Northern Exposure

Highway 20 Opens This Week in the North Cascades

The first sign of mountain spring in Washington is when our northernmost cross-state highway opens, easing access to the Methow Valley and Lake Chelan.

05/09/2022 By Allison Williams

GIFT GUIDE

Gifts for the PNW Outdoor Fanatic in All of Us

From REI hiking boots to locally made ski gloves to running safety gear, here are the best gifts for campers, climbers, hikers, and more.

04/08/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Planner

What to Do in Washington State in April

From the visual feast of the Tulip Festival to the literal feast of the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, April has you covered on weekend plans.

04/01/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Spring to It

Where to Hit the Slopes for the End of Ski Season

The Washington ski season is almost over—better make those last turns count at these local ski resorts, including Crystal and Mount Baker.

03/31/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

In the Medal Hunt

The Locals Going to the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2022

These Washingtonians have qualified for the games in everything from figure skating and cross-country skiing to short-track speed skating and, yes, hockey.

02/23/2022 By Malia Alexander

Après Tell

Ski Tailgating Brings the Party to Mountain Parking Lots

Hot dogs on the grill and firepits in the snow: The after-ski hang is as important as the powder for those seeking a weekend outdoor getaway.

01/25/2022 By Allison Williams

Snow no

Why Is This Ski Season Such a Mess?

Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Summit at Snoqualmie have all had a bad winter season, with Vail Resorts coming under fire for mismanagement.

01/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Highway Help

How to Track Highway and Pass Closures in Washington

When it snows in the Cascades, here's how to find road closure info, pass reports, and traffic cameras for winter driving.

01/06/2022 By Jack Russillo

White out

What to Do When It Snows in Seattle

Suit up, leave the car, and grab the sled. Here are our best tips for the rare city blizzard in 2021.

12/24/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Summit at Snoqualmie Is Seattle's Closest Ski Spot

Seattle’s hometown hill packs plenty of room for skiers and snowboarders into an easy drive from the city.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

A New Book Goes Deep on Ski Bums

Seattle writer Heather Hansman set out to chronicle the unique milieu of American skiers and snowboarders

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Seattle-Area Ski and Snowboard Shops

Where to buy and rent skis, snowboards, boots, and other snow gear.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Stevens Pass Ski Area Undergoes Epic Change This Year

The ski mountain within easy driving distance of Seattle offered its Epic Passes at a tempting discount this year.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

The Ikon Pass Goes Big at Crystal Mountain

The biggest ski resort in Washington state has raised their prices and started charging for parking. But can they live up to the extra expense?

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

The Indy Pass Is Basically a Skier’s Smorgasbord

A new budget ski pass helps support smaller, independent resorts like White Pass near Yakima and Mission Ridge in Wenatchee.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Wine Not

Things to Do in Walla Walla

There's plenty of history to explore, plus golf, skiing, and electric bike tours. Oh, and the original Batman.

08/13/2021 By Allison Williams

Posh on the Pass

Property Watch: A Stevens Pass Ski Palace

An outdoor getaway for you and your 44 fanciest friends.

02/17/2021 By Sarah Anne Lloyd

Municipal Moguls

Urban Skiing Is Seattle's New Favorite Sport

Because sometimes sledding isn't enough.

02/15/2021 By Allison Williams

earned turns

Backcountry Skiing Is Blowing Up This Winter

Skiers are heading out-of-bounds in droves this season—but all those newbies could snowball into disaster.

11/25/2020 By Allison Williams

Snow Report

14 Ski Mountains to Visit Across the Pacific Northwest

A selection of the best ski resorts in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and British Columbia.

11/24/2020 By Allison Williams