Handbook – Lessons

Ski Instruction:

Ski and Snowboard instruction is provided by paid instructors from Snow Sports Northwest at Summit Central, a member of the Pacific Northwest Ski Instructors Association and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Ski Area:

Summit Central is located 40 miles east of Issaquah. Summit Central can be reached by driving East on I-90 to exit 53.

The Issaquah Ski and Snowboard School uses the Snow Sports Northwest (SSNW) lodge, which is located just east (on the mountain) from Ski Patrol.

Lift Tickets

Season passes are recommended as they provide an economic and convenient option.

Daily lift tickets will be sold weekly at the 2nd floor of the SSNW lodge. No additional charge is added by the Issaquah Ski and Snowboard School to provide this service. Please make checks payable to “The Summit”. Please check the Summit at Snoqualmie website for current day lift ticket pricing.


The buses will be open from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm for lunch. Most students pack a lunch and eat on the bus.  The ski area has a restaurant for purchasing and eating lunch, but the area is not accessible to beginners.


The Ski School may postpone sessions due to weather conditions or road closure; this is a rare occasion. E-mail, if addresses were provided, will be sent on Friday evening if
Ski School is cancelled. Otherwise a chaperone will call early in the morning to advise of cancellations. Assume that the Ski School will stay on schedule unless you receive or hear an announcement for cancellation.  There will also be an announcement posted on this website if a class must be canceled.

Lifts & Tows

Students should ride the lifts only after they have been instructed in proper lift procedure. Avoid long, loose hair or clothing that could get caught in the lifts. Keep ski tips up when
leaving chair lifts. Sit back in the seat—do not swing. Lift tickets will be removed from students crowding or cutting into lift lines. Snowboarders should un-strap back foot and not re-buckle until they have dismounted from the chair.

Registration for the 2020 season will open in mid-September 2019. Dismiss