Outdoors

Beyond the Big 6: How to ski Washington’s hidden gems in 2016-17

Washington’s second-largest ski area isn’t in the Cascades. It’s situated north of Spokane near the small town of Chewelah.

At 2,325 acres, 49 Degrees North has more lift-serviced skiing than any Washington resort not named Crystal Mountain. It also has a reputation for outstanding tree skiing, if you have the nerve for such a thing.

Despite its ample terrain, 49 Degrees North isn’t traditionally among the state’s six most popular ski areas. Those are located in the more easily accessed Cascades. But for those looking to avoid the masses, Washington has much more to offer and 49 Degrees is just the beginning.

Here are the details on Washington’s other ski areas:

49 Degrees North

Chewelah

Lift tickets: $58.

Terrain: 82 trails, 2,325 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Five double chairs, one quad, one surface lift.

Elevation: 5,774-foot highest lift, 3,923 base, 1,851 drop.

Annual snowfall: 301 inches.

Cross-country: 16 kilometers.

Information: ski49n.com.

Bluewood

Near Dayton

Lift tickets: $39.

Terrain: 24 trails, 350 acres.

Lifts: Two triple chairs, one pommel.

Elevation: 5,670-foot highest lift, 4,545 base, 1,125 drop.

Annual snowfall: 300 inches.

Information: bluewood.com

Cascade Powder Cats

Stevens Pass

Lift tickets: Starting at $395 per day.

Terrain: 2,000 acres.

Lifts: Four snowcats, two Mattracks.

Elevation: 6,000 feet summit, 3,000 base, 3,000 drop.

Information: cascadepowdercats.com.

Echo Valley

Near Chelan

Lift tickets: $25 includes access to tubing.

Terrain: 70 acres.

Lifts: Three rope tows, one poma.

Elevation: 3,000 feet summit, 2,100 base, 900 drop.

Annual snowfall: 72 inches.

Information: echovalley.org.

Hurricane Ridge

Olympic National Park

Lift tickets: $13-$34 depending on lifts used. A park entry fee of $20 per vehicle is charged at the park.

Terrain: 10 trails, 100 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: One poma, two rope tows.

Elevation: 5,500-foot highest lift, 4,700 base, 800 drop.

Annual snowfall: 400 inches.

Cross-country: Available in the area and other parts of the park.

Information: hurricaneridge.com.

Leavenworth Ski Hill

Leavenworth

Lift tickets: $18 to use either downhill or cross country trails. $20 for tubing hill. $32 to use all three facilities.

Terrain: 20 acres, including a small-scale ski jump.

Lifts: Two rope tows.

Elevation: 1,700-foot summit, 1,400 base, 300 drop.

Annual snowfall: 120 inches.

Cross-country: 7.5 kilometers, including 5 kilometers lit for night skiing.

Information: skileavenworth.com.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Between Twisp and Omak

Lift tickets: $48 weekends and holidays, $42 midweek.

Terrain: 10 trails, 550 acres.

Lifts: One quad, one platter pull and rope tow.

Elevation: 4,020-foot highest lift, 2,780 base, 1,240 drop.

Annual snowfall: 150 inches.

Cross-country: 25 kilometers.

Information: skitheloup.com.

Mount Spokane

North of Spokane

Lift tickets: $55 weekends and holidays, $41 midweek.

Terrain: 44 trails, 1,200 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 5 double lifts.

Elevation: 5,889-foot highest lift, 4,200 base, 2,000 skiable drop.

Annual snowfall: 300 inches.

Cross-country: 25 kilometers.

Information: mtspokane.com.

North Cascade Heli Skiing

Mazama

Lift tickets: Starting at $500 for one day.

Terrain: Access to more than 300,000 acres.

Lifts: A helicopter is used to shuttle skiers and snowboarders to the top of their runs.

Elevation: Drop-offs as high as 8,900 feet with runs up to 3,800 vertical feet.

Information: heli-ski.com.

Sitzmark Lifts

17 miles northeast of Tonasket

Lift tickets: $39.

Terrain: 15 trails, 80 groomed acres.

Lifts: One double chair and one rope tow.

Elevation: 4,950-foot high point, 4,300 base, 650 drop.

Annual snowfall: 150 inches.

Cross-country: 3 kilometers.

Information: skisitzmark.org.

Badger Mountain

Near East Wenatchee

Lift tickets: $10.

Terrain: Five trails, 20 acres.

Lifts: Two rope tows and one T-bar.

Elevation: 3,800 feet summit, 3,000 base, 800 drop.

Annual snowfall: 100 inches.

Cross-country: 5 kilometers.

Information: skibadgermt.com.

Meany Lodge

Stampede Pass

Lift tickets: $40 per day or $55-$120 including one or two nights lodging and meals. Sno-Park and Discover passes also are required for each day. Those using an seasonal permit needed to have groomed trail permit.

Terrain: 10 trails, 550 acres.

Lifts: Two rope tows.

Elevation: 4,020-foot highest lift, 2,780 base, 1,240 drop.

Annual snowfall: 150 inches.

Cross-country: 25 kilometers,

Information: meanylodge.org.

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