Yes, Winter is officially over and the weather is slowly getting warmer. Whew! These last few months saw a record amount of rainfall in Seattle, so many are welcoming the warmer weather, but others have their minds on something else. A lot of rain means a lot of snow in the local mountains. Washington is home to some of the best skiing in the country and, believe it or not, you can catch some amazing runs when spring rolls around! It’s like skiing on the beach!
Plus, if you happen to live in, near or around Eleanor’s apartments in Roosevelt, you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from all of it. So, don’t pack away those skis or that snowboard just yet, because the best spots for spring skiing near Seattle are still open and ready for you to hit the slopes!
With almost 470 inches of annual snowfall, Crystal Mountain is a true gem for skiers.Located a little over an hour and a half from Eleanor Apartments, Crystal offers 11 lifts and 2,600 acres of prime skiing territory. And, despite its location, you don’t have to worry about getting your hands on a car for the day. There are buses in Seattle and Tacoma that make regular trips to the area, and there are people within the Crystal community that will organize group rides. This is one of the top locations for spring skiing near Seattle because snow cover can continue into early May. This makes for unsurpassed corn snow and unforgettable runs.
In the past, Crystal’s skiing areas have stayed open until mid-July! The arrival of spring brings beautiful sun, something that January and February are often without so if you get the chance, take a ride on the Crystal Mountain gondola to catch breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier.
Alpental at Snoqualmie
Alpental is one of four base areas located at the Summit at Snoqualmie. It has been serving Washington’s skiing and snowboarding community for over 40 years and is typically the last area of The Summit to close each year. They sometimes run to the beginning of May, which makes it a local favorite for spring skiing near Seattle. We should know – it’s less than an hour from Eleanor Apartments!
Alpental is very well known for its and the steep, rugged terrain, and backcountry and back bowls. Obviously, this will require a bit more skill and attention to safety. If there are less-seasoned friends or family in your group, try to hit up the Summit at Snoqualmie as soon as you can. The nearby Summit Central offers some easy runs, and it usually closes around mid-April. If work or school makes it hard for you to get out to the Spring skiing spots near Seattle, just remember that Alpental’s lights stay on until 10 p.m. until about the end of march! Hurry Up!
White Pass is a little further out from Seattle, located about 3 hours to be exact. It’s totally worth the trip if you’re looking for a less-crowded, more relaxed atmosphere. This is a very family-friendly ski area, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a variety of terrain for skiers of all levels.
The Great White Express lift serves people comfortable with a magic carpet level all the way up to double black diamonds. Also, the Paradise Basin area provides some awesome glade skiing. It’s worth mentioning that White Pass is currently offering a killer special. If you purchase a season pass now for the next ski season, you can ski for free during this spring season!
Stevens Pass is less than 2 hours from Eleanor Apartments. Its characteristics make it the ideal spot for spring skiing near Seattle. The base elevation is at more than 4,000 feet, and there is an average of over 160 inches of snow in March and April. The area runs through the Cascade Mountains, which means its conditions are dry and cool. This makes for excellent snow, so be prepared for the occasional large crowds.
(From DRVMX’s Flickr)
Also, the end of April means Springfest at Stevens Pass where you can enjoy various events and great live music. There are chances to win season passes during the festival, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
Mount Baker gets about 660 inches of snow per year, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best places for spring skiing near Seattle. Beginners and intermediates will have no issue finding a suitable run, and advanced skiers will surely love the steep chutes and backcountry terrain.
The combination of the elevation and the distance to the coast does make for some springtime rain, so make sure you’re prepared with some waterproof gear.
There you have it! The best spots for Spring Skiing near Seattle are ready and waiting for you to come shred it up! But, the snow won’t be there forever! So get out there while you can!
At Eleanor, we’re proud of our apartments in Roosevelt because they provide a well-rounded lifestyle for our residents. We knew we had to develop more than just a home – we had to provide tenants with the means to become involved in a community. And, we think living in a vibrant neighborhood where you have easy access to things like the best spring skiing near Seattle is just one of the ways we accomplish this.
Of course, this doesn’t mean we haven’t also designed the perfect apartments. In addition to spacious floor plans and luxury finishes such as high-end cabinetry, glass tile backsplashes, chic quartz countertops and modern flooring, we include several social spaces that encourage connectivity.