Outdoors

2006 | A peek at what awaits on Washington’s slopes

If you spent a day at each of Washington’s ski areas, you’d be on the road for 21/2 weeks.

Whether you are looking for the ultra-steep slopes of a place like Crystal Mountain’s backcountry or you’re bargain shopping for a gentle learning hill like Hurricane Ridge, you can find it in Washington.

In Eastern Washington you can take a trip back in time at Mount Spokane and 49 Degrees North. Those resorts have 1,800-foot vertical drops, yet still offer lift tickets for less than $40.

In Leavenworth, you can use the state’s only Nordic ski jump for $10 per day.

And if you are looking for something that will test your nerve and lighten your wallet, you can go snow cat skiing with the Cascade Powder Cats on Stevens Pass for $395 per day.

Not adventurous enough? Head to Mazama and North Cascade Heli-Skiing, where you’ll be assured of hard-core, untracked lines for $900 per day.

Then again, you, like most local skiers and boarders, might choose to never travel farther east than Wenatchee and stick to the Cascades’ big six resorts. Mount Baker, Crystal, Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, the Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass offer enough to keep most happy all season.

Whether you are looking for steep and deep or groomed and flat, in the pages that follow you’ll find the information you need along with insight from local experts who know the hills inside and out.

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