Edelweiss – The Summit at Snoqualmie, WA

Riding up.
alpental 4-26-08 006
Top return bullwheel.
Middle section of the lift line.
Looking back.
Top unload.
Double diamond unloading ramp.
Bottom drive station and loading ramp.
Lower lift line.
The first breakover.
Upper bowl of the lift line.
View up from the loading area.
Side view of the bottom terminal.
View back down the lower line.

24 thoughts on “Edelweiss – The Summit at Snoqualmie, WA

  1. Wjmerriman September 14, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    The ramp at the top station was rebuilt in the last few years.


    • skier72 January 1, 2020 / 12:47 pm

      Here are a few pics of the new upper station (taken from remontees mecaniques).


  2. VintageChairlifts November 26, 2019 / 2:10 am

    Of all the Riblets at Snoqualmie, I think this will be the saddest one to lose.


    • Paul Manafort November 26, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      I don’t think they will ever replace it. There would be riots. Also, they just upgraded the ski patrol office underneath the top terminal.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Chris November 27, 2019 / 2:04 am

        What is so special about this lift that replacing it would cause riots?

        Liked by 2 people

        • Che Guevara November 27, 2019 / 11:57 am

          Alpental, and especially this lift, have a cult following in the Seattle area


        • Joe Blake November 13, 2020 / 12:13 pm

          It’s the best chair in the PNW. Period.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Kevin November 7, 2022 / 12:22 pm

        unfortunately, it IS being replaced.


    • Riley January 20, 2020 / 7:20 pm

      Also I don’t think there is reason enough to replace it. As far as I know, uphill capacity isn’t enough of an issue to warrant a quad. And it was difficult enough in 1967 to blast the rock and lay foundation. I doubt the Summit would put the money into that. Besides, they have enough Riblet doubles in storage to supply parts and keep Chair 2 running for another 100 years.


      • Vintage Chairlifts March 13, 2020 / 11:08 pm

        Their master plan included replacing it with a higher capacity lift. However, I suspect it’s lower on the list than most other replacements, If they ever build that backbowls lift, that’ll take some of the pressure off it as well.


        • Myles Svec January 21, 2021 / 2:29 pm

          Where can I find the master plan? Can’t find it on skimap.org


      • pbropetech March 14, 2020 / 11:58 am

        I can attest to the blasting. My dad helped build that one (as well as chairs 1 and 3) in ’67 and talked about how much drilling they did. He and several others wanted to do rock anchors but that wasn’t what Riblet did, so they blasted big holes for concrete.


      • Johnny January 20, 2021 / 1:42 pm

        Working at the summit, word on the street is that the next chairs due for replacement are Chair 2 for capacity and Central Express because of its insane amount of hours. Although cash is gonna be tight this year so replacements likely not coming too soon.


        • Vintage Chairlifts January 21, 2021 / 2:11 pm

          Yup. They’ve had this in their master plan for years.


        • Riley January 27, 2021 / 12:35 pm

          I remember getting a paper copy of the MDP when it was first approved in 2008. It’s been changed over the years. It originally had a pulse gondola going from the base of Alpental to the top of Chair 2. Originally, Chair 2 was one of the only lifts that was not slated to be replaced or modified. It seems that it has been updated, and Chair 2 is slated to be “modified” but to remain a double.


  3. Enumclaw kid May 13, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    Like Northway and C-6/High Campbell at Crystal, not only does this lift have a cult following, it’s expert-only, and the low capacity promotes quality over quantity.


    • 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 𝖍𝖔𝖗𝖓𝖊𝖙 March 11, 2021 / 1:06 pm

      True. I like the Sheaves on this lift. They aren’t very bumpy


  4. iloveribletdoubles March 27, 2021 / 3:32 pm

    @joeblake Blue at Mt. Hood Meadows has something for that.


    • Joe Blake November 7, 2022 / 11:04 pm

      Fair enough. Here’s hoping I get to ride it some day. In the meantime, my incomplete list: Chair 2 at Alpental, Ariel at Mt A, Chair 5 at Bogus, Seventh Heaven at Stevens, Chair 1 at Mt Spokane, Summit at Bachelor, and Chair 4 at Silver.


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