Ski Resorts in Washington

Sprinkled across the Cascades between Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, Washington’s ski areas are well known for their varied conditions. While Seattle’s rainy winters can bring an average annual snowfall of 595 inches to the west, a drier climate east of the Cascades brings, not surprisingly, drier powder.

Crystal Mountain, 76 miles southeast of Seattle, remains Washington’s only destination alpine skiing resort. With 50 named runs and a base lodge to accommodate 700, confident skiers will love the thrilling expert in-bound piste, plus the extra 1,000 acres of backcountry. Stevens Pass, on the crest of the Cascade Range, receives abundant powder and, with 37 major runs, is an excellent option for the family or intermediate skier. Given ample praise for its quality of snow, Mission Ridge’s 35 trails have arguably the greatest number of options for all levels. What this resort lacks in luxury (with only four double chairlifts and a modest base lodge) it makes up for with its location and sun. Then of course, there’s The Summit at Snoqualmie Pass, with four alpine ski areas to choose from. Only a 40-minute drive from Seattle, The Summit is home of the famed International run, widely considered the longest (2,200 feet) and most exciting in the state.


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