The Ski with an Olympian program turns former medal chasers into ski guides who lead groups that can skip lift lines, including at the mountain’s two new chairlifts. whistlerblackcomb.com

Olympic National Park

For the first time in decades, the 97-year-old Lake Crescent Lodge will be open in winter, offering lodging through January 1 and a Dickens-themed Christmas bash. olympicnationalparks.com


The Bavarian hamlet hosts the brand-new Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival January 10 and 11, a mosh-for-warmth version of last summer’s immersive Timber! blog.artisthomebooking.com

④ Richland

REI funded a grant to create the Tapteal Water Trail, the region’s first water trail—35 miles of the Yakima River for paddlers who want livelier waters than those of the rolling Columbia. tapteal.org

Coeur d’Alene

The largest holiday light show ever (on water) uses 1.5 million twinklers and tops the Coeur d’Alene Resort with a 3,000-pound wreath. cdaresort.com


Tony Hawk: Rad Science explains science through the lens of extreme sports, opening February 1 at OMSI. omsi.edu

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of Seattle Met.