Snoqualmie Land Purchase Connects Two Mountains
Boyne Properties, owners of the Washington state resort bought 77 acres from the Mountaineers Club, a backcountry club that dates back to the 1920s and had a lodge on the property before it burned in 2006. The land rests along the Pacific Crest Trail and has been used by skiers, snowboarders and snowshoe-ers who could handle back country conditions on what is called the Crossover trail.
“Until now, crossing from Summit West to Summit Central has only been an option for advanced skiers and snowboarders,” Summit at Snoqualmie’s Guy Lawrence told SnoCountry.com. “But with the land purchase in place, it now gives us the opportunity to bring all levels of intermediates back and forth with greater ease. On weekends when we are in full operation, skiers can move back-and-forth all the way from Summit West to summit East, more than 2 1/2 miles of trails.”
U.S. Forest Service officials say that an easement for the Pacific Crest would allow the popular hiking trail to stay along the mountain ridgeline, rather than dip into Summit West before crossing I-90.
The new crossover is accessible from the top of the Triple 60 lift at Summit Central, and the Wildside lift at Summit West.
Photos: Top - Look for more access to terrain and crossovers at Summit at Snoqualmie (Facebook); Below - Map of newly acquired land between Summit Central and Summit West (Graphic Summit at Snoqualmie)