Snoqualmie Pass, Washington- Like most of the Pacific Northwest this season, The The Summit At Snoqualmie struggled to find a groove. However, next winter is shaping up to be historic for the Washington ski resort.

Work has resumed on the construction of the International Chair, which will change the guest experience at Alpental. Earlier this spring, they announced that another lift project will be replacing the Wildside chairlift. The Edelweiss triple chairlift, initially planned to be replaced for the 2024-25 season, has been delayed to the winter of 2025-26.

Here’s a breakdown of the two chairlifts coming to Summit At Snoqualmie next season.

International Chair: For Alpental, a new chairlift will service terrain that hasn’t been easily accessible. Work is currently underway to install a fixed-grip triple chairlift The International Chairlift will service advanced and expert terrain, along with the Nash backcountry gate. Construction on this chairlift started last summer and has resumed for the final push in the coming months.

Wildside: Over at Summit West, the Wildside triple chairlift has been known for servicing quality terrain. However, it also became known as being difficult to access and has become less reliable over the years. Next winter, a new fixed-grip quad will replace the old Wildside chairlift. The chairlift will have a length of 2035 feet, a vertical rise of 660 feet, and an uphill capacity of 1700 people.

In addition, new night lighting will be added around the Wildside area, improving visibility in the evening.

These new chairlifts follow a flurry of changes to the Washington ski resort in recent years. As part of their Summit 2030 plan, they have installed a new triple chairlift at Hidden Valley, built and opened a mountain biking park, added RFID lift gates, paved two of their main parking lots, installed a double magic carpet lift at Summit Central, replaced the Sessel with a modern triple chairlift, and added more chairs to the Armstrong Express.

Image Credits: The Summit At Snoqualmie

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