Alpental does need quite a bit more snow to open than Summit West. The terrain at Alpental is very rugged, mostly due to its steep rocky terrain. We typically need about four to five feet of standing snow to cover up the numerous rocks, creeks, and other obstacles etc. Some windy snow storms in the mix really help move snow around all the obstacles though… There a few variables affecting our ability to safely open the mountain as we’ve listed right here but suffice it to say, we love to get Alpental open as soon as we can as a lot of us who work here are huge ‘Alpentalics’ and enjoy the challenging slopes found at Alpental as much as the next skier or snowboarder!
In case you are wondering about Summit Central, it is generally right between the other two in amount of snow needed. The terrain at Central is more rugged than Summit West but not as rugged as Alpental.