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The Summit at Snoqualmie

The Summit at Snoqualmie happens to be my home ski area.  It’s about an hour door to slopes from my home in Bellevue, Washington.

2014-15 season was a major disappointment for all of North America, but especially at smaller ski areas like The Summit.

I look for the upcoming 2015-16 season to be a major rebound and I look forward to hitting the slopes of Alpental and Ski Central many, many times this season.

For information on employment at The Summit at Snoqualmie, you will want to visit:

The benefits and perks of working at The Summit include: free season pass, discounted food, ski exchange, retail discount, discounted rentals and referral rewards.

The Summit at Snoqualmie and Alpental Statistics

Total Skiable Acres: 1,994
Back Bowls & Backcountry Terrain: 523 acres
Lit Terrain for Night Skiing/Riding: 541 acres
Base Elevation:
Alpental – 3,140′
Summit Central – 2,840′
Summit West – 3,000′
Summit East – 2,610′
Vertical Drop:
Alpental – 2,280’
Summit Central – 1,025’
Summit West – 765’
Summit East – 1,100’
Summit Elevation:
Alpental – 5,420’
Summit Central – 3,865’
Summit West – 3,765’
Summit East – 3,710’

Chairlift Summary

Total Lifts:  25
        High-speed quads – 1
        Doubles – 3
        Surface – 1
Summit Central:
        High-speed quads – 2
        Triples – 1
        Doubles – 4
        Surface – 2
Summit West:
        Quads – 2
        Triples – 2
        Doubles – 2
        Surface – 2
Summit East:
        Quads – 1
        Triples – 1
        Doubles – 1

Mountain Summary

Total Uphill Capacity: 34,490 people/hour
Winter Season: Early-December – Late April (weather and conditions permitting)
Average Annual Snowfall: 429″ (at approximately 3000ft, considerably more snow at mid and top elevations)
Snowmaking Coverage: Less than 1%
Longest Run: 1.17 miles (International at Alpental)
Difficulty of Terrain:
Percent of Acreage Beginner – 14%
Percent of Acreage Intermediate – 45%
Percent of Acreage Advanced – 41%

Terrain Parks

Number of Terrain Parks: 2
“2013 Northwest Region – Best Park” – “ Visitor’s Choice Awards
“Top 10 Parks in the U.S. & Canada”  (Freeskier Magazine, 2009); “Most Progressive Parks in North America” (Snowboard Magazine, 2008);
“Top Snowboarding Event “- Holy Oly Revival (Snowboarder Magazine)

Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center

Trails: 23

Tubing Center

Lanes: 10-12 in full-season
Lifts:  Surface – 2 handle tows

Winter On-Site Facilities and Amenities

  • A variety of on-mountain dining facilities
  • Ski & Snowboard school for children and adults of all ability levels
  • Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe center offering an extensive trail network (includes track, skate, snowshoe and telemark)
  • Four rental equipment shops and one demo center ((K2 Demo Center, Silver Fir Lodge)
  • Complimentary on-site shuttle service between base areas
  • Four base area lodges
  • Lift-accessed tubing hill
  • Lockers and ski/board check


None on resort property. For a full list of lodging options, please click here.

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