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Guide to Washington’s Ski Resorts

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If you’ve never been skiing in Washington state, you’ve missed out! Check out our amazing mountains, terrain parks, skiing and boarding runs! Green to black, we have it all.

The Summit at Snoqualmie
Summit East: 490 Hyak Drive, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
Summit Central: 2181 State Route 906
Summit West: 1001 State Route 906
Alpental: 17701 Alpental Access Road
http://www.summitatsnoqualmie.com

Situated less than an hour from Seattle and composed of four unique base areas, The Summit prides itself on convenience and diversity of terrain. There are four skiing areas under the Summit’s umbrella on Snoqualmie Pass. Summit Central boasts diverse terrain for every ability level. From an award-winning top-to-bottom terrain park to black diamond and beginner runs, you’ve got it all at Central. Summit West, known for its convenient family fun and great learning terrain by day, truly comes to life at night. Whether it’s fresh corduroy or fresh pow, West is the place to catch first tracks for night skiing. Summit East is open for weekend skiing. Two newly installed chairlifts provide access to 150 acres of skiing and riding, including 65 acres of new terrain last accessible over 20 years ago. And Alpental, a legend in its own right for over 40 years, is home to some of the most challenging, adrenaline charged and breathtaking terrain in North America. When you’re ready, Alpental is waiting for you! With eight different eating places on the mountains, including the tubing center, you’ll never want for a place to grab a hot cocoa, burger or beer. There’s plenty of activities – a tubing center, nordic skiing and snowshoeing, boarding, skiing, equipment rentals, group and individual lessons and more. Check it out at http://www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.

Stevens Pass Winter Resort
Summit, US Hwy 2,
Leavenworth, WA 98288
206.812.4510
http://www.stevenspass.com

78 miles east of Seattle on scenic U.S. Highway 2, up the Skykomish Valley, in the beautiful “Cascade Loop”. Stevens Pass started over 70 years ago, and has become one of the Northwest’s premier resorts, offering 10 lifts, over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain, 37 primary runs, and at the heart — an intimate base village surrounded by our three day lodges. Like its founders, the resort’s team members are passionate about the sport, their environment and the service they provide. Eight dining experiences, from casual to full service, are at your fingertips, as well as shopping, ski rental and lessons. A terrain park with plenty of jibs, boarding and skiing with green to black runs that will challenge any level skier or boarder.

Crystal Mountain
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd
Enumclaw, WA 98022
360-663-2265
http://www.crystalmountainresort.com

Getting ready to celebrate 50 years, Crystal is the largest ski area in Washington, with over 2,600 acres and over 50 runs. Only 90 minutes from Tacoma and about two hours from Seattle, the resort is located in Enumclaw. Crystal Mountain boasts high-speed lifts, terrain expansion, new dining facilities, day lodge renovations and most recently the addition of the Mt. Rainier Gondola. A total of 11 chairlifts and a gondola ensure you’ll spend less time resting and more time enjoying the slopes. It’s good if you’re hungry, because there’s lots to choose from. Ethnic dishes at the mid-mountain Campbell Basin Lodge, gourmet Northwest cuisine at the Summit House Restaurant and delicious pub fare at the Bullwheel. Don’t want to sit down? Grab a burger or slice of pizza at the Cascade Grill, or a light snack from Glacier Express Window and new Chinook Café which also offers espresso. If you’d like to stay overnight, there are three lodging options that Crystal partners with. Check out their website at http://www.staycrystal.com.

Mt Baker Ski Area
56 miles east of Bellingham on State Hwy 542 – take exit 255 from I-5
360.734.6771
http://www.mtbaker.us

Mt Baker is located at the end of Highway 542, at the edge of the wilderness. The fascinating views and remoteness lend itself to an appreciation of the mountain environment. You’re nearly guaranteed snow during ski season, the highest average annual snowfall of any resort in the world is at Mt. Baker, with 641 inches (53.4 ft)! It is required by State Law that you carry chains in your vehicle from November until April on your drive to the mountain. The lifts at Mt. Baker are not named – they are referred to by number. All are fixed grip quads that do not feature safety bars or footrests. Chairs 3 and 4 access the same point from different sides of the mountain using a continuous loop of cable (haul rope); there is a mid-station at the top for unloading only. White Salmon Lodge and the newly renovated Raven Lodge will serve up hearty meals, delicious snacks and microbrews. There are no overnight accomodations at the mountain, so you’ll need to make your plans in nearby Bellingham, WA. There are lots of group, family and individual lessons available and the family-friendly atmosphere make it a challenging adventure for everyone.

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