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Outdoor recreation abounds in the valley with each season ushering in a slew of new activities and these frigid mornings are creating the ideal conditions for winter sports. So bust out the wax, dust off the boots, grab your poles it’s officially time to hit the slopes!
With spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, a new high camp lodge, and an expanded trail system, White Pass is the place for winter recreation. The icing on the cake? It’s a stone’s throw away at less than hour’s drive from most places in the valley.
Whether you’re into cross country skiing, snow shoeing, or catching some air at the terrain park, White Pass has got you and your family covered. Rental gear, check, lessons, a lodge with hot cocoa at the ready, and reasonably priced passes – check, check, and check!
Distance: About a 60-90 min drive from anywhere in the valley
What to bring: Ski’s, snowboards, snow shoes, and any other winter gear you have
Who should go: Those with a penchant for alpine adventure
Cost: Passes range anywhere from $5-$57 depending on age, range, and how long you want to ski (bonus, they have military, school, and group rates)
When: Winter is an especially fantastic time to visit, but hit the hiking trails in late spring, summer and fall (part of the Pacific Crest Trail goes through the pass) and you don’t want to miss out on the abundance of wild huckleberries and blueberries in late summer
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