Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Skiing in the Pacific Northwest: It's not too late!

Now that it's April, maybe you're thinking about hiking, gardening, surfing, or other warmer weather outdoors pursuits. 

Don't hang up those skis or boards yet! Late season skiing in the Northwest/B.C. can offer the best conditions of the season. 

Minimal or no lift lines - check
Longer and more bluebird days - check
Sometimes lots of fresh snow and less competition for freshies - check
Parking closer to the lifts - check 
Special deals on ticket prices - check

Some of my best skiing days ever have been late season. I still smile remembering that early June weekend at Whistler/Blackcomb, with over a foot of fresh snow and hardly anyone else on the mountain.

Run after run of freshies!  It was exhilarating and awesome. 

Just last Sunday a group of us had similar conditions at Crystal Mountain, less than 2 hours from Seattle. Big smiles all around.

On a bluebird day at Crystal last week, almost everyone (including me) stopped to take shots of Rainier....
...because Rainier is always so awe-inspiring.
So put off that yard work for a few days and head to the mountains to grab the last and maybe best weeks of the season. And then enjoy the spring and summer knowing you truly seized the snow days.

When You Go
Skiing extends well into the spring at several NW resorts.  Crystal Mountain is open daily until April 20, then weekends until May 18. Of course Mt. Hood just east or Portland is THE place for late season skiing, click here for links to all of the Hood ski areas and info. Mt. Bachelor in central Oregon is open daily until May 25. Up close to the Canadian border in Washington, Mt. Baker is open through April 20 and possibly longer. Mission Ridge above Wenatchee in central Washington is closing April 13.


JoJo said...

I never learned to ski....I thought about learning to snowboard when I lived in California but never did. I sure miss the Cascades and Rainier.

jill said...

hey JoJo,
Glad you can enjoy the photos and a taste of Northwest life here at PacificNW Seasons. Hope you can make it out again for a visit.

Rachel said...

I LOVE spring skiing! Especially at Alpental and Crystal. I skied up at Crystal on the last day of June a few years ago and it was awesome! Really slushy and sticky in places, but it was so much fun making runs down Green Valley!

jill said...

Hey Rachel,
wow last day of June! have only skied Hood that late in the season. Lots of strong sunscreen. Hope you get in a few more turns this season.