Winter Break is a great time to start participating in winter recreational sports. This year is off to a great start, as we have gotten fresh snow at popular winter resorts across Washington State. Whether you are new to skiing and snowboarding or an avid connoisseur of the sport, this article will outline some helpful tips and reviews surrounding winter sports.
Panoramic view from the top of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. (Photo Credits: Max Parker)
What to do in the snow?
If you don’t know how to ski or snowboard, there are many different things you can do with the fresh powder! While all the major resorts in Washington offer skiing and snowboarding, Snoqualmie and Leavenworth offer opportunities to go tubing on groomed shoots. If you have friends that prefer a more casual experience tubing is an excellent way to go. In addition to tubing, you and your friends or family can plan a snowmobiling trip by visiting Washington state parks and recreation website to visit a park.
Where to go?
Popular in-state options:
- White Pass – close by, quiet, family friendly (best valuable).
- Crystal – great skiing, busy, lift waits.
- Mission Ridge
- Schweitzer, Sandpoint, ID
- Brian Head, UT
- Whistler, Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada
- Silver, Kellogg, ID
- Bachelor, OR
- Hood, OR
How can you get the best value?
Pack your lunch! Eating on the road or at a ski resort can add up. Packing a cold lunch and a thermos can last all day, and it’s easy to carry. Most resorts offer lockers that you can rent for a few dollars.
Car pool with your friend! If you know someone with a ski or snowboarding rack, offer to pay for gas and carpool. The more people you can fit in one car, the better. Gas can total $30 to $50 for one day, so make sure to plan accordingly.
Cruise control! Experiment with your speed and get up to 4 more mpg! It’s small, but it makes a difference when you’re driving 200miles.
Preload your ticket! Most resorts allow you to purchase tickets online saving you tons time to play!
Demo equipment! If you are passionate about skiing or snowboarding, you should probably demo some nicer equipment before you buy. You’ll have a much better experience with demo equipment, and it doesn’t cost that much more for performance and comfort.
If you’re regular, buy your gear! You’ll save a lot in the long run!
By: Max Parker