What to Do in Washington State in April

Apples and tulips hold down classic festivals, while the Washington State Fair makes a comeback. Plus: Racing crabs.

03/31/2023 By Allison Williams

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.

03/15/2023 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach and Allison Williams

Short Stops

Crystal Mountain's Famed Snorting Elk Bar Sold to New Owner

But the nachos aren't going anywhere at Washington state's classic post-ski spot.

02/21/2023 By Allison Williams


Women-Run Activewear Brands in the Seattle Area

Support local companies run by women, for women.

12/27/2022 By Zoe Sayler


Gifts for the PNW Outdoor Fanatic in All of Us

From the best Patagonia running windbreaker to outdoor clothing for any weather, here are the best gifts for campers, climbers, hikers, and more.

12/12/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Talk About a Freeze

We Heart the Big Dark: Seattle's Top Winter Activities

What are winters like in Seattle? We say fun, with the best winter activities involving lots of snow, festivities, and cozy recipes.

12/08/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Snow Report

Best Ski Hills to Visit Across the Pacific Northwest

Ski season has already begun in Northwest resorts. Here's what's new, what's different, and where to ski and snowboard from Canada to Oregon.

11/29/2022 By Allison Williams

Snow Business

Volunteers Patrol the Slopes at Washington Ski Mountains

Crucial rescue duties on the ski hill, from emergency care to chairlift evacuations, are mostly done by unpaid workers—even at for-profit resorts.

11/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Snow Plans

The Washington Ski Season Pass Guide for 2022–23

Epic, Ikon, and the indie alternative: Changes are afoot for ski-all-winter tickets at Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain, and Summit at Snoqualmie.

10/31/2022 By Allison Williams


We Needed This: TaraShakti Revives Vintage Ski Suits

Find high-quality, vintage-inspired, one-piece ski suits from women-founded Seattle outdoorwear company TaraShakti.

09/30/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Made in WA

Outdoor Gear Invented in Washington

Seattle's obsession with hiking, camping, and all things outdoors is patented, from water skis to the Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad.

08/23/2022 Edited by Benjamin Cassidy By Zoe Sayler and Allison Williams

summer slopes

Ski Areas Shift to Mountain Bike Parks in Summer

Stevens Pass reopens as a two-wheel destination this week, with Summit at Snoqualmie soon to follow.

07/27/2022 By Allison Williams

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

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