Regional Ski Resorts

There are many excellent locations to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities in a resort environment. Facilities range from world-class (Whistler) to smaller, rustic locations (Baker).

Below are the major resorts in the region, new ones added as I discover them.





 Summit at Snoqualmie

 
Popular for its proximity to Seattle more than ideal terrain, it's just an hour east of Seattle on I-90.
 Location and map:  Take I-90 to Snoqualmie Pass, exits 52, 53, or 54, depending on what part of the mountain you are accessing.


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 Driving distance from Seattle:
 Under 60 miles, depending on where in Seattle you start from. I-90 is a well-maintained freeway, making access fairly easy.
 Public transportation options:
 The Seattle Ski Shuttle provides service on weekends and for night skiing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more in-depth information, see this excellent article from the Seattle Transit Blog.
 Link to current conditions:
 The main conditions page, with links to grooming and lift reports
 Link to park map:  The interactive mountain maps for Summit and Alpental can be viewed here.
 Link to pricing:
 Daily ticket pricing is available here.
 Night skiing?
 Yes


Stevens Pass

Another popular location relatively close to Seattle, it's about 2 hours to the northeast on Highway 2.
 Location and map:  From Seattle, head to Highway 2, either via I-5 to Highway 2 (at exit 194) or via 522/Lake City Way from I-5 or I-405. Both ways take roughly the same amount of time.


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 Driving distance from Seattle:
 About 80 miles, and with normal traffic and the one-lane roads, expect a 2.5 hour trip.
 Link to current conditions:
 The latest conditions and snow report can be found here.
 Public transportation options:
 Options are somewhat complicated for Stevens, see this excellent article from the Seattle Transit Blog for a description of the various options.
 Link to park map:
 Several maps for Stevens Pass and Mill Valley (aka the backside) can be found here.
 Link to pricing:
 Stevens also uses an RFID Card to serve as a lift ticket. Daily lift ticket prices are summarized here.
 Night skiing?
 Yes

   Mission Ridge

Haven't been to this one yet, it's a smaller resort in Wenatchee, a little beyond Steven's Pass.

  Location and map:  From the north part of Seattle, it's probably fasted to take I-5 to Highway 2 and go beyond Stevens Pass. From the south, probably faster to go I-90 to 97 to Highway 2.


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 Driving distance from Seattle:  Roughly 140 miles, I would expect at least a three-hour drive from Seattle
 Public transportation options:  The Mission Ridge Ski Shuttle will connect you to the mountain from Wenatchee to the slopes. You can take Amtrak or a bus to Wenatchee from Seattle.
 Link to current conditions: The current conditions and snow report for Mission Ridge are consolidated on this page.
 Link to park map: The resort map is available here.
 Link to pricing:  Daily lift ticket prices are here.
 Night Skiing?
Typically available only on Saturday nights, check here for the particular dates.

Crystal Mountain

 This is the largest ski area in Washington, and in my opinion, one of the best. With the addition of a gondola, the experience gets even better. Plenty of terrain for all levels, and close to Tacoma and Seattle. 

Keep in mind, this is not a place to come for solitude and short lift lines. Witness this recent example where people were actually turned away because the parking lots were full. That said, it's always a fun experience, just plan to come early.
 Location and map:  Crystal Mountain is located a few miles off Highway 410 in Mt Rainier National Park, the drive out is very scenic, but one-lane most of the way. Roads are generally kept quite clear.


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 Driving distance from Seattle
 Roughly 80 miles from downtown Seattle, expect a two-hour drive, add 30 minutes or so if there's heavy traffic.

The driving directions page is here.
 Public transportation options:
 The Seattle Ski Shuttle provides service on weekdays.

For more in-depth information, see this excellent article from the Seattle Transit Blog.
 Link to current conditions:
 The weather conditions and lift status for Crystal Mountain can be found here.
 Link to park map:
 The trail maps for Crystal can be found here; they also have an app with the map and gps location so you can see exactly where you are at.
 Link to pricing:
Daily ticket pricing can be found here, as well as links to reload your existing GO card and avoid the lines (ticket lines can be long on busy weekends).
 Night skiing?
 Night skiing is not available at Crystal


 
Mt Baker

It's a slightly longer drive, and more rustic, but this low-key resort in northern Washington is more than worth it.
 Location and map:  The Mt. Baker Ski Area is 50 miles east of Bellingham on Hwy 542:


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 Driving distance from Seattle
 About 2.5 hours from Seattle; head north on I-5 to exit 255 (Hwy 542). Follow 542 about 50 miles to the resort.

 Link to current conditions:
 The snow report and other key information can be found here.
 Link to park map:
 Find the links to the ski maps here.
 Link to pricing:
 The daily lift ticket pricing can be found here.


Mt Hood Meadows

The closest Oregon resort, a very fun place to ski, good terrain, prices and access.
 Location and map:  Mt Hood Meadows is about 70 miles east of Portland, Oregon:


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 Driving distance from Seattle
 There's two routes you can take, either via Hwy 26 or via a long I-84 route. Both are nice routes. Get there from Seattle via 5 to 205 to 84. About 250 miles or a 4-5 hour drive.
 Link to current conditions:
 The current conditions can be found here.
 Link to park map:
 The trail map can be found here.
 Link to pricing:
 The lift ticket information is here.
 Night skiing?
 Yes


Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

The premier venue in the region. A must-visit in my opinion; there's a reason it was an Olympic venue.

For information on summer activities, see the Whistler mountain biking page.
 Location and map:  Whistler BC, is about 80 miles north of Vancouver:


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 Driving distance from Seattle
 It's about 3 hours to Vancouver, plus border wait time, then another hour or two to Whistler. Assume about 5 hours total.
 Link to current conditions:
 The snow report summarizes the key conditions.
 Link to park map:
 The excellent interactive trail map can be found here.
 Link to pricing:
 It's expensive here, but worth it. Lift ticket pricing and options can be found here.
 Night skiing?
 Night skiing is not available at Whistler.


Big Sky, Montana

My absolute favorite place to snowboard. This gigantic resort is frequently without lift lines and even at peak season, maybe means a two-minute wait.

And in addition to Big Sky, directly connected is Moonlight Basin, nice in it's own right.  Combined passes, aka 'Biggest Skiing in America', are available.

On the way back to the Bozeman Airport, you can stop off at the Bridger Bowl for inexpensive local skiing or snowboarding.
 Location and map:  Big Sky is located about an hour south of Bozeman, Montana.


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 Driving distance from Seattle
 About 700 miles depending on where you start from, plan on a 12-hour drive. There are daily flights on Alaska Airlines as well.
 Link to current conditions:
 The current conditions page has all the info you need.
 Link to park map:
 A high-resolution map of the Eastern Exposure is here and the Southern Exposure is here.
 Link to pricing:
 Lift ticket pricing is here; quite a bargain compared to other resorts.
  

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