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Year-Round Sporting Events in Washington
Sports and Washington state go together like French fries and malt vinegar. That’s to say they are pretty much a staple in the culture and you don’t have to look very far to find them. From the Seattle Seahawks to the Mariners, major league men’s and women’s soccer, golf, skiing, and raceways Washington is host to many nationally renowned venues and sporting events throughout the year.
Imagine teeing off with the backdrop of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the Northwest while the peak of Mount Rainier looms in the east. The Home Course just south of Tacoma in Dupont, Washington is a public WSGA championship course that offers tee times, including specials after twilight, and family activities all year round.
In Cashmere, in the central part of the state the beauty of Washington’s varied topography can be seen at the scenic Mount Cashmere golf course where you can try your skill on a quick nine holes with challenging slopes. Near Yakima the Apple Tree Golf Course has you literally putting on an island at the acclaimed Apple Island Green. While there you and your group can enjoy award-winning dining at the Apple Tree Grill and Slice Outdoor Lounge while taking in views of the fertile apple and hop producing Yakima Valley.
Travel further east to The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course, just south of Spokane for a par 72 on 18 holes of well-manicured, tree lined greens. Head north to Indian Canyon Golf Course, voted by Golf Digest as one the of the top 25 public courses in the U.S. many times. Enjoy the canyon vantage point over looking Spokane and an 18-hole course running through Pacific Northwest evergreens.
Skiing and Snowboarding
If skiing and snowboarding are more of your thing, Washington state offers thousands of acres of trails boasting moderate temperatures and natural snow at multiple resorts. In the North Cascade region Mt. Baker Ski Area near Bellingham is a popular destination for both beginner and expert level snowboarders and skiers. It holds the record for having the most snowfall annually of any ski pass in America. At 5,089 feet the summit offers 38 runs spread across 1,000 well-groomed acres.
Just east of Seattle The Summit at Snoqualmie operates four bases offering snowboarding, skiing and tubing. It was the second ski area in the nation to offer night skiing and continues to attract evening skiers with heated outdoor plazas complete with firepits.
Stevens Pass outside of Leavenworth features 1,125-acres for winter sports in the Cascade Range. A family friendly day skiing destination, it also draws in experienced ski hounds to its 37 runs that include expert terrain and back country. Easy transportation is provided from Seattle on the MTR Snowbus Shuttle that operates on weekends during winter months.
Southeast of Seattle, Crystal Mountain is Washington state’s largest ski area with 2,300 skiable acres and over 50 runs including multiple bowls for snow boarders. The varied terrain offers beginner to expert trails including one challenging and questionable exit ramp marked by double black diamonds. Snow birds of any level will enjoy the jaw dropping views of Mt. Rainier.
For winter sports near Spokane visit the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park for 2,000 vertical feet including tree skiing in eastern Washington. Mt. Spokane State Park offers trails for cross-country skiing or if travelling with Fido try your hand at Skijoring. Breath in crisp mountain air among gorgeous vistas while you and your dog work together to navigate the trails.
Spectator Sports get ready to round the bases when it comes to spectator sports. Washington state is home to the major league NFL team the Seattle Seahawks, the only NFL franchise in the Pacific Northwest. With three Super Bowls under their belt and a win in 2013, their fans (known as the 12s) rival those of the Kansas City Chiefs in the record for the loudest crowd noise at a sporting event. Take in a game at Century Link Field and experience the raucous enthusiasm for yourself.
The Seattle Mariners provide more than just an exciting game of American League baseball. A game at Safeco Field is filled with fun for the whole family. Fans belt out ‘Louie Louie’ after the seventh inning stretch, a tradition that began in 1985 in an unsuccessful attempt to make it the official song of Washington. Hydroplane races can be viewed as extra entertainment on the jumbotron screen and select lucky fans receive ‘rally fries’ French fries from the broadcasters that are supposed to trigger a winning play or rally from behind.
If hockey is your chosen sport the evergreen state is home to the Seattle Thunderbirds, a major junior ice hockey team in the city of Kent, just south of Seattle. The ShoWare Center hosts this Western Hockey League team and draws in support from families in the local community and visitors to the Seattle area from September to March every year.
Soccer is also big in Washington state. The Major League Soccer men’s team, the Seattle Sounders share Century Link Field with the Seattle Seahawks and won the MLS cup in 2016. The women’s team, Seattle Reign plays at Memorial Stadium which also doubles as a concert venue in the heart of the city. Wins by Seattle Reign include two consecutive NWSL Shield wins in 2014 and 2015.