A wise old Native American friend once told me, trees on mountain white, go snowboarding, trees on mountain green go surfing.
Obviously this was going to be a snowboard day.
Loaded up the rig and 17 miles later I was at the “Ridge” the best kept secret in WA.
Although one of the smaller ski areas in the state it makes up for size a few different ways. It has great beginner terrain as well as intermediate and advanced terrain. The area is the kind of place where locals drop off the kids in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day. A true throw back to a bygone carefree era.
But really what sets the Ridge apart is the unlimited access to both lift served and hike to backcountry skiing and snowboarding. From the top of the intermediate lift you have access to about 3 miles of ridge line with runs dropping down to the road for an easy hitch hike back to the ski area. Or you can drop down the other side of the ridge line and skin back out. There are also countless acres of terrain to access from the parking lot and spots along the road. It is well worth a visit for a day, weekend or a lifetime.
www.hurricaneridge.com for ski area info
https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-in-winter.htm for info on Olympic Nat Park
www.nxnwsurf.com for ski and snowboard rentals