December 26th was opening day for Summit East aka Hyak. This was the Summit at Snoqualmie’s 4th and final base area to open. They hit it perfectly this year with each area opening on days loaded with fresh powder. Summit East is a 1,000′ mountain that has better continuos vertical than most mountains twice the vertical drop. The crowd for opening day this year was similar to the standard weekend crowd. However, I only saw a few locals (very rare). First lap was a mad dash for pow back down to the bottom East Peak chair, then I spent the rest of the morning in the Ewok forrest skiing my favorite lines at a nice easy pace while everyone was chasing what was left on the open trails.

below is a short video from today

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