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Summit at Snoqualmie: New Chairlift at Summit East

The Summit to Build New Quad Chairlift Summer 2014

The Summit at Snoqualmie announced that the ski resort will start construction of a new chairlift this spring. Rampart Chair is scheduled to open for the 2014/2015 winter season with construction expected to start in June. The fixed-grip quad chair featuring an easy-load conveyor system is all new and will be built and installed by SkyTrac, an American chairlift company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rampart chairlift is a long awaited addition to Summit East and will increase uphill capacity substantially while opening up a sizeable portion of glade skiing in the area. The new chairlift will be located on the northern facing slopes of the Summit East ski area.

The new Rampart chairlift represents one of the final pieces to The Summit’s Silver Fir/Summit East family-friendly zone. This last winter season the resort also opened its newest day lodge, the Silver Fir Lodge, situated at the base of the Silver Fir high-speed quad chair. The resort has continued to improve the Silver Fir/Summit East zone over the last several years to significantly boost its offering of quality intermediate and family-friendly slopes. The Silver Fir/Summit East zone features numerous tree-lined trails, longer runs, beautiful Cascade Mountain views and of course, a new lodge and four new lifts all installed within the last six years.

“We’ve eagerly awaited this key piece of the puzzle that now really helps complete the fun, adventurous side of The Summit,” says The Summit at Snoqualmie’s general manager, Dan Brewster. “Our skiers and snowboarders love the diverse terrain offerings and freedom of the entire Silver Fir/Summit East zone with its beautiful glade terrain and spectacular scenic views.”

Among a long list of other resort improvements for this summer, The Summit also plans to purchase the latest in summer slope maintenance equipment. This will aid in the resort’s brush cutting and trail manicuring efforts. Also, Alpental will receive lighting improvements and several winch anchors built specifically to expand the resort’s winch grooming capabilities. In total, The Summit at Snoqualmie plans to invest approximately 3.5 million dollars in improvements to the resort this summer.

Rampart Chairlift

  • Fixed-grip quad chair
  • Scheduled to open Winter 2014-2015
  • Easy conveyor loading system - similar to Pacific Crest
  • Manufactured and Installed by the American chairlift company, SkyTrac Inc.
  • Accesses existing and new terrain - several new runs to be cut this summer.

Approximately $1.5 Million in Additional Improvements for Winter 2014-2015

  • New summer slope maintenance equipment
  • Lighting improvements at Alpental
  • New winch anchors at Alpental - improves grooming capabilities
  • Day lodge updgrades at Summit Central, Summit East, and Alpental
  • Tubing Center day lodge upgrades

About The Summit at Snoqualmie
The Summit at Snoqualmie is nestled in the heart of the Washington Cascades, 55 minutes East of Seattle on I-90. The resort consists of four base areas totaling 1,981 skiable acres accessible via 25 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 2,280 feet. The Summit is operated by Boyne Resorts and is a proud partner of the USFS offering equal opportunity recreation. More information can be found at

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