When winter rains descend upon Seattle, many residents have just one gleeful though on their minds: Ski season. The cold season in Washington may mean days and days of gray skies—but, with so many powderful mountains to choose from nearby, the city’s notorious precipitation also has its perks.
The easiest-access slopes from Seattle are the four areas that make up the Summit at Snoqualmie resort: Summit West, a perfect place for beginners, Summit Central and Summit East, which have a good mix from bunny slopes to double blacks, and Alpental, famous for having some of the steepest runs around. A bit further afield, Crystal Mountain, nestled on the northwest edge of Mount Rainier National Park, is home to quality runs within the resort, prime backcountry, and, atop the Mount Rainer Gondola, some of the most spectacular views. The variety of Crystal’s terrain is sure to keep all levels of skiers and boarders entertained.