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Backcountry Skiing Washington’s East Side: Stevens to Snoqualmie


The Beacon Guidebooks quality and consistency you’ve come to expect in our biggest-yet ski atlas for Washington at 94 pages. Y’all have been asking for this Steven’s Pass to Snoqualmie Pass book for years and now it’s here. 


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Commonly referred to as “The East Side,” this expanse of skiable terrain is a mecca for those seeking a drier, colder snowpack and greater exploration. From the north side of Steven’s Pass south to I-90 and stretching east to Mission Ridge, this region offers over 300 tours accessible via ski area side-country, roadside pullouts and long snowmobile approaches. The locations showcased in this atlas offer the entire spectrum of terrain and difficulty and with a greater likelihood of “persistent slabs,” the East Side should be approached with even greater experience, education, and humility. 

In this photographic ski atlas, professional ski guide and author Matt Schonwold offers the essentials you need to plan your tour while encouraging discovery and self-responsibility. You’ll find high-quality aerial photos marked with ascent and descent indicators, slope angles, aspect, Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale ratings, parking and trailhead information, resort boundaries and more in this lightweight and compact book that can fit in your pack. Every single page and detail are highly curated and reviewed to provide a quality, reliable decision-making tool. 

Designed to go along with you on your tours and accompany the Backcountry Skiing Washington’s East Side Ski App (Launching soon – join our newsletter to stay tuned!). 

This 5.5” x 8.5” spiral-bound book covers the following zones: Grace, Gemini, Highland, Skyline, Moonlight Bowl, Tye, Yodelin, Lichtenberg, Valhalla, Union + Jove, Lanham + Jimhill, Arrowhead, Rock Mountain, Howard + Mastiff, Swath, Big Chiwaukum, Big Jim, Cashmere, Sick Day, Victoria, Red Rocket Rib, Eightmile, Cannon Mountain, Colchuck Lake, Argonaut + Sherpa + Stewart, Enchantment Lakes, Mission Ridge, Blewett Pass, Tronsen Meadows, Windy Knob, Diamond Head, Bean Basin, Iron Peak, Koppen, Longsaway Peak, Esmeralda, High Ingalls, Ingalls Creek, Salmon La Sac, Red Mountain, Van Epps, Fortune Peak

SKI ATLAS AND APP SOLD SEPARATELY. App coming soon! Stay tuned!

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Weight0.7 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .5 in


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Lou Dawson
Lou Dawson@wildsnow
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"This is the kind of publication that helps you arrive cold as an out-of-towner, find the “skinners” and have at it while pounding fluffy Colorado pow and laughing at the over-priced ski lifts."
West Elk Project
West Elk Project@westelkproject
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"It neatly lays out the elevations, descent lengths, aspects, trailhead directions, winter maintenance and parking info, snowmobile access, skin tracks, and exit info. That combined with helpful photos, give backcountry travelers a very good idea of what is going on."
Frank Konsella
Frank Konsella@14erskiers
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"Sovick’s book contains established skin tracks, preferred routes, etiquette, and notes on terrain traps, gullies and avalanche paths. It also assumes all users are trained in avalanche avoidance and rescue, and includes AIARE’s “Communication Checklist,” which includes tips for facilitating teamwork and good decision-making."
GriffOn the Berthoud Pass Ski Atlas
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"These books are great for quick references, re-capping tours and pre-planning. They are small and light and pack well too."
BeauOn the Light Tours of Colorado Ski Atlas
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"A well composed guidebook with lots of great suggestions, many of which I have already skied."
ReginaOn the Crystal Mountain Book
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"Gifted this to my son at Christmas. He loved it! And it exceeded his expectations."
MasonOn the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Atlas
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"I want to thank you for making the best ski guidebooks out there. Your books are a big reason why I’m able to explore the backcountry around Snoqualmie Pass."