It's the place to be

by: BermanD - May 27, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: Good beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs, TERRAIN PARK, location, two mountains to ski

    Cons: Small mountain, poor snow at times, two mountains to ski

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2008

Full review

I go to the Summit all the time, but I grew up going to Stevens. As an advanced boarder I absolutely LOVE Snoqualmie, but people of all skill levels can find a run that works for them. The terrain parks there are GREAT here with features that change many times throughout the season. Only complaint about the parks is that they are under maintained, and often times towards the middle/end of the day the jumps and take-offs for the rails are all dug out and mangled. But whatever, last season they had over 50 features in the Central Park alone, and with the small runs you get a lot of runs in and you get to hone your skills on each feature. This was my first year where I focused on the terrain park, and you can really further your skills much faster than any other mountain I've been to (Stevens included). Besides the terrain park the runs on Summit East, Central, and West are all decent. Nothing mind blowing, but if you know where to look you can definitely scope out some great runs. And if you feel like getting some good powder runs in, hit up Alpental, where you'll find oodles of back country candy to pick at. They've got a ton of great cliffs to sesh, with lots of varying terrain and drop heights. Oh, can't forget the convenience factor. Alpental is open until 10PM and so is Summit Central. And the Summit is only 45 minutes away from Seattle (even less depending on how much you want to push it). That in mind, it's a great way to escape the dull grind of city life and get some adrenaline in your system.