Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for Feb. 19

TUBING AT THE SUMMIT

WHAT: The lack of snow has done a number on Northwest ski areas. Operations are limited at almost every alpine resort. This weekend’s Legendary Banked Slalom at Mount Baker has been postponed to March 19-22. But nobody has been hit harder than the Summit at Snoqualmie. The state’s most popular ski area was forced to close all skiing operations on Feb. 11. Although, “we’re optimistic … and can start up again at a moment’s notice,” said Guy Lawrence, Summit spokesman. In the meantime, it’s managed to keep the tubing center open. Visitors can typically purchase a pass for two- or three-hour tubing sessions on weekends, and the tubing center was scheduled to be open this weekend with future weekend operations to be announced.

WHEN: Fridays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays and holidays, 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Summit at Snoqualmie, Summit Central ski area.

GETTING THERE: From Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass follow the signs to Summit Central.

ALSO: Fee includes use of a tube. No outside sliding devices are permitted. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. Session sizes are limited and visitors are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes early. Check snow and road conditions before driving to the resort.

COST: $22-$23 (depending on session) ages 13 and older, $20-$21 ages 6-12, $5 ages 5 and younger. Viewing tickets: $5.

INFORMATION: summitatsnoqualmie.com, 425-434-6791.

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