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Summit ski area takes big step toward expansion

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Nov. 21, 2008 at 10:25 am with No Comments »
November 21, 2008 10:25 am

The path has been cleared for improvements at the Summit at Snoqualmie, according to a statement released recently by the ski area.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the approval of the ski area’s Master Development Plan Nov. 13.

“Our goal has always been to continue to improve our resort while striking a balance between what best benefits both people and the alpine environment,” said Trevor Kostanich, director of planning and development for The Summit, in a prepared statement.

“Ten years and countless hours of collaboration and hard work by the Forest Service, consultants, local conservation groups and The Summit, as well as comments by the public, have lead to this decision. This truly is an exciting time for us and our guests.”

The ski area plans to erecting six new chairlifts, three new surface lifts, upgrading many existing lifts, lighting 25 new trails for night skiing, additional parking and a new mountain-top restaurant at Summit East.

As part of the agreement, The Summit will donate about 390 acres of land to the forest service for conservation. Another 100 acres near Alpental will be donated and added to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.

“We are thrilled to have the go-ahead to implement many of these improvements and additions in the next several years,” said Summit GM Dan Brewster in a prepared statement. “This decision, along with this season’s new Silver Fir Express Chair, will help usher in an era of

remarkable improvements to our resort.”

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