happen to have an almost full moon AND clear skies. If anyone is interested I’d totally be down for an easy tour from the Alpental parking lot to Snow Lake and back. If we can get organized enough we can even do JetBoil s’mores on the moonlit shores of Snow Lake.

Any takers?


Besides wondering WTF a waxing gibbous moon was, I was in for sure. Seldom do I miss an opportunity to ski tour with buddies here in Seattle, and this was a once in the season kind of opportunity. If you’re unfamiliar with the Pacific Northwest winters, the mountains here get feet upon feet of snow. The only downside to this blessing is rarely do we enjoy clear skies. Needless to say, no cloud nights with a full moon during the ski season practically never happen. Wednesday night just happened to be the exception.

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