In the winter, the Evergreen State becomes an outdoors recreation wonderland.

But the options for snowy fun can be overwhelming — where to even begin?

Weekend warriors and dyed-in-the-white-wool powderhounds, too: Consult this guide to winter sports in Washington, covering snowshoeing and snowmobiling adventures, our local ski hills, the backcountry, the good bites nearby and more.

The Rainy Day Reuben at Louski’s Deli in Skykomish is available whether or not the power is out in the small town, as Louski’s is the only restaurant in the town with a generator.

Hungry after a day on the slopes at The Summit at Snoqualmie, Crystal Mountain or Stevens Pass? Our food writer found tasty patty melts and the world’s best corn dog.

Martha Bellisle, an AP global investigations reporter by day and a top-flight biathlon athlete, trains  on roller-skis for a competition on a trail on the east side of Lake Sammamish Monday, November 28, 2022.


Martha Bellisle, 64, has racked up 10 gold medals in national and international biathlon competitions since taking up the sport after covering the 2014 Olympics.

The snowshoe route to Sun Top Lookout near Mountain Rainier offers picturesque views. However, it’s a strenuous trek to the top with a gain of more than 3,000 feet.

Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and appreciate nature in the winter. Especially if you like to hike in the warmer months.

With tree trunks burnt black behind them, cross-country skiers move along a trail in the Methow Valley in December 2021.

A decorated biathlon athlete, Martha Bellisle of Issaquah knows her way around Washington Nordic facilities. These are her top picks for cross-country skiing.

The Liberty Bell looms over Washington Pass as Justin Smith carves turns on a backcountry ski run called Portly Bowl while mountain guide Josh Cole looks on.

Snowmobiling can give you access to some unique parts of the North Cascades that are otherwise difficult to get to in the winter months.

Annette Diggs is a ski instructor and founder of EDGE Outdoors, a non-profit that teaches snow sports to people of color.

Annette Diggs did not enjoy her first ski lesson. In five years, she’s become a ski instructor and a force for change, diversifying an often white, male space.

Skiers and snowboarders come back down into the main base area at Crystal Mountain on the first day of general public access Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. 222234

Here’s a rundown of everything new this winter in Washington’s snowy recreation areas, with notes on ski areas, gear, the snow itself, the backcountry and more.

Six-year-old Caleb Deappolonio and mom Tiffany point out various skiing medals to three-year old brother Evan at the Washington State Ski & Snowboard Museum at Snoqualmie Pass Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. The Deappolonios had been up tubing at the pass and stopped in for a bite to eat at The Commonwealth when they noticed the museum right next door and decided to pay it a visit.  222310

A new exhibit at the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum at Snoqualmie Pass shows how our state played a big part in bringing snowboarding into the mainstream.

The slopes are open from northern Oregon to British Columbia, with plenty of lifts in between. Here’s a guide to ski areas within a five-hour drive of Seattle.