Steep, overstuffed chutes and easy access: Nothing in the Pacific Northwest compares with Alpental’s backcountry for epic lines so easily reached. This is big avy country, though, so keep your yahoo in check and, for chrissake, know how to use a beacon. If you’re sweat-averse, cruise out across the high traverse, pop over the first knoll, and drop into Sharon Bowl, staying skier’s left to hit the Trash Can. Feeling frisky? Keep traversing, climb up to Pineapple Pass, and drop into Great Scott Bowl and Big Trees.