If you and the little ones want to hit the slopes around Seattle, you'll want to seek out a resort that has great ski schools, fun family activities and delicious dining options (as well as perhaps a few adult-friendly treats like spas or off-piste adventures). Thankfully, the region around Seattle includes some top spots such as Snoqualmie, Crystal Mountain and White Pass. Each of these resorts has its own character, with varying levels of snowfall, facilities, crowding and cost. You'll need to weigh up the options to find the best mountain resort to suit you.
With a name like White Pass you know you can expect swathes of soft, deep snow to explore, and this tranquil resort offers just that. Located around 2.5 hours from Seattle, White Pass is a family-friendly resort that provides both downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as tubing and cross-country routes for those who prefer perfectly-groomed Nordic trails. White Pass features lessons, equipment rental and childcare so you have everything you need for an unforgettable family ski vacation.
Probably the largest ski resort near Seattle, Crystal Mountain has years of experience creating epic family ski holidays. With everything from snow sports lessons for children of all ages, to snowboarding parks, gondola rides and a fun après ski scene, Crystal Mountain is a popular (if expensive) choice. Crystal features 11 lifts so there are routes for everyone to enjoy, no matter your level.
Just an hour from Seattle, The Summit at Snoqualmie is a good option for families and beginners as the resort offers a huge range of activities to keep the kids busy. Although the resort receives the least amount of snow in the region, there is usually enough to enjoy snowshoeing, tubing, skiing and boarding. As it's so close to the city, families can try out a day trip before plumping for a full ski vacation with the kids.
The winter wonderland that is Mount Baker is known for its deep snowfall and runs of varying degrees of difficulty that make for fun (yet sometimes challenging) days on the slopes. However, despite the backcountry ski opportunities and deep snow, the Mt. Baker Ski Area is also surprisingly family friendly with a dedicated Powder Pups Program for kids between ages 4-6 where kids go free and parents receive half-price passes if they start skiing after 11 am!
The pristinely-groomed slopes of Mission Ridge are amazing for all the family, with both adult and children's lessons available and even a Learn to Ski/Snowboard Freedom Pass which gives you unlimited access! Once you've got to grips with the gear, you'll be yearning to get out on the slopes to enjoy the light powder and incredible scenery.
Last but by no means least is Stevens Pass. This family-friendly ski resort lies just two hours from Seattle and receives an awesome amount of snow each year! Stevens Pass offers beginner ski and snowboarding lessons for all ability levels for ages 3 and up so that you're ready to hit the slopes. Please note, however, that Stevens Pass does not offer daycare facilities so it's best for families where everyone is going to be skiing.