It’s the middle of winter. There’s nothing more fun to do on a snowy winter’s day than to break out the snow gear and head to the slopes. Seattle and the surrounding areas offer a variety of mountainous locations perfect for all skill levels and experience. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular winter destinations near Seattle to help you choose your best option this winter.
Alpental has been open for over 40 years. In that time they have become legendary, and for good reason. Although it is one of the smaller ski areas, it has most of The Summit at Snoqualmie’s advanced runs. These cliffs make up the state’s toughest runs and have become internationally known.
2. Crystal Mountain
With its breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and its highly variable terrain, Crystal mountain’s got a little something for everyone. In the 2,600 acres of accessible slopes there is a little bit of everything: from well-groomed slopes for beginners and challenging chutes, steeps, bowls and glades for more advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Although Stevens Pass is mostly for intermediate to expert skiers, there are a few beginners runs. The snow conditions are unbeatable and the two terrain parks are suitable for shredders of all skill levels.
4. The Summit at Snoqaulmie
Just 45 minutes east of Seattle, this area offers varied terrain for all levels of experience. It features a pipe, black diamond downhills, top to bottom terrain parks, as well as beginners runs. With a convenient location and a veritable cornucopia of things to do on the slopes, The Summit at Snoqaulmie should be anyone’s vacation destination.
5. Mission Ridge
Located on the east side of the cascades, this set of peaks is the result of volcanic activity. With over 2,000 acres of bowls chutes, glades, and downhills, not to mention tons of sun and dry snow, Mission Ridge is one of the best spots to go to the snow in Washington.