It’s still relatively early in the winter, but it’s been a great year for snow in Washington so far. The ski resorts are jamming, the sledding hills are full of fun — and there’s likely much more to come.
So to help you get out while the snowy gettin’ is good, we’ve compiled some of the best ways to take advantage of what’s shaping up to be a big year for snow in Washington. And while the state’s always good for skiing, snowboarding and sledding, we’re branching out a little bit this time, with some even more creative and exhilarating ways to enjoy the snow in the Evergreen State this season.
It’s not often that one courses through the snowy trees of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on a sled behind an excited pack of hounds — but why not? Northwest Dogsled Adventures offers exhilarating rides with its sled dogs throughout the winter not far from the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth.
Speaking of dogs, have you ever tried skijoring, the snow sport involving skis and, most often, canine engines? If not, there are plenty of places in Washington to give it a go. For those who know what they’re doing, try some of these Washington Sno-Parks for a good romp with the hounds. Mt. Spokane in eastern Washington also offers skijoring options after 12 p.m. on Sundays and all day Wednesdays.
For a little bit of just about everything in the snow, it can be hard to beat Washington’s Sno-Parks. The state is home to some 120 Sno-Parks, which offer a mix of wintertime activities, from skiing and snowshoeing to sledding, snowmobiling and much more. Looking for groomed ski trails? Head to the Sno-Parks near Lake Wenatchee. Want to dog sled? Try Salmon Ridge in the Mount Baker Ranger District. And for a trip out east with skiing, sledding and snowshoeing, Fields Spring is calling.
Cross-Country Skiing and Fat Biking
You can cross-country ski to your heart’s content on the 120-plus miles of groomed ski trails that Methow Trails maintains all winter long out near Winthrop, Washington. But you can also change it up by hopping on a fat bike and pedaling your way through the snow in a whole new way.
Smaller Ski Areas
Sometimes you just want to slice some turns or plow through some fresh Cascade snow. When that muse strikes, you could always head to the main resorts in Washington State like White Pass or Crystal Mountain. You could also change it up a bit and check out the snow at some of the state’s less-popular ski areas, which we’ve carved out for you here.