Winter is just around the corner and that means it’s time to hit the slopes. Some of Washington’s best hills have projected opening dates as soon as November 19th so be sure to think ahead and purchase your tickets.

Here’s when you’ll be able to ski Washington’s best slopes and how much it costs.

Crystal Mountain

 

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Let’s start with a bang, Crystal Mountain is Washington’s biggest ski area and is located just 2 hours from Seattle. You can expect classic slopes as well as variety and up close and personal views of Mount Rainier. Not to mention you can stay overnight and enjoy eats while you’re exploring the mountain resort.

When: Projected opening day November 19th
Where: 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Enumclaw, WA
Cost: $95-$1,149

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort

Looking for pow? Mission Ridge might just be one of your best bets. It’s known for lighter and drier snow as well as the unique experience of skiing while looking over the desert below. It’s a smaller resort but that means lines are shorter and seriously where else can you ski above the desert?

When: Projected opening day November 19th
Where: 7500 Mission Ridge Rd, Wenatchee, WA
Cost: $?-$609 (Lift ticket prices TBA)

Mount Baker Ski Area

Mount Baker is known for snow and lots of it. It’s home to slopes for hardcore ski enthusiasts and areas for folks not faint of heart. It’s also a great opportunity to ski within a National Forest. While season passes are sold out you can still score daily lift tickets to enjoy this beloved and unique ski area.

When: Estimated opening day November 29th
Where: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Cost: Lift tickets $71.30

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Stevens Pass

 

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This is a beloved local spot for many especially if you grew up in the Seattle area. It was once known for being full of ski bums but these days it’s developed quite a bit. That being said, it still has some great intermediate and advanced runs that you’re sure to love. Just keep in mind that parking is pretty limited.

When: Projected opening day December 3rd
Where: Summit Stevens Pass, 93001 US Hwy 2, Skykomish, WA
Cost: $73-$1024

The Summit at Snoqualmie / Alpental

This is the spot to learn to ski and board! Really, it’s what Alpental is known for. Beyond that, it’s a great place for family-friendly skiing and they have a snow tubing center as well. If that’s not enough for you it’s also home to the state’s largest night skiing area which is perfect for after-work shreds.

When: Estimated opening date of December 8th
Where: 1001 State Route 906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Cost: $?-$689 (Lift ticket prices TBA)

White Pass Ski Area

 

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Don’t sleep on White Pass, it’s popular with south sound residents but it could be popular with Seattleites as well. It boasts a starting elevation of 4500 feet and amazing views of Mount Rainier. You shouldn’t face a ton of lines and you can also check out the inn and Nordic Center.

When: Estimated opening date of November 29th
Where: 48935 US Hwy 12, Naches, WA
Cost: Season passes sold out, Lift ticket prices TBA

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

 

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Skiing in Olympic National Park? Sign us up! With a summit elevation of 5,240 feet, Hurricane Ridge is a spectacular spot for winter recreation and activities. You’ll find superb groomed areas and steeps, bowls, and glades for the advanced skier or snowboarder.

When: Opening November 27th
Where: Olympic National Park
Cost: Olympic Annual Pass $55

Looks like it’s time to pull those skis and snowboards out and get ready for a great winter season. Be sure to check back with each slope for accurate opening dates and stay safe out there!