Best Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Washington

This list represents the most popular backcountry skiing & snowboarding in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington backcountry skiing & snowboarding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Granite Mountain


Granite Mountain is that gleaming bulk across Interstate 90 from Humpback Mountain. This is the premier tour in the Snoqualmie Pass area because of its huge south-side runs of varying difficulty, its…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
North Bend, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 8 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Muir Snowfield


The broad, low-angle southern apron of Mount Rainier rises from Paradise at 5,440 feet to Camp Muir at 10,060 feet. Early season tours (October to November) offer the best combination of snow conditi…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Longmire, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 9 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Icicle Ridge


“Icicle” is an interpretation of the native word “nasikelt” meaning “steep-sided canyon.” The ridge forming the northern boundary of Icicle Canyon is indeed steep-sided, but by climbing it lengthwise…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 14 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Ingalls Peak


Ingalls Peak lies 2 miles west of Mount Stuart in a scenic, easily accessible area. Crowded in summer, the area is less populous in winter—the snow cover markedly diminishes the number of visitors.…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Cle Elum, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 11 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Mount Pilchuck


Mount Pilchuck is the western outpost of the Cascades between Mount Baker and Snoqualmie Pass. Its forested southwestern slopes and summit are clearly visible from Everett and, to a lesser degree, Sea…
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Granite Falls, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Heather and Maple Passes


Rainy Pass is the entry point for a number of tours accessible from the North Cascades Highway. This area is far enough east to offer an alternative to west-side tours made risky due to bad weather.…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Mazama, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 7 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Diamond Head


The high point of US 97 between US 2 and Interstate 90 is called “Swauk” by the USFS and “Blewett” by WSDOT. While the terrain near here does not offer large-scale descents, the snow quality and bette…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Liberty, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Silver King


Directly south of the Crystal Mountain ski area are three basins: Silver, Campbell, and Crystal. Slopes in these basins provide fine skiing. Silver Basin is now fully incorporated into the Crystal Mou…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Greenwater, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Mount Saint Helens


Mount Saint Helens is an ideal winter tour because it is accessible, large, and wonderful. It is a good tour for snowboarders—gullies and wind scoops make perfect half pipes, and you can descend the f…
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Cougar, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 8 miles
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#10. Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge)


Heather Ridge is the mountain directly across US 2 from the Stevens Pass ski area. It is unmarked on Green Trails maps. Heather Ridge is sometimes called Skyline Ridge, perhaps after Skyline Lake, a s…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Skykomish, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3 miles
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#11. Chowder Ridge


Chowder Ridge offers a wild, scenic approach and excellent early and late-season skiing over moderate terrain. In good weather, spectacular views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan and the American Border Pe…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Glacier, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 10 miles
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#12. Silver Peak


Silver Peak was among the first of the Snoqualmie peaks to be climbed on skis and remains a popular objective. A scenic approach, suitable for skis or snowshoes, can be made from the Hyak/Pacific West…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
North Bend, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 8 miles
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#13. Big Chief Mountain


Big Chief Mountain is the high point of the ridge radiating northeast from Tyee–Mill Creek saddle at Stevens Pass ski area. A brief passage through the ski area elevates the backcountry skier above th…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Skykomish, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 7 miles
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#14. Three Fingers


Three Fingers and its companion, Whitehorse, are an unmistakable sight to the east from the flatlands near Everett. The gleaming Queest Alb Glacier leads to the saddle between South and Middle Finger,…
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Granite Falls, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 13 miles
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#15. Humpback Mountain


Humpback Mountain rises 3,000 feet above the Interstate 90 corridor, but its public face doesn’t display its virtue. It is the southwest shoulder that sometimes offers reasonable skiing in spring cond…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
North Bend, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 9 miles
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#16. Goat Rocks


Goat Rocks is the glaciated massif visible to the southeast from the Muir Snow field. This area accumulates large amounts of snow. As late as Memorial Day, the area is still locked in the grip of wint…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Packwood, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 17 miles
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#17. Big Jim Mountain


Big Jim Mountain is a tall, relatively gentle peak on the northeast corner of Icicle Ridge. The initial portions of the approach are steep. But even if you don’t make a summit attempt, the larch basin…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 14 miles
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#18. Alpine Lookout


Alpine Lookout lies 2.5 miles northwest of Round Mountain, the eastern end of Nason Ridge. Although this tour has a long approach, the descent is fairly fast because it is all downhill, and moderate i…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 18 miles
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#19. Chiwaukum Mountains


This approach to the Chiwaukum Range makes sense because it provides access to the heart of this high range via a scenic if lengthy approach. And there is parking, unlike the Coulter Ski Trail approac…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 16 miles
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#20. Cashmere Mountain


Cashmere Mountain is another enigmatic giant of the Cascades: tall, beautiful, and remote. Because of its location, the mountain, named after the region in Asia, does not host many alpine enthusiasts.…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 18 miles
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