Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Snoqualmie Summit East


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Snoqualmie Summit East

Mid-week nightime ski touring workout at Summit East

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  • M1-M2 Mountain 1-2 Ski
  • Moderate
  • High Point Elevation: 3,800 ft

Summit East base area -- between the day lodge and the ski patrol hut.

GPS: 47.3904944946, -121.396232807


Note this trailhead/meeting area lacks any bathroom facilities (Summit East closed on Wednesdays).   However the "Traveler Rest" on HWY-906 between Exit 52 and Exit 53 is easily visited  enroute.

At this time due to COVID-19, I'm discouraging carpooling with non-household members.   The trip plans and guidance may change at anytime due to changing conditions, this includes last minute cancellation.

Because this trip starts after sunset and uses part of the ski area NOT lighted for night skiing -- please bring two strong headlamps with fresh/fully charged batteries.  Even though this trip lies entirely within a developed ski area where the ski patrol manages the avalanche risk, I expect everyone to carry avalanche gear -- and we will before a beacon check at the start.   (Hey this is supposed to be a work out).

Depending on snow conditions, we will skin up "Hyak Face"  when the snow isn't hard and icy.   When conditions are firm in lieu of everyone using ski crampons, will follow "Creek Run", "Chikamin" and "Sissy's"  to the flat spot slightly above large sign board  at the top station of the Frontside lift  (47.384075, -121.405112)     We will regroup assess how everyone is doing as well as snow conditions.   The ungroomed Black "Hidden Valley" run is enoyable when there is  new snow.   In less ideal snow conditions the Blue "Relevation" Run is more enjoyable.  Skiing down,  I prefer to regroup several times on the way down, so that we don't get too spread out during the descent.   We will transistion at the loading station for the Hiddeln Valley lift and  skin up "Solitude" to again meet at the sign board.  From there we can do a repeat lap on the back side if everyone in the group is game.   Skiing back down the front side, we will discuss and choose either the Black "Hyak Face" or  one of several Blue runs, depend on snow conditions and group interest. 

Rough route map:  
(Good snow conditions)
(Lousy snow conditions)

Note:  A Winter Storm Warning, Extreme Avalanche Forecast from NWAC,  Heavy or Freezing Rain or "Chains Required" on the highway will cancel the trip.

Additional Info:

My Touring Tips

My day touring ski pack contents:

Link to a blank copy of IFMGA Mountain Guide Mike Smiley's  "So what's your skiing ability?" calculator.    Please make a copy of this and fill it out for yourself  and let me know your "belt color" 

My Driving Tips:


Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/splitboard, poles (please no snowshoes/booting for mode of ascent)
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • Two fully charged headlamps.
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