Greater Seattle area night skiing fans can now hit the slopes at several Cascade Mountain locations. The Summit at Snoqualmie lights up three of its areas at night while Stevens Pass runs lifts on its front side.
Snoqualmie Summit, located less than one hour from Seattle, operates about 10 lifts with 600 acres lit up across three of its areas. Night skiing started up for the season at Summit West in mid-December with Summit Central following Dec. 17. Alpental will fire up its lifts for night skiing in early January.
Most night skiers get used to cut up powder and perhaps a sliver of corduroy left from day visitors, but not at Summit West, whose slopes close midweek. "You can even get first tracks for night skiing," spokesperson Holly Lippert told us. "With midweek closure during the day, Summit West opens at 4 p.m. for fresh tracks on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays."
Summit West operates lifts at night Wednesdays through Saturdays while Alpental runs night skiing Mondays through Saturdays. Summit Central is open the most evenings, with operations every night of the week except Sunday. "Friday and Saturday nights attract the biggest crowds," added Lippert.
Night skiing runs 4 to 10 p.m. Lift tickets for adults cost $39 for ages 13-61. Youth and senior tickets cost $33 while child and super senior tickets cost $12. The resort also sells season passes for night skiing and offers nighttime lessons.
Stevens Pass Ski Area, sitting about 90 minutes northeast of Seattle, launched night skiing Dec. 16 for the season. The resort usually keeps six chairlifts at night, including Skyline, Hogsback, and Tye Mill.
Night skiing operates 3 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays until the end of February. Then, nights drop back to Fridays and Saturdays only for March and early April. Lift tickets for night skiing at Stevens Pass cost $40 for ages 13-61, $35 for youth and seniors, $15 for super seniors, and $8 for children.
Call the ski resorts to check on current road and weather conditions before driving up to the passes at night. Be prepared for changing conditions.