Best Ski Mountain
We are currently well into the current ski season and many outdoor fanatics are on the hunt to find the best slopes. Whether you’re after powder, steepness, or lack of people there are lots of options here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With several major ski and snowboarding areas you could ski a different area every weekend and not get bored and that’s not even including the backcountry world.
The first major mountain that comes to mind for many people is Crystal Mountain. This mountain is around two driving hours away from Bainbridge and reaches almost 7,000 feet in elevation. They have everything from Greens to grueling double blacks and side country options. Their current mountain update says that all fifty-seven out of fifty-seven trails are open and the snow type is powder. At the base of the mountain they have sixty-nine inches of snow, while the summit has an impressive hundred and ten inches. This year hasn’t been especially good or bad compared to the mountain’s history for perspective. There is also a restaurant at the top of the mountain that you can take the gondola to if the multiple lodges aren’t your thing. Just make sure to get up there early though because since it’s popularity causes runs to get skied out fairly quickly.
Another major ski area for Washington residents is Stevens Pass which is just over 4,000 feet at the summit. Their current snow conditions are variable with almost all trails open and all ten lifts running. At the base they have ninety-six inches while the summit has 122. While they have more snow than Crystal the quality is often not as good since they aren’t as high up. While it’s still a great place expect heavier snow and variable conditions throughout the mountain.
A final popular ski area is Snoqualmie and Alpental. Located just 45 minutes from Seattle it’s extremely convenient to reach. Snoqualmie includes four ski areas within one pass, Summit West, Summit East, Summit Central, and Alpental. Alpental is the most difficult and features the highest elevation at 5,420 feet and has the highest vertical in all of Washington. The snow is described as ‘spring’ conditions and at the base there is 114 inches and 193 at the top. However, it is a small mountain so be prepared to ski your favorite runs a few times! If snowboarding and skiing aren’t your thing Snoqualmie also has a tubing hill with multiple hills to sled down. There are also several restaurants to eat at if you just want to go up for lunch and some fun in the snow.
Washington is filled with many more ski areas than I listed but these are just a few of the most popular. Wherever you go just be prepared to have loads of fun and be thankful that we live in a place that offers so many great winter adventure opportunities!