Summit Pass is a ski area located in the state of Oregon in USA. The resort is in the town of Government Camp, OR.
We recently ranked all of Oregon's ski resorts, so you can see where Summit Pass stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Summit Pass is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes work with Summit Pass. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Summit Pass's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Summit Pass around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Summit Pass Terrain Overview
Summit Pass has a total of 6 ski trails, which are serviced by 2 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Summit Pass is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 70 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 28 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.3 square kilometers.
Summit Pass Elevation
Summit Pass has a summit elevation of 4,300 feet, or 1,311 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,000 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 300 feet (91 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Summit Pass's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.
Summit Pass Difficulty Level
9.1out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Summit Pass has 70 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Summit Pass is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 75% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 25% trails are rated as intermediate.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Summit Pass good for beginners?
Summit Pass is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 75% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Summit Pass Location
Summit Pass is located in the state of Oregon, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Government Camp, OR.
Government Camp, OR 97326 USA
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Getting to Summit Pass
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Summit Pass), its coordinates of 45.30290, -121.74582 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Government Camp, OR to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Summit Pass.
|Portland International Airport||PDX||Portland, OR||46 mi|
|Seattle–Tacoma International Airport||SEA||Seattle, WA||151 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Summit Pass.
|Roberts Field||RDM||Redmond, OR||78 mi|
|Yakima Air Terminal McAllister Field||YKM||Yakima, WA||105 mi|
|Eugene Airport (Mahlon Sweet Field)||EUG||Eugene, OR||109 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Summit Pass, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Summit Pass.
|Mt. Hood Meadows||Mount Hood, OR||7,300 ft||66%||5 mi|
|Mt. Hood Skibowl||Mount Hood Parkdale, OR||5,100 ft||53%||5 mi|
|Cooper Spur||Mount Hood Parkdale, OR||4,350 ft||28%||7 mi|
|Timberline Lodge||Government Camp, OR||8,540 ft||77%||10 mi|
|Mt. Bachelor||Bend, OR||9,065 ft||82%||91 mi|
|White Pass||Naches, WA||6,550 ft||51%||94 mi|
|Hoodoo Ski Area||Sisters, OR||5,703 ft||49%||99 mi|
Summit Pass Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||4,300 ft|
|Base Elevation||4,000 ft|
|Vertical Drop||300 ft|
(75% Beginner, 25% Intermediate, 0% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||N/A inches|