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It’s Downhill From Here

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

It’s ski season and if the weather’s good Washington’s northern latitude and mountainous terrain can boast snow sports in more than a dozen places.  Today we’re inventorying the snowy slopes where people downhill ski, cross country ski and snowboard.  The level of facilities and services vary widely among them, so by all means do some further research on a specific destination before you load all your toys into your studded-tire equipped 4×4.  As a start, though, we’ve listed the locations, elevation range, and number of ski lifts for all the top spots.

The northernmost ski area? Sitzmark.  The southernmost? Bluewood.  The highest at the top? Crystal.  The lowest at the base? The Summit at Snoqualmie — which, by the way, is a combination of four ski areas: Summit West, Summit East, Summit Central, and Alpental.

Notes about the list: The nearby cities in our list below are intended to give you simple points of reference.  The actual ski areas are often quite far away from any town.  Use the latitude and longitude for closer approximations, but even those are rounded to four digits.  The elevations for the top and base of each ski area are shown in feet.  The number of ski lifts represents the sum of chairs, surface lifts, and tow ropes.  We’ve ranked the entire list by that ski lift figure because it gives a good indication of the size, development, and use of each ski area.

Stay warm!

SKI AREAS IN WASHINGTON

Ski Area & Website Nearby City Latitude/Longitude Elevations (top/base)
Ski Lifts
Summit at Snoqualmie North Bend
47.4214,  -121.4123
5400 / 2610 24
Crystal Mountain Resort Enumclaw 46.9281,  -121.4800 7010 / 3910 11
Mt Baker Ski Area Bellingham 48.8573,  -121.6601 5090 / 3500 10
Stevens Pass Ski Area Skykomish 47.7445,  -121.0898 5850 / 5600 10
White Pass Ski Area Packwood 46.6376,  -121.3903 6500 / 4500 8
Mission Ridge Ski Area Wenatchee 47.2915,  -120.3993 6820 / 4570 6
49 Degrees North Mountain Resort Chewelah
48.3035,  -117.5644
5775 / 3920 6
Mt Spokane Ski Area Spokane 47.9216,  -117.0966 5890 / 4200 5
Echo Valley Chelan 47.9361,  -120.0550 3900 / 3000 4
Badger Mountain Ski Area Waterville 47.6127,  -120.1298 3800 / 3000 3
Hurricane Ridge Port Angeles 47.9710,  -123.4950 5500 / 4800 3
Loup Loup Ski Bowl Okanogan 48.3938,  -119.9115 5280 / 4040 3
Bluewood Ski Area Dayton 46.0829,  -117.8512 5670 / 4545 3
Sitzmark Lifts Tonasket 48.8605,  -119.1654 4950 / 4300 2

SOURCE:  Notes and maps in my collection, with additional references and updates from the individual ski area websites.

PHOTO by Florian Lindner.

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