The emphasis is on fun in the snow this year at The Summit
And with modernized facilities, low-cost passes and a
fleet of ski toys, all visitors need is some snow to get in on the
fun, just 20 miles east of North Bend via Interstate 90.
Booth Creek Ski Holdings Inc. invested $10.5 million
into improvements at the ski area the last two years, said
Joanne Nelson, director of marketing and sales.
“This year, we’re toning it down a bit,” Nelson said.
“We’re concentrating on the experience up here. … We’re getting
back to the fun and excitement of going down the hill.”
The experience should be better this year, thanks to
four new groomers. The new groomers boost the fleet to 14,
promising better-groomed snow on the slopes.
“Our skiers and snowboarders are going to
find the snow quality is better than in years past,” Nelson said.
“We can’t (raise) the altitude. What we can do is (improve) the
quality of the product. What you’re going to see is
a professionally groomed area.
“Booth Creek already improved The Summit ski
areas. The ski slopes are under one owner and marketed as a
single entity. Combined, the four areas give skiers a variety of
terrain. About half of Alpental, with 2,200 vertical
feet of runs, is in advanced terrain. Summit West (the old Snoqualmie
Summit), Summit Central (former Ski Acres) and Summit East
(once called Hyak) all have about 1,000 vertical feet and are
mostly intermediate or beginner runs.
Last year, Booth Creek made $6.5 million in improvements
to the ski areas, including two new high-speed detachable quad
lifts and two “magic carpets,” which are snow-level conveyor belts
for novice skiers.
Nelson said one emphasis this year is on value. The
Summit offers ski bargains through its season passes, topped by
an unlimited pass ($329 through October), a less expensive
pass that is good all except holidays and some weekends, and a
“We want to make it affordable,” Nelson said. “We want
to concentrate on a really good experience for everyone.”
Since The Summit has one of the biggest night skiing
programs in North America, the midweek passes are an especially
good deal, Nelson said. To enhance the night skiing, Nelson said,
Summit West will be closed during the day on Wednesdays
and Thursdays to leave better snow conditions for evening skiers.
The Summit rents out snow toys, including snow bikes
(like a BMX bike) and uni-skis, a sit-down apparatus in which
riders lean to control it.
“That’s a great way to learn how to get down the
slopes,” Nelson said.
The Summit offers rental packages, including a
special price for equipment and lessons for newcomers. The
Learning Center offers lessons in downhill and cross-country
skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Snowboarders are allowed on all slopes, plus there are
special half-pipe areas, one of which Nelson said is the longest in
The nordic (cross country) area has more than 50
kilometers of groomed trails, part of it lighted. There is room for
both parallel and skating styles. Rentals and lessons are available.
The Summit also has an inner tubing area _
Mount Tubemore _ with rentals available. The tubing area is open
on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
For additional information, phone The Summit at (425)
434-7669 or visit the Web site www.summit-at-snoqualmie.com.