No matter how you've felt about this ski season—was it cursed or just all the more reason to tailgate in the parking lot?—here's one undeniable truth: It's almost over. Enter the delightful days of spring skiing, both near and somewhat farther away from our Seattle home base.
45 minutes from Seattle | Through April 17
Like this spring weather with a stubborn mind of its own, Snoqualmie’s several bases each operate on their own schedules. Central’s last scheduled day is April 17, but the lifts may run for an additional two (bonus) weekends pending choice weather. Alpental’s steep runs and hair-raising back bowls plan to operate Friday through Sunday until April 10, then just Saturday and Sunday for the final two weekends until May 1 if the snow gods are good to us. In other news, it’s safe to store the cross-country skis and snowshoes for the season—Nordic skiing closed March 28 at the pass.
1 hour 30 minutes from Seattle | Through May 1
Stevens keeps the schedule straightforward: The resort is open from 9 to 4 every day until May. In addition, the 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails and 10 kilometers of marked snowshoe trails are open for Nordic travelers until April 17.
2 hours from Seattle | Through May 1
April 17 marks the last day of daily operations at the resort (kids 12 and under ski free until then) famed for its terrain and picturesque Rainier backdrop, but don’t pack up the boots just yet. The resort’s Green Valley lift will hold down the fort alone, hauling riders up the runs on the last two weekends of April from 9 to 2:30. Events like a mountainside beach party, denim-clad day, slushy Easter egg hunt, and, uh, bikini calendar contest promise to keep the party raging whether the snow falls or not. For those with a more independent mindset, all uphill travel routes are open (weather dependent, of course) for self-powered skiing.
2 hours 45 minutes from Seattle | Through April 24
Just about 10 miles south of the Canadian border, Mount Baker is open daily through April 10, then switches to a weekend schedule to finish off the season with lifts running Friday through Sunday until April 24. The slopes are still getting snow—one inch at a time, but we’ll take it. Historically, the mountain gets a couple dozen inches each April, but maybe wear your pajamas inside out and flush an ice cube for good measure.
3 hours from Seattle | Through April 10
Things are still up in the air (hopefully along with some snow) at Mission Ridge. The resort is scheduled to remain open Friday through Sunday for the first two weekends of April, but weekends after that are TBD. Either way, the last operating weekend of the season brings a quirky season-ending tradition, Flamingo Days. Skiers and snowboarders decked out in neon gear compete in a scavenger hunt for prizes, like a coveted 2022–2023 season pass.