Seattle Ski Resorts

Seattle Ski Resorts
Seattle has long been a popular residence and destination for mountain adventurers, due to its proximity to the Cascades. On a clear day, you can see the majesty of Mount Rainier (14, 411 feet) 54 miles to the south, which, although so far away, dominates the vista. While Washington state doesn't have the preponderance of ski areas that Colorado and Utah do, there are several locations for avid skiers that are not too far from the city of Seattle.

Summit at Snoqualmie

Summit at Snoqualmie is the closest ski area to Seattle, just 40 miles east on Interstate 90. The resort consists of four different mountains: Alpental, Summit West, Summit Central, and Summit East. The resort offers night skiing. Snoqualmie first came into existence in 1937 with the opening of what was then called Snoqualmie Summit, now known as Snoqualmie West. The next to open was Summit East, then Summit Central, and finally Alpental, whose runs were originally scouted by legendary Seattle mountaineers Jim and Lou Whittaker. The four areas were finally combined into one resort in 1997. Alpental has the highest elevation at 5,450 feet and a vertical rise of 2,310 feet. Summit West has a vertical drop of 765 feet, Summit Central a vertical drop of 1,025 feet, and Summit East a vertical drop of 1,100 feet. Together, the four mountains have 26 lifts and 1,916 acres of skiing, of which 600 are for night skiing. The resort has 14 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, and 41 percent expert terrain. It averages 435 inches of snowfall per year.

Summit at Snoqualmie
1001 State Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
(425) 434-7669


Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain, located on the northeast area of Mount Rainier National Park, is the largest ski area in Washington. First opened in 1962, the area has expanded to offer 2600 acres of skiing. It's base elevation is 4,400 feet and the summit is at 7,012 feet, offering a maximum vertical drop of 3,100 feet. No night skiing is available. Crystal has 57 named trails, of which 11 percent are beginner, 54 percent are intermediate, and 35 percent are expert. Northway is the longest run at 2.5 miles. There are 11 lifts total, and the resort averages 367 inches of snowfall per year.

Crystal Mountain
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd.
Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
(360) 663-2265

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass is located 78 miles northeast of Seattle on U.S. Highway 2. The resort first opened in the winter of 1937 to 1938. Stevens Pass offers a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. Its base elevation is at 4,061 feet and its summit is at 5,845 feet. The area receives over 450 inches of snowfall per year. Stevens has 1,125 acres of skiable terrain on 37 trails, as well as several open bowls, and offers night skiing. The terrain offers 11 percent beginner, 54 percent intermediate, and 35 percent expert.

Stevens Pass
Summit Stevens Pass, U.S. Highway 2
Skykomish, WA 98288
(206) 812-4510



Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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