Skiing is an exhilarating sport that can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including small children. Whether you’ll be sticking to the bunny slopes or carving the black diamonds, these slopes have something to offer for skiers of all abilities. From the rope tow to the zipper line, kids can learn the fundamentals of skiing while honing their skills and gaining confidence. From the Snoqualmie to Mount Baker and from Crystal Mountain to Hurricane Ridge, these are the best ski slopes for kids near Seattle.
The Summit At Snoqualmie 
1001 State Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
(425) 434-7669
www.summitatsnoqualmie.comLocated only 40 minutes east of Seattle, the Snoqualmie resort features 62 ski runs and is open seven days and six nights per week. The Summit at Snoqualmie first opened in 1967 and it is a favorite skiing venue for family members of all ages. Snoqualmie’s Summit West is known for its beginner-friendly terrain, which is perfect for families who are hitting the slopes together. The early childhood development program at Summit West also offers daily ski lessons for children ages four to 12 during weekends and on holidays. Summit Central provides a wide variety of terrain, while Summit East features black diamond slopes and some of the best tree skiing in the state.

Crystal Mountain 
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 663-2265
www.crystalmountainresort.comCrystal Mountain, which first opened its ski slopes in 1962, has been delighting skiers of all ages and abilities for decades. The resort has 57 ski runs and it is the largest ski resort in Washington state. The resort features the Kids’ Club at Crystal Mountain, a program created for children ages four to 13. This program provides young skiers the foundation they need to become confident, skilled skiers and snowboarders. The Kids Club has daily availability and features programs for snowboarders ages seven to 13 and skiers ages four to six and seven to 13.

Stevens Pass 
Summit Stevens Pass, US Highway 2
SkykomishWA 98288
(206) 812-4510
www.stevenspass.com/siteLocated 37 miles east of the bavarian city of Leavenworth, Stevens Pass has 37 ski runs and features downhill skiing, cross country skiing and night skiing until 10 p.m. The ski slopes at Stevens Pass first opened in 1937, and in the 78 years since, countless skiers have carved up the powder on these slopes. Stevens Pass has ski programs for children ages three to 12, including group and private lessons. Stevens Pass also has a “Learn-In-3 Guarantee” that entails equipment rental for three days, a beginner lift ticket and two-hour lesson for skiers aged 13 and older.

Mt. Baker
1420 Iowa St.
Bellingham, WA 98229
(360) 734-6771
www.mtbaker.usLocated in a relatively remote area north of Seattle, the Mt. Baker ski area receives the highest average snowfall for any resort worldwide, with more than 53 feet falling annually. With so much fresh powder, it’s no wonder that this ski area is such a popular skiing destination. Mt. Baker’s 31 ski runs have a generous distribution of easy, intermediate, and difficult ski runs. Mt. Baker is also the perfect place for children to learn how to ski: the KOMO Kids Program for children ages seven to 15 helps young skiers of all ability levels develop the skills and confidence to hit the slopes safely and with enthusiasm for this sport. The KOMO Kids program focuses on fun, safety and basic skills in a supportive social environment.

Hurricane Ridge 
Hurricane Ridge Road
Olympic National Park, WA 98362
(360) 565-3131
www.hurricaneridge.comLocated in picturesque Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge features year-round fun and adventure for the entire family. Hurricane Ridge, which has 10 ski runs, can be accessed from Port Angeles, and this family-oriented ski operation is open to skiers of all ages and abilities for three days each week. Hurricane Ridge’s multi-week children’s programs provide children with continuity of learning, as students have the same coach for every lesson. And if young skiers become “all skied out,” take a break and go tubing in the ski area’s designated tube run.

Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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