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5 Great Ski Resorts Near Olympia

Do you live near Olympia and looking for a great place to ski with your family? Or maybe you’re just dreaming of skiing, but don’t want to travel too far. Have no fear - there are plenty of excellent ski areas less than three hours away from the city! You can enjoy all the thrills of skiing without spending days on a road trip or costly airline tickets. In this post, we will show you our picks of five amazing ski areas that you can visit within three hours of Olympia. Get ready for powdery snowfields, stunning mountain views, and unforgettable memories!


Crystal Mountain

Launched in 1962, Crystal Mountain has become the largest ski resort in Washington state. Located in the Northeast corner of Mount Rainier, the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort stretches across 2,600 acres and more than 2,400 vertical feet.

On top of the fabulous skiing and snowboarding options, there are beautiful gondola rides that take in the entire view of the mountain, and amazing food is offered at the Summit House.

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The Summit at Snoqualmie

Nestled in the Snoqualmie Pass of Interstate 90, an hour and a half will get you to one of the most all-inclusive ski areas in the state.

There are options for downhill skiing, snow tubing, Alpine skiing, and snowboarding, including the most night skiing in the United States. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to enjoy dining with a view at the Timberwolf Pub.

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White Pass

Another short drive from Olympia into the Cascades lies White Pass, a ski area with majestic views of Mount Rainier and filled with relaxed fun for the whole family.

White Pass features slopeside lodging at the Village Inn, on-site Child Care, multiple dining options, full-service Learning, and Nordic, Rental & Retail Centers, all found in a relaxed family atmosphere.

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Mount Hood Meadows

Mount Hood Meadows is just 90 minutes away from Portland and delivers a one-of-a-kind mount experience. Mount Hood Meadows operates on the sunny, wind-protected side of Mt. Hood, and its playful terrain welcomes all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

The resort offers more than 2,150 acres of skiing opportunities, ranging from beginners to experienced skiers. Mount Hood Meadows also offers night lighting and has multiple summer activities available like mountain biking, go-carts, and mini golf.

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Mount Hood Ski Bowl

Mt. Hood Skibowl’s origin dates back to 1928, making the resort one of the oldest remaining ski resorts in the country. The ski area began as two separate resorts Skibowl and Multorpor. While Skibowl’s name was derived from the natural shape of its Upper Bowl, Multorpor’s name came from the combination of Multnomah County, Oregon, and Portland.

You can book a stay at Collins Lake Resort, a beautiful hotel within walking distance of the Ski Bowl, and exciting events like Cosmic Tubing make Mount Hood Ski Bowl a unique mountain experience.

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