There’s no escaping one basic fact about the Summit at Snoqualmie, the closest ski hill to Seattle: 3,022 feet. That’s how high Interstate 90 gets above sea level, and what’s good for vehicular travel—less alpine snow, more forest-level rain—wreaks havoc on the ski scene.
Snoqualmie will always contend with lower elevations, but a few other numbers make a play for attention. Like four, the number of base areas included in one season pass (not dozens like the Ikon or Epic, but impressive nonetheless). Or 55, the drive time in minutes from downtown Seattle to the start of a ski run. And last year, 600—the number of
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