The Summit at Snoqualmie has some big ideas, and the first significant step toward the realization of those plans was made recently: The U.S. Forest Service gave its go-ahead a week before Thanksgiving Day.

The resort is giving thanks.

"Our goal has always been to continue to improve our resort while striking a balance between what best benefits both people and the alpine environment," Trevor Kostanich, director of planning and development for The Summit, said in a release. "Ten years and countless hours of collaboration and hard work by the Forest Service, consultants, local conservation groups and The Summit, as well as comments by the public, have lead to this decision. This truly is an exciting time for us and our guests."

 All four base areas will get some sort of makeover over the next several years.

Among the improvements are a new International quad chair, a re-alignment and upgrading of the Sessel chair and lights for night riding on International at Alpental; a new Rampart quad chair, a new Mill Creek triple chair, night skiing off Rampart and Mill Creek chairs, and a mountaintop restaurant at Summit East. There will be a new ski school quad, quad lifts to replace Triple 60 and Holiday chairs, and replacement/expansion of base area lodge at Summit Central. Look for a new double chair on the Northside, replacements of Wildside and Dodge Ridge chairs with quads, and an expansion of Slide-in Lodge at Summitt West.