Considering touring or hiking at the ski area? Before making plans, read on to learn more about our Uphill Travel Pass, as well as resort specific rules and restrictions for uphill travel to help keep uphill and downhill travelers safe. This policy was developed in partnership with the United States Forest Service.
Uphill Travel Pass Update
An uphill travel pass is required to access ski area terrain starting December 7. Uphill Travel Passes are now available in our online store, scroll down for info and links. If you already have a regular season pass, you still need an Uphill Travel Pass specific for this activity. Read on to review current policies and pass information prior to making plans to tour or hike this season.
Uphill Travel Policy Overview
Current Alpental Status
Uphill Travel Closure Active: Alpental operations and pro patrol teams are now actively working on the mountain and the "operating season" has begun. All terrain within the Alpental ski area permit boundary is closed to uphill travel for the duration of the 22/23 winter season starting Dec. 12, 2022. Thanks for your cooperation!
Avalanche Control Warning: Pro patrol will begin conducting avalanche control work at Alpental starting Tuesday, Dec. 13. For your safety, it's imperative to respect the closure and find an alternate route.
Safety, Courtesy, & Respect
Designated Parking & Restrictions
On peak days, uphill travelers accessing ski area terrain via the designated routes can only park in lot W3 (West) or lot E2 (East). Backcountry travelers accessing the Alpental Valley (uphill travel within ski area not permitted) on a peak day can only park in lot A7. These parking lots will fill up on peak days, so be prepared to have alternate plans for recreating at an entirely different location off Snoqualmie Pass. If our parking lots are full, it is highly likely all other recreation parking lots around Snoqualmie Pass are full as well.
Have respect, be a responsible backcountry traveler, do not park in areas that are not designated for parking.
Parking lots at the ski area are either leased or privately owned for use by guests of The Summit & Alpental. Consider carpooling whenever possible and be sensitive and respectful to ski area guests, the ski area and their parking policies & signs.
Uphill Travel Pass
Free For 22-23 Summit Passholders
$49 For Non-Passholders & Ikon Passholders
Required For Uphill Travel (at all times)
Valid For The 2022-23 Season
Required starting 12/7/2022
Ready to climb? To get access for the entire season, order an Uphill Travel Pass and sign the associated waiver in our online store. You must be able to provide digital or physical proof of your Uphill Travel Pass anytime you travel uphill within the ski area boundary.
- If you already have a regular 22/23 Summit season pass, you still need an Uphill Travel Pass, but it's free. (Ikon does not qualify)
- Passes are non-transferable and are season specific
- Daily access passes are not available
- This is a digital pass. You will not receive a physical card. Simply save your confirmation on your phone or print a copy to use for verification if asked by Summit staff.
Summit Team Members can now order the "Passholder" option in our online store.
$10 of Each Uphill Travel Pass Sold Will Be Donated To NWAC.
Uphill Travel In The Alpental Valley
Snoqualmie Mountain Control Warning
The southwest slopes of Snoqualmie Mountain (including The Phantom) can occasionally pose an avalanche threat to the road and parking areas during times of significant weather and snow pack events. Please be aware that those slopes are target zones for avalanche explosives delivered via artillery or helicopter. Avalanche control activities and the closure of those slopes are always communicated in advance. A map and sign in the main Alpental parking lot contains additional information.