There are 13 Washington State ski areas, 10 in the West and Central parts of the state and 3 in the East:
- Nine ski areas in the Cascade Range nearest the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.
- One ski area in the Olympic Range on the Washington Peninsula.
- Three ski areas in the eastern part of the state, closer to the city of Spokane.
For each ski resort, we list adult daily ski lift ticket prices and the cost of a regular season pass, followed by different ways to get discount tickets for daily tickets or passes (most often for weekdays, youths, seniors, and half-day or late arrival). Other discounts may be offered for ticket packages or group purchase, military, night skiing (if available), and special events, sponsorships (Toyota, Pepsi, etc.), or other discounts.
If you plan to ski regularly or take ski lessons, buy a season ski lift pass in advance as early as possible for biggest savings. Some ski ticket passes go on sale as soon as the season ends in March or April. Many other season passes go on sale in fall, September to November.
Some ski areas also offer snowshoeing and Nordic (cross-country) skiing trails, and tubing play areas at much lower rates than those for alpine or downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Especially for the more remote areas, there are often lodging packages, so look for links to these on the individual ski area websites.
When traveling to any Washington State ski area, always check WSDOT Mountain Pass conditions and be prepared for winter driving. To check snow conditions, visit https://www.onthesnow.com/washington/skireport.html.
We’ve update this list for 2019-2020. Since advance purchase is often one way to save on ski lift tickets, be sure to confirm pricing before you buy or head to the slopes.
Cascade Mountain Ski Areas
Cascade Mountain Range ski areas are listed roughly going north to south, by driving distance from Seattle.
Hurricane Ridge, located in the Olympic Mountains on the Washington Peninsula is listed in the next section, followed by the Spokane area ski resorts in the eastern (and southeastern) part of the state.
Generally, ski terrain is more rugged in the north Cascades or at higher elevations. Snow is drier at higher elevations and/or on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountain Range. Mt. Baker and Mission Ridgeare usually mentioned by skiiers as the ski areas with the best powder snow, as well as Bluewood in the eastern part of the state.
North Cascade Heli (NCH) in Mazama, WA is located 5 hours east/northeast of Seattle via I-90 (or from the north via US-2) and US-97. Note that the northly route via I-5 and US-20 (aka North Cascades Highway) is typically closed due to avalanche dangers from mid-November to mid-April. NCH offers the highest elevation skiing in Washington State.
- North Cascade Heli regular ski tickets: One-day heli skiing begins at $1,300pp. Nothing discount here. Elevation: 5300’-8200’.
Loup Loup Ski Bowl is located 4½ hours east/northeast of Seattle via I-90 and US-97, between the towns of Twisp and Okanogan. The ski area is operated under special use permit with the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest.
- Loup Loup regular ski tickets: Adult daily $55.
- Loup Loup ski ticket discounts: passes purchased before November 1 are $410. Loup Loup passes include a number of free days and discounts at other ski area in and outside Washington State. Other discounts include mid-week, half-days, family passes, and lower mountain (poma + rope tow), plus the typical discounts for children, students, seniors, military, and corporate. Elevation: 1220’-5280’, 10 trails, 3 lifts, 300 skiable acres.
Mt. Baker Ski Area is located 2½ hours north/northeast of Seattle via I-5 Exit and SR-542. The ski area is within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, operated under a permit granted by United States Forest Service.
- Mt. Baker regular ski tickets: Adult daily $63 and season pass $794.
- Mt. Baker ski ticket discounts: Advance purchase discount $718 by September 30, or $755 by November 2. Other discounts: mid-week, half-days, family, and beginner chair, plus discounts for children, 5th graders, seniors, military. Elevation: 3500’- 5089’, 31 trails, 10 lifts, 1000 skiable acres.
Summit at Snoqualmie Pass and Alpental is located 1 hour east/southeast of Seattle via I-90 composed of four unique ski areas offering a huge diversity of terrain.
- Snoqualmie/Alpental regular ski tickets: Prices vary by day and demand, and are subject to change daily. Unlimited season pass $559.
- Snoqualmie/Alpental ski ticket discounts: Use online ticket store to find all-day ticket deals. Discount on passes include restricted areas, mid-week, college, and Nordic. Other discounts for half-day, night skiing, 2-day ticket, or beginner area. Plus discounts for youth, seniors, military, <100 days of snow. Elevation: West 765’-3765’, Central 1025’-3865, East 1100’-3710’, Alpental 2280’-5420’. Total: 62 trails, 24 lifts, 1981 skiable acres.
Stevens Pass is located 2 hours east/northeast of Seattle via I-405, SR-522, and US-2. Situated on the crest of the Cascade Range, the ski area straddles two national forests: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie on the west side of the crest and Wenatchee National Forest on the east.
- Stevens regular ski tickets: Adult daily $89, Stevens season pass $429, Epic pass $969 (includes 17 ski areas).
- Stevens ski ticket discounts: purchase daily tickets online 7 days in advance for best price. Other ways to save include partner ski shop purchase, off-peak (most weekdays), 4-hour flex, 4- or 6-day pack, night time (after 4pm), and 5-night pack, plus 5th graders, youth, seniors, learning area, early bird pass, college student pass, military pass. Elevation: 4061’-5845’, 37 trails, 10 lifts, 1125 skiable acres.
