All Over The Northwest, The Lights Go On For Night Skiing And Riding
For Pacific Northwest skiers and riding seeking a different look, feel, and sound -- and fewer crowds -- to their experience, check out night skiing.
From the rust-like glow of lights to the chilly nighttime temps to the muffling echoes of carving edges, hitting the slopes after the sun goes down is different. And, in Washington and Oregon, there is a slew of resorts that keep things open after sunset.
Among Seattle's favorites, Crystal Mountain turns on the lights on the slopes to the viewer's left of the base area, serviced by three lifts and mostly green runs. Night skiing begins at 2 p.m. Friday-Sunday, but other lifts run to 3:30 p.m., making it a smooth transition from day to evening skiing and riding.
Every night, one or more of Summit at Snosqualmie's three areas lights up. Some 600 acres are lit, among the most in the U.S. Summit Central open evenings till 10 p.m. Lessons available, and Summit West -- open Thursday-Sunday -- most always has freshies on Wednesday night.
Stevens Pass runs six lifts Wednesday-Saturday, 4-10 p.m., but sometimes every day.
To the southeast, Mission Ridge cranks up two chairs and two rope tows for the same evenings, 4-9 p.m.
And on the eastern slope, management opens up three chairs on the front side of Mt. Spokane for Wednesday-Saturday night skiing and riding.
Elsewhere in Washington, White Pass and Mt. Ashland have canceled twilight/night skiing and riding for the season because of Covid-19 precautions.
Over in Oregon, Hoodoo expanded to 500 acres and 23 runs Wednesday-Saturday. Slopeside RV campsites fit well with after-dark skiing.
Among the resorts with the most night terrain, Mt. Hood SkiBowl cranks up all four chairs, has 34 runs from greens to blacks, seven evenings a week.
On the slopes of Mt. Hood, Timberline touts its Alpine night-sky viewing -- especially with full moons -- on weekends. Runs lit off Bruno's and revamped Pucci lifts.
Mt. Hood Meadows offers evening lessons to go with 140 acres five nights a week.