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 all resort users safe. An Uphill Travel Pass is required (even for regular passholders) to access any ski area terrain, is season specific, and must be ordered in our online store. This policy was developed in partnership with the United States Forest Service.
Alpental Spring Closure
Due to lift construction at Alpental, uphill travel restrictions will not be lifted this spring and the Alpental ski area will remain closed to uphill travel through the summer. This closure is for your safety. We appreciate the uphill travel and backcountry community's support and cooperation.
Uphill Travel Policy Overview
Current Alpental Status
Uphill Travel Closure Active: Alpental operations and construction crews will be actively working on new chairlift construction all spring and summer. All terrain within the Alpental ski area permit boundary will remain closed to uphill travel through the entire summer. This continued closure is for your safety as the mountain will be an active construction zone with heavy equipment, blasting, drilling, and hauling of heavy materials. Thanks for your cooperation!
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.