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 Notice
The backside (Hidden Valley side) of Summit East, service roads (and therefore significant portion of our usual Designated uphill route) are temporarily closed to all access (uphill travel, skiing/riding, hiking) until further notice. This is currently a construction zone and it is imperative everyone stays clear for safety and so the crew can get their job done without delays. The road is for construction access only (not recreation access) until further notice. While the road is closed, we recommend staying left of the road as you leave the base area and ascend the lower slopes. Then either continue up Hyak Face or cut over to take Creek Run up and around to Milwaukee Ridge, staying left off the road, then left up Vic’s to get to the top of Rampart. Uphill travel and skiing/riding is still permitted on the front side of Summit East.
If you see machinery or groomers on the hill, it’s critical you stay well clear. Being a few feet away from a machine is unacceptable and unsafe. If you see a machine while ascending, make sure you’re at least 20ft away at all times. If on an open slope or descending please maintain at least 200ft of space between yourself and machinery.
Thanks for staying clear and obeying this temporary closure.
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 For 22-23 Summit Passholders
$49 For Non-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 Summit season pass, you still need an Uphill Travel Pass, but it's free.
- 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
Current Alpental Status
Uphill travel is currently permitted within the Alpental ski area boundary. Alpental will close to uphill travel soon, so always check here for updates or watch for signage at the mountain.
Treat all of the Alpental ski area as uncontrolled avalanche prone terrain, just as you would backcountry terrain.
Please pack out all your trash and recycling. 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.