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Snow Sports in Washington
Washington is home to a number of sprawling national forests and state parks, most of which encompass some extraordinary ski areas.
Set in central Washington, the Wenatchee National Forest is a 1,735,394-acre playground encompassing the Washington Cascades and scenic cities like Chelan, Wenatchee, and Leavenworth.
The Echo Valley Family Ski Area is home to 70 skiable acres for your winter travelers. Beginners, take advantage of ski and snowboard lessons available at Echo Valley, while advanced skiers tackle the 3,900-foot top elevation.
Just past the city of Wenatchee, the Mission Ridge Ski Area features more than 1,000 skiable acres, 36 runs, and a great terrain park. Night skiing is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mission Ridge, so be sure to try something new in Wenatchee.
Northwest of Wenatchee sits the beautiful city of Leavenworth, home to the Leavenworth Ski Hill – featuring tubing, snowboarding, and alpine and Nordic skiing. Head to Bunny Hill – where seniors and children 4-years-old and under ski for free – or try some night skiing. Also set in the Washington Cascades, the White Pass Ski Area features 45 runs across 1,400 skiable acres just west of Yakima.
Found in eastern Washington, just north of the Spokane metropolitan area, the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is yet another impressive ski area in the Evergreen State. Found within the Mount Spokane State Park, this ski area features 45 runs on 1,425 skiable acres. Night skiing is available, as well as tubing, lessons and rentals – all accompanied by the many attractions of Spokane.
For those of you not looking to head downhill, try cross-country skiing at the beautiful Iron Horse State Park. This 1,612-acre park features the Iron Horse State Park trail – passing through Cle Elum in central Washington just south of the Wenatchee National Forest. And set in the Puget Sound, the snowy Mt. Baker Ski Area is set near Bellingham on 1,000 skiable acres.
Summit at Snoqualmie
Plan your next ski vacation for Washington and head for the Summit at Snoqualmie. Southeast from the Seattle metro area and a short drive from nearby Auburn, the Summit at Snoqualmie is most easily accessed from I-90. Serving the skiing population in Washington since the winter of 1967, the Summit at Snoqualmie consists of four base areas.
In the first ski season at the Summit at Snoqualmie, there was a total of three lifts and five rope tows. Today, the Summit at Snoqualmie features 18 chair lifts, and six surface lifts. There are 62 total runs across nearly 1,900 skiable acres. The longest run at the Summit at Snoqualmie is the International, measuring in at 1.2 miles in length.
Loup Loup Ski Bowl
With a top elevation of over 5,000 feet, the Loup Loup Ski Bowl is located in the Methow Valley of Okanogan County, near Omak, in the Washington Cascades region. Loup Loup boasts 550 acres of skiable area and is known as a safe and relaxed environment with short lines and inexpensive food.
Skiers of all skill levels benefit from group and private lessons, while advanced skiers and snowboarders compete as part of the Loup Loup Alpine Race Team in special events like the Annual Wolf Chase Race. During warmer months, Loup Loup’s Bear Mountain Nordic trails host a range other events, including the Methow Cycle Sport Mountain Challenge.
As one of the top skiing destinations in the state of Washington, Crystal Mountain sees thousands of locals and visitors swooshing down its slopes each winter. South of the Seattle metro area and a short drive from nearby Auburn, Crystal Mountain is situated along the northeastern ridge of Mount Rainier. You can access Crystal Mountain easily from State Route 410.
With 57 runs spread across nearly 2,600 skiable acres, Crystal Mountain has the kind of real estate ideal for your next ski trip in Washington. The lift system consists of 10 chairs, one magic carpet, and one gondola. Crystal Mountain has been serving skiers since the winter of 1962. Enjoy up close and personal views of the alpine wilderness surrounding Crystal Mountain on a guided snowshoe tour.
Echo Valley Family Ski Area
Featuring 70 skiable acres, the Echo Valley Family Ski Area is located in Manson within the Wenatchee National Forest of the central Washington Cascades region – just northeast of Leavenworth and Wenatchee.
Featuring a top elevation of 3,900 feet, the Echo Valley Ski & Tubing Area offers three rope tows, a four-lane tubing hill, and a 1,400-foot Poma Lift. Established in 1917, Echo Valley is a major source of winter recreation in the Lake Chelan Valley.
Leavenworth Ski Hill
Operated by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, the Leavenworth Ski Hill is set in the Cascades Region of central Washington. An intimate ski area, the hill is located close to Leavenworth near the Wenatchee River – all in the Wenatchee National Forest.
The Leavenworth Ski Hill features two downhill ski hills and over 16 miles of cross-country ski trails – plus a ski jump and tubing hill. Other activities two rope tows, and the nearby Bavarian Village – a quirky historic area dedicated to German heritage.
Mt. Baker Ski Area
A 1,000-acre ski area, the Mt. Baker ski resort in set in the Puget Sound region of northern Washington. Just over an hour from Bellingham on State Route 542, Mt. Baker Ski Area features 31 runs – and receives roughly 641 inches of annual snowfall.
Mt. Baker visitors are welcome to the White Salmon Base Area and Heather Meadows Base Area. With a top elevation of 5,089 feet, and a vertical drop of 1,589 feet, Mt. Baker is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – November through April.
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
Located northeast of Spokane in Mt. Spokane State Park, the Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park boasts of more than 1,400 skiable acres. Those ready for winter-time fun have plenty of options on the ski area's 45 varied ski runs.
The terrain park is a popular area for Spokane snowboarders and skiers to practice their best jumps and tricks. Once at the top of the summit, step inside the Vista House, built in 1933, to warm your toes by the stone fireplace. For those new to the sport, visit the ski school and equipment rental office in Lodge 2, to get things started. The fun continues into the night on the 16 lit night runs, so schedule plenty of time for it all.
White Pass Ski Area
Set on US Highway 12, the White Pass Ski Area is located within the Washington Cascades in south-central Washington – just 50 miles west of Yakima. Featuring a 2,000-foot vertical drop, and a top elevation of 6,500 feet, White Pass offers 45 runs across 1,400 skiable acres.
White Pass Washington is open daily from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the ski season, and featuring night skiing during the holiday season. Ski through the Wenatchee National Forest at the White Pass Nordic Center, and enjoy two onsite terrain parks.