There are 10 ski areas in western Washington State, nine in the Cascade Range and one in the Olympic Range on the Washington Peninsula. Western Washington ski areas are listed below, followed by a link to REI discount ski tickets for states across the country. Three more Washington State ski areas not listed here are in the eastern part of the state, closer to the city of Spokane.
For western Washington ski resorts, we list adult ski lift ticket prices and the cost of a regular season pass, followed by different ways to get discount tickets for individual 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 with ID, night skiing (if available), and other discounts.
Many ski areas also offer snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and tubing at much lower rates than alpine skiing.
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.
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 Ridge are usually mentioned by skiiers as the ski areas with the best powder snow.
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. Regular tickets: One-day heli skiing begins at $1200pp. 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $50. Adult season passes are $499. Ski ticket discounts: mid-week, half-days, children, 5th graders, students, seniors, military, corporate, family, and lower mountain (poma + rope tow. 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $61. Adult season passes are $790. Ski ticket discounts: mid-week, half-days, children, 5th graders, seniors, military, family, and beginner chair. 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $89. Adult regular new season passes are $599. Ski ticket discounts: advance online purchase, youth, seniors, military, <100 days of snow, Cascadia Pass add-on (3 days Stevens, 3 days Crystal). 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $89. Adult regular new season passes are $699. Ski ticket discounts: advance online purchase, partner ski shop purchase, off-peak (most weekdays), 4-hour flex, 4- or 6-day pack, night time (after 4pm), 5-night pack, 5th graders, youth, seniors, learning area, early bird pass, college student pass, military pass. REI discounts: A $20 lifetime REI membership gets you special offers and discounts at Stevens Pass; for details REI ski resort discount information. 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $80, includes gondola rides. Adult regular new season passes are $950. Ski ticket discounts: off-peak (most weekdays), youth, senior, beginner chair, night time, spring skiing pass, single gondola ride for non-skiers, Cascadia Pass add-on (3 days Stevens, 3 days Snoqualmie). 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. Regular tickets: Adult full day skiing/snowboarding tickets are $19. Individual season pass is $210. Ticket discounts: afternoon (1PM), 2-day tickets, youth, senior, family, business pass, lifetime passes. Tubing and snowshoeing 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $62-$66. Adult regular new season passes are $799. Ski ticket 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. Regular tickets: Adult all-day weekend/holiday tickets are $69. Adult regular new season passes are $589. 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
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. All-day ticket prices for adults are $34. Adult season passes are $225. Ski ticket discounts: half-days, intermediate lifts, bunny lifts, non-profits, and groups of 10 or more. Elevation: 4800’-5500’, 10 trails, 3 lifts.
REI ski lift ticket discounts
Enjoy discount tickets at ski resorts around the country with your REI membership. A $20 lifetime REI membership gets you special offers and discounts on outdoor gear, ski lift tickets, and more.
For a list of offers from ski resorts across the country, visit the REI ski resort discount information.
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