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Washington has been a magnet for skiers for decades. From as early as the beginning of the 19th century, skiers have been drawn to the Northwest for its prime snow conditions and awesome vistas. Locations such as Mt. Baker, an active volcano that has been used as a winter recreation area since the 1920s and receives more than 600 inches of annual snowfall a year, can attest to the draw of the virgin slope. So can Crystal Mountain, southeast of Tacoma near Mount Rainer National Park, which dedicates more than half of its trails to intermediate skiers and is the largest ski area in the state.
Finding the right slope in Washington is often simply a matter of looking out one's window. Just about every geographic area of the state has a winter recreation spot on which to test skis or snowboard. Hurricane Ridge, in the Olympic National Park continues to gain notoriety as a small weekend ski destination, while 49˚ North on Chewelah Peak, north of Spokane, offers a full complement of trails for the experienced and novice Alpine skier. The Summit at Snoqualmie, between Seattle and Ellensburg at Snoqualmie Pass, boasts prime facilities for the experienced snowboarder. Steven's Pass, northwest of Leavenworth, began more than 50 years ago with a homemade tow system and is now considered a top ski and board destination. Like many ski areas in Washington, it offers accommodations and dining facilities and is within a couple of hours drive from city shopping and attractions.
Nordic skiing locations range from publicly funded sno-parks, to trails on the backside of ski areas. Prime backcountry tour opportunities in Washington include heli skiing and boarding, mountain climbing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass by Martin Volken. Just an hour east of Seattle, Washington, Snoqualmie Pass provides easy access to rugged glaciated mountains with deep snow and terrain for anyone with strong intermediate to expert skiing skills. Swiss mountain guide, ski mountaineer, and author Martin Volken supplies information on twenty-eight single-day and multiday excursions. Order now...
Snowshoe Routes Washington, 3rd Edition (Mountaineers Books) by Can Nelson. This guide features 100 routes categorized in nine sections, and information on camping options, parking, dog-friendly routes and avalanche risk. Color photographs and at-a-glance icons are also included. Order now...
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes In Washington: Description of Mountaineers Books 100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes In Washington by Rainer Burdorfer. More than 100 routes and tours for intermediate to advanced alpine and Nordic skiers and snowboarders, Burgdorfer's guide is the definitive reference for the Cascade region. Order now...
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