Snoqualmie Pass Visitors Guide
A GUIDE TO YOUR VISIT TO SNOQUALMIE
Snoqualmie Pass is a special place, the unique landscape, sharp ridgelines, and steep snowbanks make you want to explore and discover all the wonder and beauty. We welcome you to the pass and are happy to share information with you regarding recreational opportunities at the Summit at Snoqualmie Resort as well as other locations on Snoqualmie Pass and in the surrounding area.
Over-Crowding At Snoqualmie Pass
The recent uptick in visitation often creates significant safety concerns for both travelers and responders alike. Over-crowded parking areas are spilling onto adjacent roads and blocking access for travelers, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles.
The US Forest Service provided these recommendations for a better visit to Snoqualmie Pass:
- Avoid visiting the Cascades on weekends. If you are looking for snow, so is everyone else; be prepared to find your destination already at capacity.
- If you can’t find parking; it’s too crowded! Be sure to pack your patience along with several alternative destinations.
- If you don’t arrive early, you can plan for an early trip back home! Most parking areas are full by 9 a.m. and illegal parking can result in ticketing and/or towing.
- Park only in designated spots and never near over-passes, along shoulders, and in pull-outs.
Travel only in areas designated for your type of winter travel. Check the pass conditions and travel restrictions before you leave the house via the WSDOT website.
Snow Play, Tubing and Sightseeing
While we all love playing in the snow, making that perfect snowball, getting that photo for Instagram or sliding down the hill on a sled, The Summit at Snoqualmie does not allow snow play, sledding, or casual sightseeing on snow anywhere at the resort. There are many different moving parts at a Ski Resort including snow removal equipment, passenger vehicles, skiers and snowboards, and much more that isn't compatible with the unregulated use of our terrain. That being said, we do have a Tubing Park for snow tubing and there are many other options outside of The Summit and within a short drive for snow play, sightseeing, and winter walks/hikes. Scroll down for more details and locations.
The Summit Tubing Park
Snow tubing is fun for the whole family, take a thrilling ride on Summit provided tubes down our groomed lanes, then hop on the magic carpet for a trip back up to the top and do it all over again.
Snow Play Areas
The perfect areas for experiencing snow and enjoying the winter landscape.
Washington State Snow Parks - Designated state parks nearby that are open during the winter for snow play, visit website for information.
Capacity and a flexible plan
Many of Washington’s Snow Parks and Snow Play areas have experienced extremely high visitation this winter and have filled quickly on weekends and holidays. If you are able to plan a trip midweek, it may offer you a better chance to access a snow play or sightseeing area and enjoy some winter fun in less crowded conditions. If you are planning a weekend trip plan on arriving early and having several locations in mind in case your first choices are full.
Permits, Passes, and Fees
Please take the time to review information on the Washington State Snow Park website and make sure you understand what activities are available at various locations and that you ---are prepared to obtain all the necessary permits and passes for parking in these areas. (Various Snow park permits, trail grooming fees, a discover pass and or other passes or fees may be required)
Skiing & Snowboarding
The Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort is nestled in this beautiful landscape and offers all the services you may need to explore on Skis or a Snowboard. Visit our website to get started with a lesson, rentals, and lift tickets.
Nordic Skiing & Snowshoe Rental
The Nordic Center is the go to place if you're interested in Nordic Skiing or renting snowshoes to explore any of the local trails. All of the details, rental equipment, and tickets can be purchased on our website.