Notorious for fresh powder and world-class terrain, the Pacific Northwest is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for winter sports enthusiasts. Whether you’re a neophyte, a pro, or simply looking to ride the magic carpet and snow tube (honestly, who isn’t?), there’s a slope calling your name. To make your planning easier, we rounded up some of the best spots to ski near Bothell.
Snoqualmie is a gem–and just a stone’s throw away from Bothell making it the perfect day trip. There are four different mountain areas: Alpental, Summit West, Summit Central, and Summit East. Each area offers terrain suitable for varying levels of skiers and snowboarders. For the more advanced, be sure to make your way over to Alpental for steep and tight backcountry options. Similar to Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie has something for everyone and is perfect for the whole family. Pro-tip: If night skiing is your thing, then this is your spot. Snoqualmie offers the most night skiing in the US!
Distance from Bothell: 56.6 miles (approximately 58 minutes)
The Slopes: 2,000 acres, 25 lifts
Vertical Rise: 2,280 feet
Lift tickets: $36-70 for adult daily; $9-13 for children ages 6 and under; $21-48 for children ages 7 to 12; $22-46 for seniors
Amenities/other activities: Night skiing, snow tubing, nordic skiing, snowshoe trails, rental and gear shop, 12 restaurants, bars, 3 off-site hotels
Getting There: Southbound I-405 to I-90 eastbound
Challenge Level: Beginner to intermediate; Advanced terrain at Alpental
While limited in apres-ski offerings, Crystal Mountain is a local favorite because of its excellent terrain and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier. It’s the largest ski resort in all of Washington and favored for its sheer variety in runs. Offering 57 runs varying in level of difficulty, Crystal Mountain is perfect for novices and pros alike. If you plan on spending all day on the slope, then Crystal Mountain is perfect for you. All in all, the vibe is family-friendly and the drive is worth the adventure. Pro-tip: In response to overcrowding, Crystal Mountain updated its ticket sales policy. Instead of selling tickets in person, the resort will release a limited number of day-use tickets for advance purchase online on weekends and holidays. The new policy will be reassessed starting in February 2020, so check the website before you go. Ikon season passes will be honored as usual.
Distance from Bothell: 86 miles (approximately 2 hours)
The Slopes: 2,600 acres, 57 runs
Vertical Rise: 2,612 feet
Lift tickets: $65-101 for adult daily; $16-46 children ages 5-12; $57-88 ages 13-22; $16-$46 for seniors
Amenities/other activities: Weekend/holiday night skiing, scenic gondola rides, snowshoe trails, rental and gear shop, ski school, Family Sundays, two on-mountain restaurants, day lodge options, three on-site hotels
Getting There: Crystal Mountain Blvd from Enumclaw; the resort runs a free shuttle from parking lots to the base area; 5 area luxury bus routes on weekends and holidays also available
Challenge Level: All levels; Perfect for the family
Great tree runs and options to explore backcountry attract the rugged and advanced skiers to Stevens Pass in Skykomish. If you’re familiar with the terms open bowls and pillow lines, then this might be the spot for you. While Steven Pass attracts expert winter sports enthusiasts, its beginner runs are also highly reviewed. It’s a favorite, so come prepared for crowds. Pro-tip: If you’re taking a weekend trip to Stevens Pass, make sure to check out Leavenworth, a bavarian-style village located in the Cascades. It’s whacky and worth the 40-minute drive.
Distance from Bothell: 65 miles (approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes)
The Slopes: 1,125 acres, 37 runs
Vertical Rise: 1,800 ft.
Amenities/other activities: Night skiing, snowshoe trails, free snow-play area, rental and gear shop, ski school, day lodge options, RV lot
Getting There: Highway 2; Resort runs free shuttle buses from parking lots to the main base area.
Life Tickets: $54-89 for adult daily; $36-60 for children ages 7-15; $28 for ages 70+
Challenge Level: Intermediate and advanced
With an average annual snowfall of 663 inches a year, Mt. Baker is recognized for its high volume of snow. In fact, from 1998 to 1999, Mt. Baker broke the world record for the most snowfall in a single season totaling 1,140 inches of snow. Although Mt. Baker is rather small, it has earned its title as a local favorite. The terrain is similar to Crystal Mountain and the runs vary from beginner to intermediate and even include a few expert level runs. Visit February 7, 8, or 9th to catch the largest snowboarding race in the world, the Legendary Banked Slalom.
Distance from Bothell: 122 miles (approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes)
The Slopes: 1,000 acres; 31 runs
Vertical Rise: 1,500 ft.
Amenities/other activities: Rental and gear shop, snowshoe trails, ski school, three day lodges, RV lot
Getting There: Mount Baker Highway; Baker Bus runs one trip per day from Bellingham via Glacier for $10-20, cash only.
Lift Tickets: Prices vary depending on full-day vs. half-day, weekend vs. weekday, holiday vs. non-holiday
Challenge Level: Beginner to intermediate; Expert terrain level
With stunning views of Mt. Rainier and even higher elevation than Stevens Pass, White Pass is a treasure. A bit off the beaten path compared to others, White Pass tends to be less crowded with shorter lift lines- a major plus! The terrain welcomes all levels with about 80% beginner to intermediate runs, leaving 20% of the terrain for the advanced. The vibe at White Pass is laid back and the distance makes it the perfect weekend sojourn.
Distance from Bothell: 151 miles (approximately 3 hours and 28 minutes)
The Slopes: 1,402 acres, 45 runs
Vertical Rise: 2,050 ft.
Amenities/other activities: Night skiing, snow tubing, snowshoe trails, rental and gear shop, ski school, one on-site hotel with child care, two on-mountain restaurants, two lodge restaurants, pub, RV lot
Getting There: State Route 12; Located 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainier National Park; Car parking is free; No public transportation
Life Tickets: $73 for adult daily; $5 for children ages 8 and under; $52 for children ages 9 to 16; $5 for Super Seniors, ages 73+
Challenge Level: Mostly beginner to intermediate