Washington's ski spots

Staff writerNovember 10, 2013 

A snow boarders finds some powder coming off The Throne at Crystal Mountain.

PETER HALEY — Staff photographer

Sometimes Tyler Ceccanti's colleagues in the professional skiing business ask why he still lives in Lake Tapps.

"People will say to me, 'But (Lake) Tahoe is the place to be,' or 'Whistler is the place to be,'" the 24-year-old said. "But I think this (the Puget Sound area) is the place to be. We have Crystal Mountain close by. Stevens Pass is just two hours. And Mount Baker is only about three hours. I love being so close to different areas with great skiing."

The six ski areas in the Cascades are the heart of a Washington ski scene that attracts more than 2 million visitors each winter.

Hit the road for these top area resorts outside of Washington state

BRITISH COLUMBIA

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

  • LOCATION: Whistler.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $109 Canadian. Edge Cards, which offer discounted rates for residents of Washington and Canada, are available at whistlerblackcomb.com.
  • TERRAIN: More than 200 trails, 8,171 acres, four terrain parks.
  • LIFTS: 34.
  • ELEVATION: 7,494-foot highest lift, 2,140 base, (5,020 drop on Whistler, 5,280 drop on Blackcomb).
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 360 inches.
  • MORE INFO: whistlerblackcomb.com, 800-766-0449.

BIG WHITE

  • LOCATION: Southeast of Kelowna.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $79 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 118 trails, 7,355 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: 16.
  • ELEVATION: 7,606-foot highest lift, 4,950 base, 2,656 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 294 inches.
  • MORE INFO: bigwhite.com, 800-663-2772.

FERNIE

  • LOCATION: Near Fernie.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $83.95 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 107 trails, 2,504 acres.
  • LIFTS: 10.
  • ELEVATION: 6,316-foot highest lift, 3,500 base, 2,816 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 348 inches.
  • MORE INFO: skifernie.com, 800-258-7669.

KICKING HORSE

  • LOCATION: Golden.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $83.95 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 106 trails, 4,000 acres.
  • LIFTS: Five.
  • ELEVATION: 8,033-foot highest lift, 3,900 base, 4,133 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 256 inches.
  • MORE INFO: kickinghorseresort.com, 866-754-5425.

MOUNT WASHINGTON

  • LOCATION: Near Courtenay on Vancouver Island.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $75 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 60 trails, 1,200 acres, two terrain parks.
  • LIFTS: Nine.
  • ELEVATION: 5,215-foot highest lift, 3,558 base, 1,657 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 348 inches.
  • MORE INFO: mountwashington.ca, 888-231-1499.

PANORAMA

  • LOCATION: Near Invermere.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $77 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 188 trails, 2,847 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: Nine.
  • ELEVATION: 7,800-foot highest lift, 3,800 base, 4,000 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 188 inches.
  • MORE INFO: panoramaresort.com, 800-663-2929.

RED MOUNTAIN RESORT

  • LOCATION: Rossland.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $72 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 83 trails, 2,682 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: Seven
  • ELEVATION: 6,807 feet highest lift, 3,387 base, 2,919 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches.
  • MORE INFO: redresort.com, 800-663-0105.

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT

  • LOCATION: Revelstoke.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $80 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 59 trails, 3,121 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: Five
  • ELEVATION: 7,300 feet highest lift, 1,680 base, 5,620 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 360 inches.
  • MORE INFO: revelstokemountainresort.com, 866-373-4754.

SUN PEAKS

  • LOCATION: Northern Okanagan Valley.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $79 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 121 trails, 3,678 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: 12.
  • ELEVATION: 6,824-foot highest lift, 3,933 base, 2,891 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 220 inches.
  • MORE INFO: sunpeaksresort.com, 800-807-3257.

SILVER STAR

  • LOCATION: Northeast of Okanagan Valley.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $79 Canadian.
  • TERRAIN: 112 trails, 3,065 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: 12.
  • ELEVATION: 6,280-foot highest lift, 3,780 base, 2,500 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 276 inches.
  • MORE INFO: skisilverstar.com, 800-663-4431.

OREGON

MOUNT BACHELOR

  • LOCATION: West of Bend.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $79.
  • TERRAIN: 71 trails, 3,683 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: 15.
  • ELEVATION: 9,065-foot highest lift, 5,700 base, 3,365 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 370 inches.
  • MORE INFO: mtbachelor.com, 800-829-2442.

MOUNT HOOD MEADOWS

  • LOCATION: Mount Hood.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $74.
  • TERRAIN: 87 trails, 2,150 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: 10.
  • ELEVATION: 7,300-foot highest lift, 4,523 base, 2,777 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 400 inches.
  • MORE INFO: skihood.com, 503-337-2222.

TIMBERLINE LODGE

LOCATION: Mount Hood.

LIFT TICKETS: $62-68

TERRAIN: 41 trails, 1,415 acres, terrain park.

LIFTS: 9.

ELEVATION: 8,540-foot highest lift, 4,850 lowest operation point, 3,690 drop.

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 400-500 inches.

MORE INFO: timberlinelodge.com, 800-547-1406

IDAHO

BRUNDAGE

  • LOCATION: McCall.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $58.
  • TERRAIN: 46 trails, 1,500 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: Five.
  • ELEVATION: 7,640-foot highest lift, 5,840 base, 1,800 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches.
  • MORE INFO: brundage.com, 208-634-7462.

SCHWEITZER

  • LOCATION: Sandpoint.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $71
  • TERRAIN: 82 trails, 2,900 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: Eight.
  • ELEVATION: 6,400-foot highest lift, 4,000 base, 2,400 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches.
  • MORE INFO: schweitzer.com, 800-831-8810.

SILVER MOUNTAIN

  • LOCATION: Kellogg.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $52
  • TERRAIN: 73 trails, 1,600 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: Seven.
  • ELEVATION: 6,300-foot highest lift, 4,100 base, 2,200 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches.
  • MORE INFO: silvermt.com, 866-344-2675.

SUN VALLEY

  • LOCATION: Ketchum.
  • LIFT TICKETS: TBA ($66 last season).
  • TERRAIN: 75 trails, 2,054 acres, terrain park.
  • LIFTS: 21.
  • ELEVATION: 9,150-foot highest lift, 5,750 base, 3,400 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 220 inches.
  • MORE INFO: sunvalley.com, 800-786-8259.

MONTANA

BIG SKY

  • LOCATION: Big Sky.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $99.
  • TERRAIN: 250 trails, 5,750 acres.
  • LIFTS: 33.
  • ELEVATION: 11,116-foot Lone Peak, 6,800 base, 4,316 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 400 inches.
  • MORE INFO: bigskyresort.com, 800-548-4486.

WHITEFISH

  • LOCATION: North of Whitefish.
  • LIFT TICKETS: $69
  • TERRAIN: 91 trails, 3,000 acres.
  • LIFTS: 12.
  • ELEVATION: 7,000-foot highest lift, 4,500 base, 2,500 drop.
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300.
  • MORE INFO: skiwhitefish.com, 800-858-4157.

 

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