Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas


Cross-country Ski - Snoqualmie Summit West

Mid-week backcoutry ski touring workout at night -- using lit areas of the ski area

  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,800 ft
  • Pace: self

Bottom of Julie's chair at Summit West

Summit West is scheduled to be operating and illuminated. 

So we will 90% follow the Summit's designated uphill route for Summit West, except right at the top, were I prefer to climb to the  North (cimbers right) of the lift shack as has less downhill skier traffic.   And then transistion just above the ski patrol shack -- which is completely out of the way of lift skier traffic.

My version of the uphill route.

Mid-week "after work" work out session for developing ski touring muscles and fitness.

The trip is listed as a "cross country  ski" so folks that don't yet have avalanche safety training may enroll -- however we will be skiing on a downhill ski area.  So you will need the gear and skills to ski  a  "blue" downhill ski run.   

We will be using the lit area of a ski area open for night skiing,  however there have been multiple power outages this year  -- so please bring  a headlamp.   Note that in my experience  most "backpacking" headlamps using AAA batteries  to power them provide minimal illumination.    Headlamps using CREE T6 LED emitters and powered by Lithium Ion batteries in a separate battery pack where the battery pack can be carried in a coat pocked and kept warm provide a much improved skiing eperience. 

These trips lies entirely within a developed ski area where the ski patrol manages the avalanche risk.  Therefore I will not be requiring people to bring avalanche gear nor will I be performing beacon checks.   

Since this is a workout -- carrying your regular ski touring pack and gear gives you more of a workout -- or you can go lighter if you prefer.    The trip leader is old and slow, so I will be going light -- so that others won't get as cold waiting at the top.

I'm setting the roster count to be quite large, so anyone that wants to come and get a workout can come. 

On the  hill we will  divide up into groups of three or four  that will  skin up and ski down together and watch out for each other.    Hopefully we will be able organize the groups  of similar uphill pace so everyone gets a good workout. 

I will travel in the  slowest group and provide  encouragment to folks still on the learning curve of uphill skiing .

Please review the Summit's uphill policy

More info here:


Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Backcountry ski touring  skis  or splitboard.
  • Climbing skins
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Strong headlamp
  • Summit at Snoqualmie "Uphill Pass"
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