The Summit at Snoqualmie will install two chairlifts this summer at the Summit East base area, providing access to over 150 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain. In addition to replacing the area's front-side lift, a double chairlift will be installed on the backside. The two chairlifts will allow access to 65 acres of additional skiable terrain that has not been available for more than 20 years.
The long-awaited expansion of Summit East comes after a landslide took out the area's main chairlift in January of 2009. Stabilization of the slope was completed last summer.
"We are ecstatic to re-open Summit East and introduce some amazing new terrain," said Dan Brewster, general manager for The Summit. "Guests will be rewarded with extensive fall-line skiing, steep pitches and solitude that Summit East is known for, while enjoying world-class views of the Gold Creek Valley."
A triple chairlift, dubbed East Peak Triple, will be installed on the front side of the mountain and a double chairlift, Hidden Valley, will be installed on the backside.
Re-opening the historic terrain on the backside of Summit East (known as "Hidden Valley") is a long-anticipated step for The Summit. After a 20-year hiatus, this once popular terrain will again be open to The Summit's skiers and boarders. Combined with the re-opening of the tree-lined, rolling fall-line runs of the front-side, Summit East will offer some of the best intermediate and advanced terrain in the state of Washington.
"Having Summit East back in operation with an additional 65 acres of fantastic terrain is an exciting new phase for us and our guests," said Trevor Kostanich, director of planning & development for The Summit. "The improvements at Summit East provide more on-hill adventure and represent one of the best components of our Master Development Plan."
The Summit's Master Development Plan, approved by the United States Forest Service in November of 2008, includes extensive improvements at Summit East. In addition to the enhancements planned for 2010, construction of a mountaintop restaurant and additional base area amenities are planned for the future.
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