The Summit at Snoqualmie today announced plans to build three new lifts in two years at Alpental, following other recent lift projects at Summit East and Summit Central. Year one at will see construction of a new Sessel triple this summer with a replacement Edelweiss triple and new International triple to follow in 2024. The projects are all part of the Summit 2030 plan announced by The Summit and parent company Boyne Resorts last year.
Sessel will be realigned with a 1,790 foot slope length and 590 foot vertical drop. The existing Riblet lift, built in 1967, rises about 80 feet less. The new Doppelmayr Alpenstar will feature a loading conveyor, boosting rope speed to 500 feet per minute and capacity to 1,800 skiers per hour. The lift will look very similar to the new Hidden Valley triple which Snoqualmie opened this season at Summit East.
Doppelmayr will also commence foundation work for both a replacement Edelweiss chair and brand new International triple this spring. Both these lifts will service upper mountain terrain beginning in the 2024-25 season.
Due to construction, Alpental will close earlier than normal on April 23rd. Most of the ski area is roadless, necessitating over snow access to tower and terminal locations.
Dont forget that the armstrong express will get more chairs!
Aaaaaigh! The new chairs are cool, but really? You couldn’t have waited until after the Cinco de Mayo party?
I wonder what will become of St Bernard, with Armstrong getting more chairs, Edelweiss & Sessel being replaced, and the new international lift, it’s the only one left untouched.
This is such a fantastic add. I’m so glad Boyne finally acquired the Summit assets from Oz Real Estate so they can actually make real investments. 🙏
really fixed grip? what no one can make detachable high speed lifts anymore?
All three lifts are well under 3000 feet, do not need a capacity above 2400, and are not aimed at beginners.
Seconding STE here. 2 and International are or will be lapping chairs, but are or are adjacent to real experts only sorta deals. A detach to the top of Upper Nash would be a $#!@show reminiscent of SoCal. High speed access to Piss Pass and whatnot from the new International would just not be prudent. Kudos to Boyne for their surprising restraint. They didn’t ruin 6 at Crystal, and in reality didn’t destroy Northback, either. I imagine there will be changes that come with International, but within a few years of installation, new routines will settle in. Sad, though, that such an iconic lift as Chair 2 will be gone. This is the way.
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yes, it is sad. And don’t forget that one iconic photo that everyone (even people out of the state) knows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zpEPsJurWg at 0:32