2004 | Washington slopes

Winter’s near, so wax those skis and pray for snow

November 6, 2005 

There is more to skiing and boarding in Washington than the Cascade ski areas.

For as little as $10, you can try the tame slopes of mom-and-pop ski hills like the Leavenworth Ski Hill and the Sitzmark Lifts near Tonasket.

For less than $40, you can ride the snow at inland Washington’s most popular resorts – Mount Spokane and Chewelah’s 49 Degrees North – and sneak into Canada and Idaho’s panhandle for even better skiing while you’re at it.

For $860, you can hop aboard an A-Star helicopter at Mazama’s North Cascade Heli Skiing and take your pick of hundreds of hard-core untracked lines.

Or for $2,500, you can become a member at the state’s first private mountain on Stevens Pass. Cascade Powder Cats is selling memberships to a 2,000-acre resort with no chairlifts. Instead, skiers will ride SnowCats up the hill for 3,000-foot drops.

Of course, the big six – Mount Baker, Crystal Mountain, Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, the Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass – overshadow the rest of the state for a reason. They’re convenient, and each offers something a little different.

You’d have to spend two weeks on the road to get a sampling of everything Washington has to offer.

Whether you’re up for that challenge or just want to pick and choose the best spots for a few family getaways, you’ll find the guide for making your plans at the following Washington Resorts.

WASHINGTON SKI RESORTS
1. Crystal Mountain
2. The Summit at Snoqualmie
3. White Pass Ski Area
4. Stevens Pass
5. Mission Ridge
6. Mount Baker
7. 49 Degrees North
8. Bluewood
9. Cascade Powder Cats
10. Echo Valley
11. Hurricane Ridge
12. Leavenworth Ski Hill
13. Loup Loup Ski Bowl
14. Mount Spokane
15. North Cascade Heli Skiing
16. Sitzmark Lifts

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