Seattle: Great Ski and Snowboard Resorts are Close to the City

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 10, 2009 5:01 pm

Stevens Pass- Photo Courtesy of Getty Images 

The city of Seattle is known for Starbucks, alternative music, and alot of rain.  But, eventually, fall turns to winter and that rain turns to snow.  And when that snow falls, it’s time to hit the slopes–and what most people probably don’t know is that many of the best Washington state ski and snowboarding areas are within a short drive of the city.  

The Snoqualmie Resort is 45 minutes east of Seattle, and is one of the more popular places for skiers, as there are four main base areas and hundreds of acres of terrain.  There is also a large superpipe, which attracts a great amount of snowboarders as well.  

Crystal Mountain is the largest of all of the Washington state ski areas, and is just a little further from Seattle than Snoqualmie is.  The resort caters to skiers and snowboarders of every level, as shuttles provide access to backcountry skiing.  However, the majority of the runs are for intermediate skiers.  

If you would like to travel farther out from Seattle, Stevens Pass (above) and Hurricane Ridge are both options.  Stevens Pass is a large and popular ski and snowboard resort that has terrain for every level of skier, and Hurricane Ridge is a smaller area that is in the Olympic National Park.  

So for all of you winter enthusiasts up in Seattle–once that snow turns to rain, get your skis and boards ready and head to any of these resorts for a great mountain experience!