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COVID-19 - WINTER 20/21


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through a very turbulent lead up to our season!

If you are concerned about your student’s ability to demonstrate independence on the mountain, we advise that you take the time to read through this information in its entirety so that you understand exactly what is that you are committing to should you decide that you want to participate in lessons this season.

If you are certain that your student will be successful in a Low Contact / No Contact learning environment, then please skip to the section on How to Purchase a Summit SnowSports Student Season Pass.

Snowsports Mission and Goals

Maintaining the health and safety of our entire SnowSports community is our top priority. It is our mission to continue to provide the outstanding on-snow educational experiences that all of you have enjoyed for so many years.  In the light of the COVID pandemic, we must adapt so that we can both provide the on snow education you’ve come to expect, and accomplish it in a manner that maintains the utmost safety for our students, their families, and our staff. In addition to all of the CDC and WA State recommended safety guidelines relating to operating snow sports resorts, we will also be implementing Low Touch / No Touch teaching methods so that we are able to maintain social distancing throughout the experience.

Masks Up During Your Lesson

Everyone is required to correctly wear a face covering while at the Summit and at all times during a lesson. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Correctly wearing a face-covering means fully covered nose, mouth, and chin. Please refer to CDC face-covering guidelines if you have any questions.

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  • We are all in this together! Our Multi-Week Lessons will move together as a unit. Students will be assigned to pods and groups based on our determination of their fit for the specific group. There will be very little swapping between groups, and only at the discretion of our staff.

    We ask that every one of our students and their families respect the guidelines put out by the State of Washington both on the snow and at home. Our safety is your safety, your safety is our safety and all of our actions are intimately entwined. We are not asking you to alter your philosophical belief system, nor are we asking you to change your political or personal views, but we are asking you to respect and comply the CDC and Washington State COVID guidelines from 2 weeks prior to the start of lessons all the way through the end of the program. This will give us all the best chance to have a full, and awesome season!

  • We will do our best to keep everyone socially distanced and isolated from other PODS. In doing so we will have the best chance to isolate any potential exposure without risking exposing our entire community. In the event that there is an exposure we may ask your POD, group, or you personally not to come up for the lesson, for the next 2 weeks, or possibly longer. We will treat that event in the same way we treat any postponement and will do our best to offer a make-up lesson at some point during the season.

  • In order to maintain the highest level of flexibility to adjust to constantly changing guidelines, group sizes may be different than in prior years.

    We have substantially limited our capacities in order to reduce the number of people in any given area at any given time. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to participate in learning snow sports this season. While this breaks our collective hearts and hurts our souls, this is the best way we can achieve our mission while keeping our community as safe as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause some of our most loyal families.

Demonstrated Independence

Students will need to have an Adult Partner remain with them during lessons until they are able to demonstrate to their instructor that can do the following independently and/or unassisted:

1. Put on, take off, adjust, and knock snow out of their Equipment:

  • Face Coverings
    1. Note: Everyone is required to correctly wear a face covering while at the Summit and at all times during a lesson. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
    2. Correctly wearing a face covering means fully covered nose, mouth and chin.
  • Please refer to CDC face covering guidelines if you have any questions.
    1. How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask | CDC
    2. How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering | CDC
  • Gloves
  • Goggles and Helmet
  • Jacket and Snow Pants
    • Note: In the event, your student needs to go to the bathroom they will need to be able to get dressed independently.
  • Skis, Snowboards, Boots, Poles, Bindings, etc.

2. Take care of personal hygiene needs like wiping their noses and using the bathroom.

Get up from a fall, collect their equipment and rejoin their group without physical assistance.

  • Note: In the event of an accident or a situation that threatens life or limb, our instructors are trained to respond accordingly.
  • Stay with the Instructor and Group.

Safely approach, load, ride, unload and move away from the chairlift.

  • During the lesson, please encourage your student to engage with the lesson and closely follow the instructions given by the instructor. Remember that while this is a learning experience for the Student AND the Adult Partner, the learning that each experience will be different. Students will be the focus of the instructor. The Adult Partner will learn tips and tricks and how to better help and support the Student during the learning process. Meaning, this lesson is about the Student, Not the Adult Partner. The role of the Adult Partner is a supporting role. As an Adult Partner be prepared to attend the entire lesson unless you are explicitly released by the instructor. You are there to help. The instructor will work with you to set expectations during the lesson and may ask for different levels of participation from you based on the needs of the group at any given time.

  • Our educational focus this season will be on developing the independence of every student, regardless of age or ability. In doing so students will develop a sense of accomplishment, pride, and appreciation for every part of the journey. As instructors, it means that we will need to bring a level of patience and understanding to the lesson experience that we’ve never had to do before. No longer will we be able to simply reach down and buckle boots, fix goggles and helmets, lean in close, and offer a hand up. Instead, we will practice improving our verbal and non-verbal communication, our demonstration skills, and our body language. Most importantly, we will continue, as we always have, to be a powerful source of encouragement, coaching, and guidance for students, celebrating their efforts and learning. We will all need to adjust our expectations considerably in order for these methods to work.

