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.
New For 2021-22 Season
Our uphill travel rules and guidelines have changed. Starting Nov. 19, 2021, an uphill travel pass is required to access ski area terrain. 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.
Uphill Travel Policy Overview
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 + $5 Processing Fee
Required For Uphill Travel (at all times)
Valid For The 2021-22 Season
Required starting 11/19/2021
Ready to climb? To get access for the entire season, register for an Uphill Travel Pass and sign the associated waiver in our online store. You must have your uphill travel pass with you anytime you travel uphill within the ski area boundary.
- If you already have a regular Summit season pass, you still need an Uphill Travel Pass.
- Passes are non-transferable and are season specific
- Daily access passes are not available
- $5 processing fee
- Mailed via USPS. If you have not received your pass yet, showing confirmation on your phone is acceptable temporary verification.
Uphill Travel In The Alpental Valley
Current Alpental Status
Our operations teams have completed much of our end-of-season tear-down work and are ready to lift uphill travel restrictions within the ski area permit boundary for the remainder of the spring. Alpental will reopen to uphill travel starting May 5, 2022.
Treat all of the Alpental ski area as uncontrolled avalanche prone terrain, just as you would backcountry terrain. We do not plan to perform anymore avalanche control and many areas at Alpental will still be prone to avalanches through the spring season. We recommend avoiding all terrain along the Cascade Traverse (Shot Six, Meister, Dom, etc), terrain below the cliffs along the high traverse out Nash Gate, Rox Off, Rock Face, and of course Shot 8. These areas are especially prone to wet slides and several are prone to large glide avalanches that often release in the spring freeze/thaw cycles.
Please pack out all your trash and recycling, do not dispose of items at the mountain as our staff is off for the season. Have a pet? Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet no matter if your on snow or in the parking lot.
Thanks for your cooperation!
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.