The Northwest tradition of skiing on Snoqualmie Pass began in the 1920’s and 30’s, even before the 1937 opening of the Snoqualmie Summit Ski Area. These ski pioneers were a hardy group of world-class ski jumpers who hiked up hill, and competed on a jump built by the Seattle Ski Club near Beaver Lake Hill. Interest in the sport by both jumpers and spectators grew rapidly and in 1933 the Seattle Parks Department applied for a permit from the United States Forest Service to establish a ski hill at Snoqualmie Pass.
At the same time, Ski Lifts, Inc. founder, Webb Moffett, obtained permission from the Forest Service to construct a rope tow at Snoqualmie Pass. When World War II broke out, Moffett and his partners continued to operate Snoqualmie Summit, now known as SUMMIT WEST, gambling that Northwest skiers would maintain their enthusiasm for skiing. The gamble paid off and devoted skiers pooled their gas ration coupons to continue skiing at the fledgling ski area. Encouraged by this success in the face of wartime adversity, Moffett focused on developing the area after the war. In an innovative move, Snoqualmie Summit became the nation’s second night skiing area when Moffett installed old gas station lights so that his employees could ski after the paying customers had gone home. Soon, customers started staying after dark to ski under the lights and night skiing was truly born. Today, The Summit is still one of the nation’s largest night skiing areas.
The Summit at Snoqualmie offers opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and nordic skiing and snowshoeing. For information on lessons, rentals, passes, weather, and events, visit their website.