We woke up around 6:00 am and threw our gear in the car and picked up Aaron by 6:30. We were up in the Alpental parking lot around 7:00 am and it was pissing rain. We almost aborted and went to the Pancake House for breakfast, but decided since we were up we should just go for it. The tour up was interesting because of the low snow pack. The usual route up past the lower cliff band was pretty exposed and icy.
It finally started snowing about 2/3 the way up Mt. Snoqualmie. We made it to the Slot and it looked good. We dropped in one by one working from safe point to safe point.
The snow was a nice wind packed powder with a cream cheesy consistency. At the choke point of the couloir it was a bit icy from our sluffs ripping through and wiping out all the new snow.