Ski resorts and snowshoeing trails in Washington


Washington Ski Resorts

Ski Resort Driving Distance from Seattle Description
Stevens Pass 2 hours Off Highway 2 in a perfect sweet spot in between the snowiest mountains. Gets crowded on weekends with snowy conditions, so plan to arrive before the lifts start running to secure a parking spot in the primary lot.
Crystal Mountain 2 hours The best close-up view of Mt. Rainier I've ever had. Has to be a sunny day though.
Mt. Baker 3 hours My favorite no-frills resort. A little further from Seattle but worth it with a cabin rental for the weekend.
Snoqualmie 1 hour I taught snowboard lessons here for a winter. It's a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard and improve your skills. Conveniently only an hour east of Seattle.

Washington Snowshoe Trails

Trail Total Distance/ Elevation Description
Skyline Lake 3 miles/ 1,100 feet The trailhead is at the Stevens Pass ski resort parking lot. This is a bit steep for a casual snowshoe excursion but the views of the frozen lake are worth it.
Tonga Ridge 8 miles/ 1,200 feet This trail is a bit hard to find in snowy conditions. I'm not confident we even found it but had a great time snowshoeing on fresh powder around here.
Source Lake 5 miles/ 1,000 feet This is a trail in Snoqualmie that leads to a beautiful lake.