Live in the Yakima Valley - Winter Delights in the Yakima Valley


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Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy.  The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.



Winter Delights in the Yakima Valley

January 24, 2013

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Shoeing , Snowmobiling - The Sky's the Limit!

Perfect snow underfoot and brilliant blue skies overhead White Pass Ski Resort has been a skier and snowboarder’s paradise this month. New trails and expanded courses make White Pass Ski Area a regional favorite. White Pass is known as the laid back, friendly ski area amongst those who frequent the Washington Cascades. With 8 lifts (3 quads), over 2,000 vertical feet and nearly 1,500 acres White Pass offers terrain that suits everyone.

A Nordic Center and slopeside accommodations at the Village Inn make White Pass the perfect get-a-way. This is the second year Pacific Northwest snow enthusiasts have had to experience the newly expanded White Pass Ski Resort and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. According to Kathleen Goyette, director of marketing, “Not only did we have a record year for visitors, we received so many e-mails, cards, and letters from folks even we were surprised! And the feedback from our local visitors, who have always been very loyal, was simply overwhelming and humbling to take in.” The resort is located an hour from Yakima and after many years of effort, the resort added two new chair lifts, 15 new ski trails, and a new mid-mountain ski lodge. “Many of the letters we received praised us for persevering through the years of planning and setbacks because the end results were well worth it; those letters proved to us it was too,” added Goyette.

The resort experienced a 24 percent increase in visitors when they were expecting around 15 percent, and although this winter season came a bit later than last year’s, the number of visitors is still keeping up with their expectations. For generations the White Pass Ski area has provided Yakima Valley residents with year-round outdoor opportunities. During winter families can enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country runs and trails. In the summer, the region provides hikers, mountain bikers, and fishermen opportunities to enjoy the beautiful vistas of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountain Range. The Yakima Valley has a multitude of other winter outdoor recreational activities to put on your to-do list. Click here for more information on other winter activities.

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