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The Summit At Snoqualmie - Alpental Reviews

sdstarr

Alpental Review

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Pros: Steep terrain, old growth trees, large backcountry, very good night skiing, friendly staff, definitely not a resort.

Cons: Small area, large lines on weekends, highly variable snow, definitely not a resort.

The Summit at Snoqualmie was once four separate ski areas that were gradually combined into one "resort" with four separate named base areas.  Three of these areas - now called Summit West, Central and East - sit on the north slope of Roaring Ridge on the south side of interstate 90.  The remaining area - Alpental - is on the steep, cliff studded north slope of Denny Mountain on the north side of I-90.  This review - and the ratings - only apply to the Alpental area. Alpental is a small ski area with only four lifts - one modern high speed quad and three older two seaters.  However, these lifts access a lot of terrain.  There is over 2200 feet of vertical from...
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scotsracer

A little something for everyone

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Pros: Only 50 minutes from Seattle via nice highway, varied terrain. Efficent shuttle bus to other 3 clustered closeby resorts. Good for technical races.

Cons: Occasional great snow, but usually snow is average, sometimes so-so. Weekend ski schools dominate part of the year. It ain't Telluride.

(Updated April, 2014) - Relatively short vertical does not mean bad, (varies 1,000' to 2,280' vertical, with just shy of 2,000 skiable acres), so go with an open mind and explore. Alpental is usually considered the pick of the litter for advanced intermediate and expert skiers, but also try the other 3 resorts there (all 4 managed by Boyne Mnt who have to their credit consistently improved since taking over a few years ago). They each have different personalities. Silver Fir Chair at Central, and runs at Summit East (Hyak) are second thought gems when conditions are good which unfortunately can vary quite a bit by the week if not by the day....
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crudmaster

amazing backcountry terrain

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Pros: steep, full of interesting features

Cons: low elevation

Alpental is really good for a small area: most of it is steep and it's 45 minutes from Seattle.  What is outstanding is the backcountry.  Modest hiking accesses steep terrain with bowls, chutes, cliff bands, jumps and trees.  The low elevation means that the snow isn't typically as good as, say, Crystal Mountain's, but the backcountry terrain is even more fun that Crystal's.   Check it out:  http://www.alpental.com/snow-h.htm
iWill

Good and Bad all rolled into one

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Pros: Alpental

Cons: Snoqualamie

Alpental is pretty decent, despite its small size. When the snow hits, it has rocking terrain. It's sister areas, however would make a person think they were in the mid atlantic. Crowded, small, run down and crowded.
Posaune

Review of NOT Alpental

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Pros: Close to city, easy access, lots of night skiing, good teaching hill

Cons: Flat, low (3000 ft. base at Summit West), little vertical

 This is a general review of Summit East, Central, and West.  I did a lot of my learning at Summit Central (Ski Acres) back in the late 60's and very early '70s.  This is a great place to learn, but not a place to visit if you're coming from out of town.  There is really no expert terrain.  For a few night turns it can be good, but it is super crowded on weekend days.  If you want great terrain go to Alpental, small but mighty and much worth a daytime visit.  Otherwise go to Crystal Mt. or Stevens Pass instead.  A little longer drive will pay off.
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