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Skiing & Snowshoeing Information

Skiing and snowshoeing links and information for Washington state.

Winter has arrived in the mountains. It's time to head out into the crisp cold air and do a little snowshoeing or cross country skiing.

Artist Point
The view of Mount Shuksan from Artist Point in the winter. This photo by Matt Leber won first prize in WTA's 2004 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest.

But where should you go? How does the Sno-Park permit system work? Where can you find groomed trails or gear rentals? Where is the avalanche danger the lowest?

You may already have a guidebook or two. The Mountaineers Books offers one snowshoe book, Dan Nelson's Snowshoe Routes: Washington, and Tom Kirkendall & Vicky Spring's 100 Best Cross Country Skiing Trails in Washington.  Both are worthwhile to own. But there are many more winter trails out there to discover.

WTA has pulled together dozens of winter recreation resources by region for you to ponder and plan your next adventure. The State Park website offers route maps for each of their Sno-Parks - great for using with a topo map. The Forest Service offers several trail summaries, especially for popular areas. Most of the downhill ski areas offer some Nordic opportunities and nearly all of them provide rentals of skis and snowshoes. And don't overlook the region's excellent ski clubs who do great grooming work on a volunteer basis.

We hope that this compendium of online winter recreation resources helps arm you with the information you need to plan a fun and safe winter adventure.

General Information

Always check these websites before heading into the mountains in winter. At the very least, they can help you choose the most rewarding route. And with Washington's notoriously unstable snow conditions, they could save your life.

Mt Baker/Mountain Loop Areas

Methow Valley/Lake Chelan Area

Highway 2 Corridor/Lake Wenatchee/Leavenworth

Snoqualmie Pass/I-90 Corridor/Blewett Pass

Mt. Rainier/White Pass/Hwy 410 Areas

Mt. Adams/Mt. St. Helen's and South


Inland Northwest/Eastern Washington

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