What to know for the 2022-23 Seattle ski season

Grab your snowboards, too.

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Crystal Mountain Resort is one of the closest options for Seattleites.

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It’s time to hit the slopes, Seattle. We hope you’re excited.

With an above average snowpack for this time of year (we’re talking 211-441% above average) most ski resorts are opening on the early side. Crystal Mountain and Mt. Baker lifts are already operating and Whistler Blackcomb is not far behind.

Here’s what you need to know for the season.

If you’re going to:

Crystal Mountain

  • Now open.
  • Lift tickets start at $149 for a one-day adult pass.
  • Lessons are available.
  • Offers ski, snowboard, and boot rentals.

Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler opens for the season on Thursday, Nov. 24.

  • Passes start at $110 for a one-day adult pass.
  • Lessons are available.
  • Offers ski and snowboard rentals.

Summit at Snoqualmie

  • Summit does not have a scheduled opening day yet, but is projected for early December. Stay tuned for updates on its Instagram page.
  • Lift ticket prices begin at $38, and season passes start at $179 for adults.
  • Lessons are available.

Mt. Baker Ski Area

  • Now open.
  • Lift tickets begin at $55 for adults. No more season passes are available.
  • Lessons are available.
  • Offers ski and snowboard rentals.

Apps to help you track snow conditions

Open Snow | Allows you to view conditions at your favorite mountains + ski resorts, sync up GoPro and GPS data to track and film your runs, and organize your passes.

Slopes | Puts resort stats, trail maps, and snow forecasts into the palm of your hand. You can also add your friends and compete against each other.

Where to get equipment or a tune-up

Evo | 3500 Stone Way N. | 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Equipment tune-ups, seasonal equipment rentals, and demos — appointments are required for new boot fittings

Pro Ski | 5440 Sand Point Way NE| Thursdays-Mondays. 11 a.m.-7 p.m

  • Discount used gear for sale and new boot fittings, equipment tune-ups, and seasonal equipment rentals

If you’re a beginner, you probably have a few other questions.

🏂 Do I need to buy equipment?
No, it’s recommended you rent your first few times. See the businesses above for some options. ProSki also has discounted, used equipment that might peak your interest. 🏔️

🏂 How do I choose a resort?
Some things that may factor into your choice are drive times, amount/quality of beginner trails, ticket prices, hotel/AirBNB/VRBO prices, dining options, and parking availability. Powderhounds can also help you pick a spot.

🏂 Can I go alone?
Yes, but take extra precautions if you do. You wouldn’t head off on a treacherous hike without telling someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Same situation. Or, join a Meet-Up group and head out with some others.

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