Skiers and riders at The Summit at Snoqualmie saw their run options chopped in January 2009 when a landslide disabled the main Summit East chairlift. Boyne Resorts, operator of the Summit, installed two lifts this summer to reopen the popular area again this winter.
Summit East, still known as Hyak to old timers, houses intermediate and advanced runs, steep pitches, consistent fall lines, and some of the resort's best tree skiing. The installation of two new lifts will reopen the front side terrain plus additional runs in Hidden Valley that were last accessible for skiing more than 20 years ago. Sixty-five new acres will be added to the slopes in total.
The East Peak Triple chair on the front side of the mountain gains 1,100 feet in elevation while the new Hidden Valley double chair climbs 545 feet in elevation. The bottom terminal of the East Peak Triple will be lower to allow for easier access.
Work began last summer with slope stabilization of the landslide area. A helicopter flew cement into place for the footings for the towers Aug. 16.
"The installation is going well," Summit's Holly Lippert told OnTheSnow.com. "Things are on track for opening in conjunction to the start of the season."
Work proceeds as the annual season pass sale winds up this fall. Big S season passes are on sale through Sept. 15. Big S Unlimited passes are valid every day at The Summit and Alpental, but the Big S Unlimited Gold passes include five visits to Crystal Mountain and free days or discounts at other Boyne resorts. Big S L-T-D passes are valid all days at The Summit, but weekdays only at Alpental. Night only passes are available as well as the new Peak to Summit passes that allow unlimited skiing or riding at The Summit and Crystal Mountain. Adult passes run $209-949.
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