Crystal Mountain is located 2¼ hours south/southeast of Seattle via I-5, SR-18, SR-164, SR-410, in the eastern shadow of Mt. Rainier (with some killer views from the top of the ridge). It is the largest ski resort in Washington State. The ski area operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
- Crystal regular ski tickets: Adult daily $80 and Ikon multi-resort season pass $729 – $1,049.
- Crystal ski ticket discounts: Buy passes before 10/17. Other discounts: off-peak (most weekdays), youth, senior, beginner chair, night time, spring skiing. Elevation: 4400’-7002’, 57 trails, 11 lifts, 2300 skiable acres.
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club (LWSC) is located 2½ hours east/northeast of Seattle via I-405, SR-522, and US-2 (30 minutes past Stevens Pass). LWSC is a great family play option offering an alpine ski area with two rope tows, ski jumping hill, tubing hill, and 26 kilometers of Nordic (cross-country) trails.
- LWSC regular ski tickets: Skiing and snowboarding adult daily $22 and season pass $250.
- LWSC ski ticket discounts: Season passes on sale through October 31. Other discounts: Afternoon (1PM), 2-day tickets, youth, senior, family, business pass, lifetime passes. Tubing, snowshoeing, and sledding are separately priced. Discount for tubing & skiing ticket purchased together. Elevation: 1200’-1400’, 2 trails, 2 lifts.
White Pass is located 3¼ hours south/southeast of Seattle via I-5, WA-512, WA-7, and US-12, on the southeastern side of Mt. Rainier.
- White Pass regular ski tickets: Adult daily $69 and season pass $899.
- White Pass ski ticket discounts: Save on passes before Oct 31. Other discounts: e-ticket multi-day packages, youth, 3rd graders, senior, beginner area, night skiing. Elevation: 4500’-6550’, 40 trails, 8 lifts.
Mission Ridge is located 3½ hours east/southeast of Seattle via I-90, US-97, and US-2, on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains.
- Mission Ridge regular ski tickets: Adult daily $75 and if still available, season passes are $659. Season pass sale begins March 1 until sold out.
- Mission Ridge ski ticket discounts: youth, children <10 with paying adult, senior, family, 3-day (reloadable), late arrival (12pm), night time, military, beginner chair, rope tow, groups of 15 or more. Elevation: 4570’-6820’, 36 trails, 6 lifts, 2000 skiable acres.
Olympic Mountain Ski Areas
We could not confirm prices for Hurricane Ridge for 2018-2019 as their (apparently new) website has no pricing information and many of the pages bring up nonsense language.
Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is located 3½ hours north/northwest of Seattle via I-5, the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, and SR-104 to the Olympic National Park. It is one of only a few remaining lift operations in the National Parks (the others are Badger Pass in California’s Yosemite National Park and Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park). Rising a mile high, Hurricane Ridge features stunning Pacific Northwest winter vista. The National Park charges an entrance fee, $15 per car, or purchase a yearly pass for $30. Weather dependent, the road generally opens to uphill traffic at 9am and closes to uphill traffic at 4pm.
- Hurricane Ridge regular ski tickets: Daily adult $40 and season pass $270.
- Hurricane Ridge ski ticket discounts: half-days, intermediate lifts, bunny lifts, non-profits, and groups of 10 or more. Elevation: 4800’-5500’, 10 trails, 3 lifts.
Spokane & Eastern Washington Area Ski Areas
(Listed north to south)
49 Degrees North is located 330 miles east of Seattle via I-90 and WA-231 and 60 miles north of Spokane via US-395, in the heart of the Colville National Forest. Spokane International Airport and for small planes the Chewelah Municipal Airport/Sand Canyon airport.
- 49 Degrees North regular ski tickets: Adult daily $65, season pass $850.
- 49 Degrees North ski ticket discounts: 4-pack and 6-pack, limited (select days), youth, child, student, military, senior, and corporate. Other discounts: Ace Hardware Stores Mega Monday half-price coupon. TwoFer Tuesdays two lift tickets for the price of one. Alaska Air/Horizon Air Discount. Ski & Stay lodging packages that include lift tickets are available at participating resorts, motels, and RV parks.
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park operates within Mt. Spokane State Park located 310 miles east of Seattle via I-90 and WA-206 and 30 miles north of Spokane via US-2 and WA-206. In addition to Nordic skiing, the park offers snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and year-round camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking trails, berry picking, and more.
- Mt. Spokane regular ski tickets: Adult daily $62, season pass $679.
- Mt. Spokane ski ticket discounts: pre-season purchase, half-day, nighttime, mid-week, youth, child, student, military, family pack (20 tickets).
Bluewood is located in the southeastern part of Washington, miles southeast of Seattle and miles from Yakima. Bluewood is known for clear skies, more than 300 inches of light, fluffy, smoke-dry powder snow, and a wide variety of terrain.
- Bluewood regular ski tickets: Adult daily $50, season pass $588.
- Bluewood ski ticket discounts: advance purchase, child, student, senior, military, family pass, Vintner’s Ridge and Cat Skiing (ungroomed terrain), Pepsi 2-for-1 Thursdays, Toyota Ski Friday January 17.
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