Looking for the best powder in the Northwest? With the right amount of terrain and elevations, you won’t be disappointed all winter long as you ski the best resorts Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have to offer, including parts of British Columbia. With a long ski season, the best time to start exploring these ski and snowboard sanctuaries is right now; so here for you today is information on the 10 best ski and snowboard mountains in the Northwest, in no particular order:
White Pass, White Pass, Washington
Point the skis downhill as you gaze upon the majestic views of Mount Rainier from the slopes at White Pass. The local mountain for Yakima residents, this resort isn’t the biggest, but with the recently added “Paradise Basin” and Nordic Center, White Pass is on the map for awesome ski destinations.
- Day Pass / Season Pass : $55(online) / $799
- Vertical Drop: 1,500+ feet
- # of Lifts: 8
The Summit at Snoqualmie & Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
In 1997, a large ski resort company combined the four different Snoqualmie ski resorts into one. And the result: four mountains to choose from with your lift ticket, and over 2,000 ski-able acres to make tracks on. Conveniently located right off the interstate, this winter wonderland does see some traffic, but there is plenty of room for everyone to play.
- # of Lifts: 24
- Vertical Drop: 1,100 feet
- Snow Deal: “Big S Season Pass” $599.00 (includes 5 days to Crystal Mountain)
Mount Bachelor, Bend, Oregon
Go to Bend, Oregon for the mountain and the mountain culture. And there’s a reason for it; with the highest skiable elevation in Oregon and Washington (9,065 ft.), the snowbirds in Bend have no trouble finding elevation. And with a November to May average season, there’s plenty of chance to practice your turns.
- Mountain Terrain: Ability to ride 360° down the summit = 3,700 accessible acres
- Vertical Drop: 3,365 feet
- Day Pass / Season Pass : $59 / $1,049
Steven’s Pass Ski Resort, Skykomish, Washington
Blessed with a lot of snow and 1,800 feet of vertical drop, Steven’s pass is open early in the season and is ready to give you the powder. Unknown to some of its skiers, Steven’s Pass has won numerous awards from the National Ski Areas Association due to their extreme attention towards environmental stewardship.
- # of Lifts: 7
- Day Pass / Season Pass: $69 / $799
- Season Pass Perk: free skiing at 11 other western parks
Sun Valley Ski Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho
Aptly named, when you ski Sun Valley expect to get a tan as well. Conveniently located in a geographical heat bowl, Sun Valley gets good snow and the entire town is centered on good mountain living. And with two mountains to choose from, Bald & Dollar, the steep season passes will lead to steep slopes and plenty of action.
- Day Pass / Season Pass: $69-$99(depending on the time of year) / $2,000
- Top Elevation / Base Elevation : 9,150 feet / 5,750 feet
- # of Lifts: 12
Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Mount Hood, Oregon
Using a special permit with in the Mount Hood National Forest, Meadow Ski resort is the ideal destination for all the Portlanders who are only 90 minutes away. With a wide variety of terrain and big mountain views, this summit will keep you skiing new routes all winter long.
- Day Passes / Season Pass : $74 / $799
- Skiable Acreage (Day / Night) : 2,150 / 140
- Total # of Runs: 85
Whistler / Blackcomb Ski Resort, British Columbia, Canada
This massive ski resort is any snowbird’s winter paradise. With 2 massive mountains with more runs and back country than you can get at in a season, plus a few glaciers, Whistler Blackcomb doesn’t come cheaply. But fork out the dough for lodging and lift tickets, and you will consider forgoing sleep to see what snow you can find next. And did I mention that there is a peak to peak gondola between the two mountains?
- Day Passes / Season Pass : $89-$109(pre-purchase) / $1,899
- Runs: 200 marked, 8,171 acres, 3 glaciers, 16 alpine bowls
- Longest Run: 7 miles
Crystal Mountain, Enumclaw, Washington
Located in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, this epic destination resort offers amazing views of the mountain itself and the surrounding Cascade Range. And having recently undergone major renovations, Crystal Mountain is an experience of its own without the skiing. But, don’t go for the shopping, instead, go for the 2,600 acres of in-bound skiing and unlimited out of bounds play with Crystal’s “open boundary policy”.
- # of Lifts: 10 + 1 Gondola
- Daily Passes / Season Passes : $55-$74 / $899 – $999 (Chairs Only, Includes Gondola)
- Vertical Drop: 3,100 feet
A northwest gem of a mountain, located east of the Cascades, Mission Ridge’s slogan is “small mountain vibe, big mountain terrain.” And with 4 lifts and season passes as low as $499, you get the small mountain vibe as you become familiar with the lift operators. But with 2,000 acres and a 2,250 foot vertical drop, the skiing to be had at Mission Ridge makes you wonder why you haven’t been there before.
- Weather: “A little higher, a little drier, with about 300 days of sunshine a year”
- # of Marked Trails: 54
- Day Pass: $35
Schweitzer Ski Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho
Schweitzer Ski Resort is home to Idaho’s only 6-person lift. And besides a massive lift seat, Schweitzer offers 92 marked trails and breathtaking view of three separate mountain ranges, Canada, and three states. Spend the day at Schweitzer, or the season, and find the fresh powder that the Idaho geography provides.
- Day Passes / Season Pass : $71 / $999
- Skiable Acres: 2.900
- Nordic Center on Site Included with Season Pass