It’s baaaaacccckkkk! Surely, you’ve been noticing the wondrous white stuff that’s been falling from the sky lately. This means one thing: It’s ski season in Seattle! Well, it actually means more than just that, but we’re sure you currently have no interest in things that don’t make you go fast in the snow.

Like you, all of us at Cyrene have been anxiously awaiting the moment we can pack up our gear and hit the slopes. After all, some of the best skiing in the Pacific Northwest is right in our backyard. So, as a tribute to the snowy mountains we know and love, we’ve put together a list of the best spots for taking a quick Seattle day trip and shredding some powder.

Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain Resort for best ski season in seattle

*image from Trip Advisor

The Crystal Mountain resort has a special place in our hearts when it’s ski season in Seattle. This gem in the Cascades is the largest ski area in the state, and it’s perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Crystal has an impressive 2,600 acres of skiable terrain, 300 of which is backcountry. There’s also a whopping 57 runs to conquer. This year, Crystal Mountain experienced its earliest opening since 2010. (Some may say this is a sign of good things to come!)

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass for ski season in seattle

*image from Ski Washington

Stevens Pass is another darling of the Cascades. With two mountains, a 1,125-acre ski region, 52 runs, and 1,800 vertical drop, it’s no wonder why. The 4,060-foot elevation and dry easterly winds make for superb snow conditions that are hard to resist during the Seattle ski season.

The terrain is varied and the runs are optimal for intermediate to expert skiers. There’s also a pretty decent area for first-timers. Additionally, Stevens is a favorite of night skiers since there are six well-lit lifts and 450 acres specifically for recreation in the dark.

The Summit at Snoqualmie/Alpental

Stevens Pass for ski season in seattle

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If rugged terrain, back bowls, and off-piste skiing are your thing, Alpental is right for you. But, as you can imagine, it’s not really an ideal spot for beginners. In fact, some people might tell you that it’s just for advanced to expert skiers and boarders. The runs are steep and long which means you’ll definitely want to have your wits about you. But, rest assured – it’s loads of fun. Alpental is served by three chairlifts and a detachable high-speed quad.

White Pass

White Pass best option for ski season in seattle

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Of course, we realize that ski season in Seattle might be a family event for you, and you’re looking for a spot that will work well for the kids. White Pass may be the best option. It’s often less crowded, and the overall vibe is very relaxed.

The 1,042 square-foot ski area is great for all levels. There are 45 runs, and you can even do some glade skiing. The only caveat – this will be a longer Seattle day trip. Just to give you an idea, White Pass is a little over 3 hours from Cyrene Apartments, which is on the waterfront in the heart of Downtown Seattle.

Mission Ridge

Mission Ridge best spot to celebrate ski season in seattle

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If you or someone you’re with needs a good instructor this Seattle ski season, make your way to Mission Ridge on the eastern side of the Cascades. This year, they won an award for being the “best learn to ski/snowboard program in the country”.

While the beginners are getting the hang of things, the more advanced skiers can check out the backcountry and bowls that are excellent for a decent challenge. Mission Ridge features 2,000 acres of skiing space, 4 lifts, and 56 runs, one of which includes a crashed World War II bomber (ski from the top of Chair 2.)

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Mt baker ski area

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Deep powder, awesome backcountry terrain, and steep chutes? Yes, please! Located at the end of State Route 542, the Mt. Baker Ski Area experiences a jaw-dropping 660 inches of snow per year. This makes it a desirable destination during the ski season in Seattle.

There’s plenty of space, the 38 runs are well groomed, and the mountain views are spectacular. Boarders dig the natural halfpipe that’s used in the annual Legendary Banked Slalom snowboarding contest. Just remember to be careful driving out – the roads can get a bit icy.

Whatever ski area you choose to visit this season, you’re sure to have a blast. We say this confidently because we spend the bulk of our time catering to the needs of Seattleites. When we aren’t scouting out the best spots for a killer Seattle ski season, we’re promoting incredible living experiences.

At Cyrene, residents benefit from a luxury apartment community created to foster a balanced lifestyle. Every amenity – from a cutting-edge fitness center and fully-appointed clubroom to Puget Sound views and the original art on the walls – is intentional and meant to optimize how tenants go about their day-to-day. This includes interactions and connections with friends, family, neighbors, and the City in general. Plus, Cyrene’s downtown Seattle apartments are specially designed to maximize style, comfort, and functionality.

Get in touch with Cyrene Apartments to find out more!