Mother Nature has not been very cooperative with snow this year at Snoqualmie Pass.
But even with the battle between warm and cold temperatures, where the warm keeps melting any snow that accumulates, enough white stuff finally fell that the Summit at Snoqualmie could finally make the announcement that local skiers and snowboarders had been waiting to hear: they’re opening! At least partially.
The Summit at Snoqualmie announced today, that Summit West will open Friday, January 10, 2014, at 9AM, with limited operations. Starting tomorrow through the weekend, Little Thunder, Magic Carpet, Dodge Ridge and Pacific Crest will operate until 4PM.
Summit Central will follow and open on Saturday, January 11th and Alpental opens its runs on Sunday, January 12th.
Snoqualmie Pass picked up close to a foot of snow over the past 24 hours. Summit at Snoqualmie Marketing Director Guy Lawrence said Summit West has about a 20″ base now – enough to make a go at a limited opening.
It may be a month late, but Lawrence says that’s just the way it goes. The Summit has had other years with so much snow that they’ve opened early. This year, it’s just taken awhile for the jet stream to sink further south and aim snow-producing weather right at Snoqualmie Pass.
It’s about the law of averages when it comes to ski slopes at 3,000 feet. Better late than never, right?