Multi-Week Lesson Deferrals

As you recall, when you originally purchased your Summit SnowSports Lesson program you read and accepted our terms and conditions, these included our Multi-Week Lesson Assurance. We would like to remind you that for this season you can decide to defer your Multi-Week Lesson Program, whatever the reasoning.  You will need to decide now however because the deadline for deferral is December 27st, 2020.  After that, we will consider you locked in for the season and the Multi-Week Lesson Assurance will no longer apply.


Follow this link for a reminder of our Multi-Week Lesson Policies | Summit at Snoqualmie

All deferrals will be provided as a gift card that can be used toward the purchase of another SnowSports Lesson Program or towards any Summit products either this season or in the future.


In order to defer your Summit SnowSports Multi-Week Lesson Program you need to submit an official Deferral Request.

Deferrals are no longer accepted

  • If for any reason at any time you are not willing or able to, or can’t find someone willing and able to fill the role of an Adult Partner for your student, and your student is unable to demonstrate independence to their instructor at any time in the areas described above, then we respectfully ask that you forego lessons for your student until such a time that we are able to re-introduce higher contact in our teaching methodologies. As much as it breaks our heart to say this, this may not be the season for your student to learn if they cannot demonstrate independence and you are unable to find a suitable Adult Partner for them.

  • No. Not unless the individuals involved have arranged this prior to the start of the lesson.

  • Yes.  In the event your student is unable to demonstrate independence in any of the areas mentioned above, the Adult Partner will be expected to stay with the group for the while lesson.

  • Yes.

  • No. It is up to the Student and the Adult Partner to establish their relationship.

  • No.  But we ask that whoever is acting as the Adult Partner be familiarized with the expectations prior to arriving in the group.

  • No.

  • In Multi-Week Lessons, the Adult Partners do not have to pay for the experience and training they will receive from the instructor.  In our Choose Your Own Adventure and Private Lessons the Adult Partner is considered a participant and will be required to pay for the lesson; the focus and scope of these products is much different than the MWL's.

    1. Have them practice putting their gear on and taking it back off. 
    2. Practice using the bathroom with ski/snowboard gear on. 
    3. Taking gloves on and off, zipping and unzipping jackets, etc. 
    4. Practice putting skis/boards on and taking them off. 
    5. Practice getting up from a fall with skis on feet. 
    6. Be certain that you and your student understand what social distancing means, but that they also need to stay near/within sight and earshot of their instructor.  
    7. Yes, you can do all of these things at home before you get to the mountain!  
    8. Turn on some ski/snowboard videos and have your kids watch the videos with their skis on. They can pretend like they are skiing too! 
    1. Our goal is to be COVID safe and part of that is low contact/no contact with students.  
    2. If they are not fully ready to be independent, we need you to stay nearby the lesson to help out if they fall, need to go to the bathroom or wipe their noses, etc… 
    3. Be prepared to help pick them up if they fall down and cannot get up by themselves. But do keep in mind that this is a skill they will need to learn, so be sure that you: 
    4. Stay close and ready to help if needed. 
    5. Give them a chance to get up on their own with advice from their instructor. 
    6. Ask the instructor if you are unsure of how to help. 
    7. Be sure to respect the social distance of others in the lesson. 
    8. And most importantly, remember that young children can have a hard time being involved and learning if Adult Partners are too hands on during the lesson.  
    9. Our instructors will work with Adult Partners before the start of the lessons to be sure that everyone is on the same page and understands what may or may not be needed. 
    1. Students must be prepared to ride a chairlift on their own. 
    2. Adult Partners are welcome to ride the lift with their Student if they are unprepared to do this on their own. 
    3. Note: This is not different from any other year as is spelled out in our Release of Liability which every student has signed.   
    4. Students may ride the chairlift alone, with other students, with a staff member, or with a member of the general public.  Riding the chairlift with an instructor or adult is not a guarantee that a student won’t have a fall from the chair. 
    5. Kids can practice this at home with ski/snowboard gear on by using a chair. Teach them the rules of the chairlift. 
      • Bottom to Bottom 
      • Back to Back 
      • Packs in Laps 
      • Sit Still, Hold On 
      • No Horseplay on the Chairlift 
    6. We will not force someone to ride in a configuration other than the guidelines set by the State of Washington. However, we consider a Lesson Group to be a Travelling Party.  Therefore students will be able to ride the lift together as a group in an effort to keep groups together as much as possible and not to get them too spread out. As such we ask that every one of our students and staff be considerate of the others in their group and to respect the concerns and wishes of the other persons.