Still Time to Turn at My Own Private Ski Area

Something about climbing at a closed ski area is particularly appealing to the SkiZer.

Day 37 of the season was quick climb-and-ski at Summit East, also known as Hyak. SkiZer was on his way to Spokane for an NCAA Championship viewing party with friends (Go Zags!) and Summit East pulled him in.

What’s it like? Nobody is around, and it feels like you own the place. It’s a ghost town, and you’re the mayor.

SkiZer clipped in and 45 minutes later, he stood on top during a gorgeous spring day. With an inch of new snow, it was just enough to make the descent soft and fun.

Day 37: Summit East

  • Vertical: 3,000
  • Vertical for the year: 625,000
A skier follows in SkiZer’s tracks at Summit East.
SkiZer with the trademark Summit East water tower.
Skins and skis on the way up.
A view of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness from the top of Summit East.

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