The mountains around Seattle offer the opportunity to ski for a day or a whole weekend. Choose from this selection for your next ski trip!

Summit at Snoqualmie

Travel time: 1 hour

Along I-90 and only an hour away from Seattle, Snoqualmie is an excellent family ski resort! While slopes are not very steep, the mountain provides an excellent ski experience for children and seasoned skiers alike. Looking for a retreat after a long day at the office? Snoqualmie offers night skiing too.

Snoqualmie main areas: Summit Central, East, West, and the steep slopes pf Alpental.

On the other side of the I-90, Alpental offers a variety of more challenging tracks suited for advanced skiers, including the Back Bowls.

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stevens is one of the most popular ski spots in Washington State. Experts and beginners can enjoy the many trails that Stevens Pass offers with its 10 high-speed chairlifts. For non-skiers, you can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants in the lodge. Stevens also offers night skiing almost every day of the week in winter.

The lodge is easily accessible but be warned that the car parks fill up before sunrise on the weekends and doesn’t clear out until the end of the live music shows offered at the Foggy Goggle bar on weekends. The bar hosts a variety of free shows on Friday after 6:00 pm for all ages and on Saturday for adults 21 and older.

Crystal Mountain Resort

Travel time: 2 hours

Crystal has 10 chair lifts and the only gondola lift (with room for 8 people) in Washington. Weather permitting, Crystal has one of the best views of Mount Rainier. The resort is large, and the slopes are varied—Crystal is undoubtedly one of the ski destinations you shouldn’t miss!

Plan to arrive early to get a parking spot. There are few options for lodging, but it is close enough to Seattle that you can make it a back within the day.

Mount Baker Ski Area

Travel time: 2 hours 45 minutes

The snowfall records at Mount Baker are often double those of other Northwest ski resorts. Ski enthusiasts and students from Bellingham University come and enjoy the affordable ski pass packages offered at the resort.

Owned by local businesses since its inception in 1953, the Mount Baker has resisted pretense and continues to woo snowboarders with the annual Legendary Banked Slalom competition (February).

Mission Ridge Ski Resort and Board Resort

Travel time: 3 hours

The Ridge and Board ski slopes are practically in located in Wenatchee, located only 20 minutes away from the city’s suburban neighborhoods. The slopes are often sunny, and the view of the Columbia River Valley is breathtaking.

The Resorts will undergo an expansion that will add acres of beginner terrain and new lifts in the next few years. But for now, the charming runs offer some unique surprises—like a terrace on the edge of the slope or an airplane wing left by a B-24 bomber, now mounted above the Bomber Bowl.

White Pass Ski Area

Travel time: 3 hours

The tracks of this station extend towards the desert of Goat Rocks. Widely frequented by residents of South Sound and Yakima (50 km), White Pass was expanded in 2011 to provide a wide variety of trails for all levels of skiers.

White Pass also hosts a large number of events, such as the Winter Carnival, which offers ideal winter festivities for the whole family.

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

Travel time: 3 hours 15 minutes

The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area is located in the Olympic National Park, 27 km south of Port Angeles, Washington. It’s a surprise that Olympic National Park is home to a ski resort!

With two small cables and a Poma ski lift, Hurricane Ridge is reminiscent of the ski resorts of the past. The resort offers winter panoramas unmatched in the Pacific Northwest—from the top of the ski slope, you can view Vancouver Island up close.

Hurricane Ridge is a small, family-oriented ski area, offering residents and visitors a quality winter sports experience without the high cost and congestion of most ski areas.

Whistler Blackcomb British Columbia-Canada

Travel time: 4 hours 15 minutes

You can go to Canada for skiing but crossing the border can take time. Don’t forget your passport!

Located in the spectacular mountains off the coast of British Columbia and just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favorite destination year-round. Not to mention, the drive from Vancouver and Whistler is beautiful.

Whistler was remolded to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2010. The Olympic rings are still there, along with the facilities provided for the games. Whistler is an easily walkable, luxury resort that offers a variety of restaurants and cuisines.

Besides snow sports, Whistler also has a golf course, hiking trails, and one of the best mountain bike parks in the world.

For more distant ski trips:

Mount Hood

Travel time: 4 hours,

Mount Bachelor Ski Resort

Travel time: 6 hours

Sun Valley Resort

Travel time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Sun Peaks Ski Resort

Travel time : 5 hours 30 minutes

49° North Mountain Resort

Travel time : 6 hours


Travel time : 5 hours 30 minutes