Mission Ridge Ski Getaways
Mission Ridge is known for its powder with the highest base elevation in the state and an average snowfall of just under 200 inches per year. Thanks to a relatively dry climate and low temperatures that snow tends to stick around and maintain its fluffiness for quite some time. And if the snowfall isn't up to par there, Mission Ridge can still cover 66 acres of the terrain with the man-made stuff from top-to-bottom, which is 2,250 feet of vertical. Another average you might like is the average 300 of sunshine that Mission Ridge gets - those are pretty good odds.
Mission is another Washington area that the experienced skiers and riders will love since the majority of the terrain is rated intermediate level and above. There is still some gentle and easy beginner stuff and about 60 instructors work here to help you get to a point where to can enjoy everything that Mission Ridge has to offer. If you are new to the sport or start to sweat whenever you see blue or black on a trail marker you will pretty much be relegated to spending the day on the Rope Tow or Chair 1 which accesses Mimi and Wayhut, the only two named beginner trails. If that doesn't inspire you to improve, well, you don't know what you're missing! From the top of Chair 1 you can get over to Chair 3, with some great intermediate options and a couple of tight glades, or head to the summit on the Liberator Express high-speed quad for the B24 terrain park as well as more glades, bowls, chutes, steeps and cruisers. There is also Chair 4 from the base area with strictly intermediate slopes.