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Summit at Snoqualmie Resort Reviews

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Summit at Snoqualmie Resort Reviews

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  • January 31, 2011
    from United States

    It would be really fair to their snow shoe patrons if they were told that they should completely avoid the trails that the cross country skiers use (at Summit at Snoqualmie). Basically, the majority of the trails do not allow enough room for both classic skiers & snowshoers so snowshoers are forced to use the center area at times. Unfortunately, the center area skiers felt that they were the only ones entitled to use that area - no matter the reason. Interestingly enough, the older athletes were always the most pleasant, but it seemed that the majority of the 20 - 40 somethings were complete jerks with entitlement attitudes - pretty comical and sad (for them) actually. One of the main things that clearly didn't register in their pea brains is that we all paid to use the trails. All in all, with the exception of great weather and a few nice people, we had a very disappointing day at this location and certainly will not be back. When we returned our equipment to the center, we commented on the problems we encountered and were told, "Yeah, we hear that a lot". Just Wonderful.

  • Summit at Snoqualmie Ratings

    Overall: 3.1. Based on 3 votes and 4 reviews. Vote

    Access: 5.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Summit at Snoqualmie.

    Public Transport: 2.7

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Summit at Snoqualmie, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.7

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 2.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Summit at Snoqualmie, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Summit at Snoqualmie.

    Ski in/Ski out: 2.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 2.5

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Summit at Snoqualmie, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.3

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Summit at Snoqualmie is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 1.0

    (1) Summit at Snoqualmie relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Summit at Snoqualmie, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Summit at Snoqualmie are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Summit at Snoqualmie is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 1.7

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Summit at Snoqualmie, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 3.0

    (1) Summit at Snoqualmie usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.5

    (1) The staff at Summit at Snoqualmie are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Summit at Snoqualmie are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 2.5

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.5

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.5

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Summit at Snoqualmie has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 5.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.5

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Summit at Snoqualmie, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 4.5

    (1) Not even a kicker at Summit at Snoqualmie, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 4.5

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Summit at Snoqualmie, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Summit at Snoqualmie has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.5

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.5

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.5

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 1.5

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 1.5

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 2.5

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 2.7

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 2.7

    (1) Overall, Summit at Snoqualmie is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 2.7

    (1) Overall, Summit at Snoqualmie is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • October 09, 2003
    from United States

    The summit is great, 45 min from downtown, and open till 10pm riding there is very convenient. 4 area's ranging from beginner slop of summit west, to the tree runs, & rock drops of Alpental The Summit has terrain for all skill levels. West & Central both host terrain parks, 2002/2003 season saw a explosion of new hand rails, & Jib boxes, making summits park better then ever.
    Now the down side of the summit is it has the lowest elevation of the Western Washington resorts, so the snow is sometimes questionable. They don't lay out there terrain parks very well, although they put lots of hits & rails, the lines are often poorly thought out, and don't flow very well. Weekends the lift lines get a little long, especially if we get a dump. Alpental tends to be the worst for lift lines, there is only 1 chair that access the top, & 1 chair for the back bowls, but there is tons of tree lines & hidden spots you can catch fresh power long after a storm. Summit is well worth the trip, and with $300 for an unlimited season pass, you can easily get up there twice a week, and with seasons the last well into April there is no shortage of opportunities for going big.

  • September 21, 2003
    from United States

    Well there must be something right with a 4-ski area destination that gets 600,000 skier days per year. Yes we are an easy one hour drive from Downtown Seattle Washington US but a world apart. All those rain stories you hear about Seattle are true and then those same 'Japanese Trade Current' storms sweep up the Cascade Mountains and rop TONS of snow on Snoqualmie Pass.

    We get more snow than anywhere else in the world at 3,000 feet elevation. It can vary from year to year so you have to check www.Snoq-Forecast.com first. But last year (2002-2003) was good in 2001-2002) we have 15 feet of packed snow on the ground - I kid you not.

    We operate some very large vacation rental homes at the pass (www.Snoq.com). Due to the heavy snow fall most use metal roofs to slide off the snow. Yet some of our three story home roofs were connected to the ground with snow. Its that deep.

    We take extra care to make access easy to the homes but some owners were having to go in their THRID floor windows to access their homes. Wow. We get snow.

    The quality of the snow can vary but compared to some other places that pray for the white stuff we never have to worry.

    Terrain varies from at the four ski areas (all just a few miles apart). There is lots of beginner space, many medium ski runs to our well know 'Alpental' ski area where Olympic Gold metal winner Debbie Armstrong honed her skills. On Alpental the upper runs are more like elevator shafts if you like that kind of thing.

    If you have to have lots of night life, all night bars, discos and expensive shops - you'll be disappointed in Snoqualmie Pass. Yes you can run into the Seattle area and get all that and more. But at the pass most folks come to ski. We have the largest Night skiing operation in the US (and maybe the world) which means you can get in an easy 12 hours of slider per day if you want.

    So if you've never been to Snoqualmie Pass come stay sometime. Oh, and by the way, its absolutely gorgeous in Summer too. Fishing, biking and always crisp clean air and towering peaks right outside your door.

  • September 15, 2003
    from United States

    In terms of easy access from the Seattle metro area, nothing beats Snoqualmie Pass, now officially named 'Summit at Snoqualmie.' The Pass is actually 4 seperate areas, 3 on the south side of I-90 and the other, Alpental, on the north side of the highway and about a mile up the valley. The 3 south areas, known as Summit West, Summit Central, and Summit East are mostly beginner and intermediate terrain with a few exceptions. Countless Seattle area parents bring their children to these areas to learn how to ski. Because of this, they can get quite crowded on the weekends. On the opposite side of the road, where Alpental lies, the story is completely different. Alpental has some of the best terrain in the world, let alone the state. In addition, the Alpental backcountry opens up a whole range of new terrain for advanced skiers. While the snow can sometimes get a little heavy at all the Snoqualmie areas, Alpental generally recieves better snow than the others. Considering the fact that you can drive to Snoqualmie in less than 45 minutes from Seattle and night skiing is offered at both Summit West and Alpental, I find the area hard to beat. In conclusion, if you are looking for a top notch resort ski area, Snoqualmie is not the place for you. If you are looking for easy access to a quick ski fix and are willing to brave what are sometimes less than ideal conditions, give Snoqualmie, especially Alpental, a shot.