11 of Our Favorite Places to Sled, Ski & Snowboard in the Winter Near Pierce County
As winter approaches, we asked a few locals for their favorite spots to ski, sled, and snowboard near Pierce County. They gave us the inside scoop on their top places!
Here’s a look at 11 of our locals’ favorite places to sled, ski, snowboard, and spend the winter near Pierce County:
Located at US Hwy 2 Skykomish, WA 98288
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If you’re a winter sports lover and a night owl, you will want to check out Erin Farquhar and Rachael Cabral’s pick: “Stevens Pass has the best night skiing,” Erin shares. “They typically have 6 runs open at night. [There aren’t as many crowds] and there is nothing like skiing under the stars on a clear night.” For a truly memorable ski experience, nothing beats an wintry evening at Stevens Pass!
Located at 1280 Alpine R. Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0, Canada
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Another spot that comes recommended by Erin is Sun Peaks Resort. “If [you’re] looking for a ‘ski trip’ within driving distance, my family loves Sun Peaks, BC, Canada,” she says. “Even though Sun Peaks is the second largest ski resort in Canada, the village is quaint and inviting. Three mountains surround the small village. Lift tickets are reasonably priced. Many of the vacation rentals are ski-in/ski-out. The air is dry, so lots of powder!” For a breathtaking getaway the whole gang will love, start planning your trip to Sun Peaks for later this winter!
Located at 7500 Mission Ridge Rd. Wenatchee, WA 98801
Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday
Novice skiers and seasoned vets alike will love the slopes at Mission Ridge! “[Mission Ridge] to me has a real great neighborhood mountain sort of vibe,” shares Rachael. “It's never been overly crowded during the weekend trips I have taken out that way… It’s easy to stay somewhere in the general location and ride both mountains [at Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass]. The mountain isn't necessarily Black Diamond heaven but there are a few more experienced areas folks can ski to. I personally don’t feel as kamikaze as I might have once was.”
Rachael’s piece of advice for those looking to head out this way? “...I would suggest making this a couple-day-trip rather than an all-in-one-day trip.”
Located at 13000 S.W. Century Dr. Bend, Oregon 97702
Another out-of-town locale that Rachael suggests is Mt. Bachelor. With lessons available for kids and adults, numerous on-site dining opportunities, a sports shop, and so much more, they have everything you need to have a great time on the slopes (and as an added bonus, if you buy an adult multi-day ticket four-days in advance, kids 12 and under ski free).
When planning your trip to Mt. Bachelor, think about lodging somewhere in nearby Sunriver. “Stay somewhere in Sunriver [and] do all the touristy things,” Rachael suggests. “Shop in town…” or grab a bite to each at the Village at Sunriver. “Sunriver is great,” says Rachael. “It seems like everything in the area is a VRBO.”