Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Snoqualmie Summit East

Mid-week ski touring workout at Summit East

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,664 ft
  • 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).

We will skin up "Hyak Face" to  the top station of the backside lift (Basically the summit of "Mt Hyak" ) at a "free pace"  The leader is old and fat and will bring up the rear.    We will regroup at the top station and assess how everyone is doing.   We will ski down the "Hidden Valley" run and regroup at the loading station and the skin up "Solitude" to  the ski patrol shack and regroup before skiing back down "Hyak Face" and regrouping at the start point.  Both the front side and backside runs are considered "easy blacks" runs.   Expect the skiing to be somewhat more challenging because of skiing by headlamp.    If there is interest, repeat laps  may be performed.

Depending on snow conditions the exact route or even the ski area used may change.  The trip leader will inform roster members 24 hours in advance of such a change.  (e.g. if snow coverage is, low Summit West may be used,  if snow conditions are challenging "blue runs" for the descent may be chosen instead)

Rough route map:

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/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (two or three antenna digital beacon -- no analog beacons)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Two strong headlamps with fresh/fully charged batteries.
  • COVID-19 face covering.
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