8 Must-Visit Ski Resorts Near Seattle: Your Ultimate Winter Guide

8 Ski Resorts Near Seattle Worth the Drive

Nestled in the lush landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle serves as a gateway to some of the most captivating ski resorts in the region. Whether you're carving down powdery slopes or soaking up stunning mountain vistas, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences for skiers and snowboarders. We've put together a list of eight ski resorts near Seattle, ranked from closest to furthest from the city, and rated based on our personal experiences.

Additionally, we've included a map of each ski area and links to their current conditions. So, gear up and explore the best ski escapades the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

I really believe in my heart that that first turn you make on a pair of skis is your first taste of total freedom, the first time in your life that you could go anywhere that your adrenaline would let you go. And I show that in my films. I didn’t preach it. But once you experience that freedom — I’d personally narrate that show over 100 times a year — and I came to the conclusion that man’s search for freedom is embedded in our genes. That’s what everybody wants.

Warren Miller

SKI RESORTS NEAR SEATTLE

 

1. STEVENS PASS MOUNTAIN RESORT

stevens pass ski area

TRAVEL TIME:  1 HR 35 MINUTES

1,125-acre winter sports area with 37 runs, terrain park & night skiing

I have been skiing at this resort since I was in 6th grade and taking the ski bus up on Saturday mornings and have skied every inch of this place.  If you are looking for a great place to day or night ski Stevens Pass is the closest.  They offer a ton of runs from tow rope, to easy, intermediate, hard and super hard and even some backcountry and trail runs for the more adventurous.

 THE MADRONA GROUP RANK:  3RD

2. THE SUMMIT AT SNOQUALMIE

snoqualmie pass

TRAVEL TIME:  1 HR 37 MINUTES

1,981-acre ski area covering 4 peaks, offering 20+ lifts, terrain parks, & many restaurants & bars.

I have skied Snoqualmie a handful of times and always enjoy myself there.  It is very close to town and has a good assortment of runs.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANK:  4TH

3. LEAVENWORTH SKI HILL

leavenworth ski hill

TRAVEL TIME:  2 HR 17 MINUTES

Seasonal outdoor recreational facility for nordic & alpine skiing, tubing, snowshoeing & biking.

Leavenworth is probably not your destination if you are a downhill skier or snowboarder.  It is a great place to get on the snow if you want to take the family tubing, or you are a cross-country skier.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANK:  8TH

4. CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT

crystal mountain

TRAVEL TIME: 2 HR 22 MINUTES


Soaring mountain peak with over 2500 acres of groomed ski trails, plus a lift & resort amenities.

Definitely worth the extra hour of driving every once in a while to take advantage of the slightly better snow conditions.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANK:  2ND

5. MT BAKER SKI AREA

mt baker ski area

TRAVEL TIME: 2 HR 24 MINUTES

Expansive ski resort offering a wide range of trails for all levels, lessons, rentals & restaurants.

This is my favorite local ski resort.  The snow conditions are almost always pretty good and there are a ton of different runs.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANKS: 1ST

6. HURRICANE RIDGE SKI AREA

hurricane ridge ski area

TRAVEL TIME: 2 HR 56 MINUTES

It is a small, family oriented ski area, offering to residents and visitors alike a quality winter sports experience, without the high cost or congestion of most ski areas.

I have only skied here once and it was a fun day but not a destination ski resort.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANKS: 6TH

7. MISSION RIDGE SKI AND BOARD RESORT

mission ridge ski

TRAVEL TIME:  3 HR 11 MINUTES

Sprawling winter sports area in a 2,000-acre basin with 4 chair lifts & 36 designated runs.

I have skied Mission Ridge the second most in the state, but not because of snow conditions.  We just take little trips across the mountains and then ski there.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANKS:  5TH

8. ECHO VALLEY SKI AREA

Echo Valley Ski Resort

TRAVEL TIME:  3 HR 37 MINUTES

A small family-friendly ski resort located in the Lake Chelan area of Washington State.

I had to check this ski resort one time while I was in Chelan.  Again, it is not a destination but we had fun for the day.

THE MADRONA GROUP RANKS:  7TH

Embracing the Spirit of Skiing:


As Warren Miller poetically stated, the freedom and exhilaration felt on that first ski turn is incomparable. These resorts near Seattle embody this spirit of adventure and freedom. Whether you're looking for adrenaline-pumping runs or tranquil moments in the mountains, there’s a ski resort nearby to fulfill your desires.

Before setting off on your skiing adventure, always check the latest ski conditions and resort policies, especially considering changing weather and regional guidelines. Each resort offers its unique charm and challenges, so choose one that matches your skiing style and experience level.

Happy skiing, and may you find your sense of freedom on the slopes of the Pacific Northwest!

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