Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest
Downhill Ski Areas

The Pacific Northwest is all about mountains and mountains are all about skiing. There are over 100 established ski areas in the Northwest. Discover information on winter recreation and ski resorts by exploring this page. Under each state is a brief description on skiing and links to the ski areas within that particular state.

British Columbia

BC is a world-class winter getaway with well-known resorts like Whistler-Blackcomb. Whether its downhill, cross-country or heliskiing, it's easy to see why BC is a popular winter recreation destination. Click on the links to find more information about skiing and ski areas of British Columbia.

Idaho

Idaho is home to 18 alpine ski areas spanning over 15,000 acres of skiing terrain, 46 different Nordic ski areas and 7,200 miles of snowmobile trails. The legendary ski resort, Sun Valley, once the favorite of celebrities, is located in the middle of the state. Silver Mountain, located 45 miles from the state's northwest border, enjoys the benefits of two mountain peaks, both of which tower more than 6,000 feet in elevation. Farther south is Brundage Mountain Resort, a favorite for powder lovers and backcountry skiing. Click on the links to find more information about skiing and ski areas of Idaho.

Montana

Montana is considered a haven for both Nordic skiing and backcountry snowshoeing. The recreation areas span from border to border and are conveniently located near many cities and major transportation systems. There is a wide range of terrain from private ski resorts to US Forest land trails for the Nordic skier. Click on the links to find more information about skiing and ski areas of Montana.

Oregon

Most ski areas in Oregon are located along the Cascade Mountains. Nestled along the slopes of Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hoodoo are some of the best ski areas the Northwest has to offer. Alpine, Nordic and night skiing, as well as snowboarding parks, are an easy drive from major cities. On and off site accommodations are available at most of the ski areas including some winter camping. Click on the links to find more information about skiing and ski areas of Oregon.

Washington

Skiers have been enjoying the prime snow conditions and awesome vistas in Washington state. The largest ski area in the state is Crystal Mountain, located southeast of Tacoma near Mount Rainier National Park. Other popular ski destinations are Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, 49 North on Chewelah Peak north of Spokane, Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass northwest of Leavenworth. Click on the links to find more information about skiing and ski areas of Washington.

Related Web Sites

Your Guide to Snowfall
Tony Crocker's passion for skiing and record keeping has resulted in this site which indicates where and when is the best time to ski. This is the Pacific Northwest link.

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