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

Ski season has already begun in Northwest resorts. Here's what's new, what's different, and how the heck snowsports will work during a pandemic.

11/24/2020 By Allison Williams

Silver lining

Ski Season Is Still On—Crystal Mountain Opens Wednesday

This year means more masks and advance reservations, but also more snow.

11/17/2020 By Allison Williams

WIDE OPEN SPACES

How to Get Outside to Beat Cabin Fever

Social distance yourself right out into the woods and ski slopes—but take a few precautions.

03/13/2020 By Allison Williams

Sustainable Slopes

Ski Sustainably on These Utah Slopes

In the face of climate change, Utah’s famed snow playgrounds are getting serious about green initiatives.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

DON'T PASS ME BY

We Hope People Fall In Love on the New Stevens Pass Ski Shuttle

The service is meant to alleviate parking overcrowding, but it's the ski bus camaraderie that we're excited about.

02/14/2020 By Zoe Sayler

GAME OF GAMES

6 Seattle Strategies for Super Bowl Avoidance

Avoiding football like the plague? When the big game rolls around, these spots are extra super.

01/31/2020 By Nicole Martinson, Nicole Pasia, and Ryan Phelan

Winter Town

This British Columbia Wonderland Belongs Inside a Snow Globe

Canadian snow playground Rossland channels old-school ski vibes.

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams

Slope Stories

A Short History of Washington's Bygone Ski Hills

Over the years, some of the state’s ski mountains proved as ephemeral as snowflakes.

12/18/2018 By Christina Ausley

The Sellouts

Washington's Biggest Resorts Just Got Bought by Conglomerates

It might ruin the Northwest ski scene—and save it at the same time.

12/18/2018 By Allison Williams

First Tracks

Jason Hummel Wants to Ski Every Glacier in Washington

The Gig Harbor denizen has the whole mountain to himself—sometimes whole mountain ranges—in his skiing quest.

12/18/2018 By Allison Williams

Out of Thin Air

Skier Hilaree Nelson Takes On Lhotse

The Seattle-born adventurer just skied off the top of the world. Oh, and she was the first one to ever do it.

12/18/2018 By Allison Williams

Let It Snow

The Seattle Met Guide to Skiing and Winter Fun

Winter isn’t a season in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a way of life.

12/18/2018 By Allison Williams

Road Trip

How to Find Peace and Quiet in a Whistler That’s Bigger Than Ever

Under new Vail Resorts ownership, North America’s biggest ski mountain isn’t getting any smaller. But it does have some pockets of serenity.

11/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Highway Help

Your Complete Guide to Highway and Pass Closures

Where to find road closure info, pass reports, and traffic cameras for winter driving.

02/09/2017 By Jack Russillo

New and Notable

Pacific Northwest Ski Report: What's New, What's Open

Check the opening status for seven resorts in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

11/22/2016 By Jack Russillo

Weekend Pass

Backcountry Skiing in the Cascades

With a La Niña year on the horizon, experts are forecasting a winter of epic snowfall. Backcountry skiing takes you to that powder—but pristine slopes come with a price.

11/21/2016 By Allison Williams

From Our Media Partner

KING 5: 188 Inches of Snow Has Fallen at Mount Baker This Season

A wet and rainy few weeks in Western Washington have translated into heavy snow in the mountains.

12/14/2015 By Elizabeth Wiley, KING 5 News

Ski Season

Will We Get Any Snow This Year?

Last season was one of the worst snow years on record. Can our state's ski hills weather the weather?

10/30/2015 By Allison Williams

Snow News

The Biggest Ski Mountain You've Never Heard Of

Does British Columbia want the Jumbo Glacier Resort, even if it's the best in the world?

10/13/2015 By Allison Williams