The Summit at Snoqualmie

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The Summit at Snoqualmie is just a short drive from Seattle and has four areas -- Summit West, Summit Central, Summit East, and Alpental -- offering something for everyone.

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Samantha Larson


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

43.5 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Half Day to Full Day



Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Lift tickets; prices vary



If you are an outdoors aficionado who lives in Seattle, the chances are good that, come winter, you like to either snowboard or ski. Just 45 minutes to an hour from downtown Seattle on I-90, Snoqualmie Pass is the most convenient way to get a quick powder fix. There are four areas that make up the Summit at Snoqualmie resort, which together have 24 lifts and over 2,000 vertical feet. And with runs that range from beginner friendly to extreme expert, there are plenty of options to satisfy anyone’s cravings for snow play.

What Makes It Great

The Summit at Snoqualmie is the easiest access resort from Seattle, is in a beautiful setting, and the four areas together will continue to keep you entertained as you progress from newb to master. Basically, it’s a winter-lover’s paradise.

Where to start? Here’s how the Summit at Snoqualmie’s areas break down:

Summit West If you’re still learning the ropes, this is the place for you. This beginner and intermediate area has 6 chairlifts and two surface lifts. It is also home to the Summit Learning Center, which offers an assortment of classes suitable for the whole family – including lessons for kids and lessons for first timers in either a group or private context.Summit Central This is the most popular area, with a diversity of terrain and runs from beginner to black diamond to offer something for everyone. Summit central also has a two terrain parks: Greenhorn Acres, perfect for riders who are newer to freestyling, and Central Park, which has everything from small to large jumps.Summit East This area is not as big as Summit Central but also has a good mix of runs, so is a great place to go once you’re looking to mix things up a bit. If you’re looking for a break from the downhill, Summit East is home to the Nordic center and has snowshoe rentals. It is a great spot for glade skiing.Alpental With over 500 acres of backcountry terrain and some of the steepest runs around, this is the expert’s playground. Once you’re ready for it, if you're an adrenaline-seeker wanting to test your mettle on a truly legendary slope, then Alpental is waiting for you.

Who is Going to Love It

Families who want to enjoy a day out on the slopes together; with so many options, everyone will be satisfied. Skiing and snowboarding diehards who want to get in as much powder as they possibly can.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Each area has its own parking lot.

The Summit at Snoqualmie’s lifts run from 9 am to 10 pm.

Check the website for current conditions and closures before you go.

The Summit at Snoqualmie has a couple of options for season passes that give you access to all four areas, plus Crystal Mountain. Adult daily lift tickets are $64 full day, $56 half day, $41 night, and $68 full day plus night.

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