Washington State Ski Resorts may be one of the better-kept secrets in the skiing industry. While many folks chase Aspen and skiing in Colorado, Washington State Ski Resorts share the same topography as their cousins across the border in beautiful BC. That means skiers/snowboarding junkies in Seattle don’t have to make the four-ish hour drive to Whistler Blackcomb to get their fix of epic powder.
In fact, each of these Washington State Ski Resorts is within 150 miles of Seattle – less than a 3 hour drive for many powder hounds in the Emerald City. If you’re looking to hit the slopes in the Evergreen State, these ski resorts are keepers, and would give many an Aspen hill a good run for the money.
Washington State Ski Resorts Within 150 Miles of Seattle
1 – Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
At the base of Mt Rainier, Crystal Mountain is one of the better-known Washington State Ski Resorts. There’s a good reason for that – Crystal Mountain packs over 2,600 skiable acres with 10 chair lifts and an 8 person gondola in a package wrapped up with a bowtie and some of the best views of Mt Rainier you’ll ever see. It’s also the biggest ski resort in the state. Just a two hour drive from Seattle and Bellevue, Crystal Mountain is a good one.
Distance From Seattle: 83 Miles
Official Website: www.crystalmountainresort.com
2 – Mt Baker Ski Area
OK, we’re getting a little far from Seattle here. But with an average 600 inches of snow each season, you can’t ignore Mt Baker Ski Area. Size counts in many places, and snowfall is one of them when you’re a Washington State Ski Resort. Think powder days, folks, with roughly 150 skiable days each year on 1000 acres and runs for skiers of pretty much any skill level. About an hour north of Bellingham, and within spitting distance of British Columbia, Mt Baker is up there with the best ski resorts this side of the Rockies.
Bonus Points: I can see Mt Baker from where I’m writing this in Victoria BC. I know you totally care about that.
Distance From Seattle: 132 Miles
Official Website: www.mtbaker.us
3 – The Summit At Snoqualmie
Can’t say I can see The Summit at Snoqualmie from the comfort of my housecoat and slippers, but we’ll let that slide when talking about the best Washington State Ski Resorts. With four resorts under ‘The Summit’ banner (which includes Summit East, Summit Central and Summit West), this is the closest ski resort to Seattle. It’s also a good one, located within the Mt Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest area that packs stunning winter terrain and almost 2000 skiable acres. It’s also got 50 KM of groomed Nordic ski trails leading out of the resort.
If The Summit and Mt Baker had an arm wrestle, the latter would win thanks to all that powder, but The Summit’s close distance to Seattle would help it seal the rematch.
Distance From Seattle: 52 Miles
Official Website: www.summitatsnoqualmie.com
4 – Stevens Pass
We can’t talk about Washington State Ski Resorts near Seattle without Stevens Pass. Well, we could, but that would suck – Stevens Pass spans three sides of two different mountains good for 1,200 skiable acres and an average 450 inches of snowfall each winter. Can you say P-O-W-D-E-R? That and 10 high-speed chairlifts, a wide variety of ski runs for each skill level and excellent dining options should put Stevens Pass on your radar. Now stir in a little night skiing nearly each day of the week and you can see why Stevens Pass is one of the better Washington State Ski Resorts.
Distance From Seattle: 82 Miles
Official Website: www.stevenspass.com
5 – White Pass Ski Area
We’ve already talked about one ski resort near Mt Rainier. Here’s the other – White Pass Ski Area is within 25 miles of Rainier’s peak and just 50 miles from Yakima. There’s a whole lot going on at White Pass, starting with 1,500 skiable acres served by six chair lifts and two rope tows. Ever heard of Winter Carnival? That’s held here at White Pass and the often family-oriented winter parties that follow. Whether you ski or party, there’s a little something at White Pass for everyone who wants to put a little chill in their winter.
Distance From Seattle: 112 Miles
Official Website: www.skiwhitepass.com