DECEMBER 8, 2023

2023-24 Opening Day Announced

IT'S FINALLY TIME! Thanks to last night's storm, another 12" inches of fresh has blanketed the mountain and there's even more on the way through Saturday. That gives us enough to hit the start button and get this season going! We plan to open for limited operations at Summit West this Saturday, Dec 9th. As usual, this special day is reserved for Summit passholders, Ikon passholders, and daily lesson guests only. Sunday the mountain opens up to everyone, however, lift ticket inventory is limited. The Summit team is hard at work preparing the mountain and can’t wait to see everyone back on the slopes. Scroll down to get all the details about opening weekend and beyond. See you soon!

Opening Day / Weekend Schedule

Summit West - Limited Operations 9am-4pm Saturday & Sunday

Due to thin coverage we will have limited operations and terrain for opening weekend. We plan to run Pacific Crest, Little Thunder, Julies, Dodge Ridge, and Upper Magic Carpet. Wildside is to be determined. The snow in the Wildside region still has a lot of openings from the very heavy rains earlier this week. We will continue to evaluate and work toward getting it open if conditions allow.

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    Pacific Crest
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    Little Thunder
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    Dodge Ridge
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    Julies Chair
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    Magic Carpet
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Check Our Lifts & Trail Report For The Current Status Each Morning

Caution: Thin Cover

Early season conditions exist. While we received a lot of snow last weekend, we lost a lot from the heavy rain this week. The rain and running water under the snowpack also open up holes. The fresh snow likely will not fully cover hazards or fill holes, it may just hide them. So be extra cautious. Look ahead and watch for marked and unmarked hazards, as well as depressions. While we plan to operate some beginner level lifts, conditions may be very challenging for beginners. Conditions and coverage will be best on the main runs where our groomers have had a chance to work. Ski and ride with care, it's just the first weekend and we all want to enjoy a long and fun season!

Passholder Prizes & Party
Kick off the season with us at Passholder Appreciation Day, Saturday Dec 9th! Be an early bird to grab your chance at First Chair prizes. Visit the Summit tent on the plaza between 9am and 1pm to secure your passholder raffle ticket. Then join us at the Timberwolf 1pm-4pm for the launch party of our Summit IPA from Dru Bru and enjoy live music 2pm-4pm. Don't miss out on the festivities - it's going to be a fun-filled day!
Holiday Coat Drive
We've also teamed up with Dru Bru for a winter coat drive throughout the day, benefiting the Ellensburg Cold Weather Shelter. For each coat contributed, receive an additional raffle ticket. The raffle draw will take place at 3:00 PM in the Timberwolf - you have to be there to claim your prize!

Operational Outlook

Lift ticket access will begin Sunday, December 10.

After opening weekend The Summit will close Monday-Tuesday. We plan to evaluate conditions and the forecast during the closure to determine if Summit West will open Wed-Friday, or if we’ll have to wait to reopen until next weekend (Dec. 16). Hopefully the weather works out in our favor.

We plan to open the following areas as soon as we have enough snow.

  • Alpental - TBD
  • Summit Central - TBD
  • Tubing Park - TBD

All of those areas need quite a bit more snow to open. We continue to make snow at our Tubing Park to help get it open sooner.

More Targeted Openings - *Conditions Permitting*

  • Night Operations - Dec. 19th
  • Summit East - Dec. 26th
  • Nordic Center - Dec. 26th

Stay tuned for updates as the snow piles up! You can see our planned hours and schedule for each Summit area on the hours page linked below.

Check The Hours Page Often For The Latest Schedule Updates

Season Pass Info

If you reloaded your pass from last year, don't forget your Summit RFID Card and make sure you have a current photo in your account. Without a photo, you will not be able to load the lift. If you still need to pick up your season pass (for those who did not reload or have their card mailed) visit one of our convenient self-service pickup boxes. You'll find two pickup boxes in the lower plaza at Summit West near the ticket windows. Scan the QR code in your confirmation email to redeem your pass(es). We recommend taking a screenshot of the QR code at home in case cellular service is poor.

Remedy & Twilight Passes Are Still Available, Get One Now And Have More Fun For Less This Winter!

Ikon Passholders - Reservations & Direct-to-Lift

Have an Ikon Pass? Reservations are required, but it's easy! Make a reservation at and then head straight to the lift with your Ikon Pass. At five of our lifts (Little Thunder, Armstrong, Sessel, Holiday, & Silver Fir) you'll be able to leave your pass in your pocket, the RFID gates installed will scan your pass through your outerwear. However, at all other lifts, you'll need to show your pass so our scanners can scan the barcode.

Note: Ikon reservations are not required if you arrive after 2pm.

Reservations are required for Ikon passholders and we expect peak days to book out, so be sure to plan ahead.

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Opening Weekend FAQ

  • Stan's Cafe will be open daily. Timberwolf Pub and our espresso stand will be open for limited hours this weekend.

  • Kids Club, Private, and Group Lessons are available, but availability is limited and they may sell out. Shop dates, times, and prices in our online store.

    Shop Lessons

  • Yes, please book rental equipment in advance in our online store.

    Take-Home Rental guests can visit the Summit West rental shop to pick up equipment if needed.

  • Yes, Ikon Passholders as well as Unlimited Passholders may redeem buddy ticket discounts Saturday-Sunday. Unlimited passholders can issue their friends and family ticket vouchers from the “My Account” section of our online store. Ikon passholders can issue buddy ticket discounts via their account at