Washington Ski Lodging: Find a Place in the Evergreens
Overall, Washington ski lodging isn’t known for its onsite accommodations. With the exception of Crystal Mountain, most ski areas focus on managing the slopes and offering a world-class ski experience, while letting surrounding hotels provide the lodging. That said, you usually don’t have to travel far, and you can still find plenty of ski-in/ski-out convenience. Most hotels around ski parks have also collaborated with the venue to provide ski-and-stay discounts. Look to take advantage of these, especially if you’re trying to be frugal. What follows are the major ski resorts, along with some tips on finding the perfect Washington ski lodging for you and your party.
Washington Ski Lodging
49 Degrees North
For Washington ski lodging when you’re skiing 49 Degrees North, consider the city of Chewelah, just a few miles down Flowery Trail Road from the ski area. The Nordlig Motel bills itself as Chewelah’s coziest motel and is only 10 miles from the slopes. They offer a ski-and-stay package that is $123 per night for two people, which includes two lift tickets. Also in Chewelah is the Mountain View Lodge. This lodge offers four guest rooms and a private guesthouse for visitors. The daily room rate is $129 per room for two people with an additional $10 charge for every additional person. They also offer a ski and stay package that is $196 per night for two people, and comes with lift tickets to the resort. If Chewelah is completely booked, the city of Spokane is only 60 miles south of the resort. Because Spokane is the largest city in Eastern Washington, you will find almost every chain hotel possible. Rates will vary from $84 to $109 per night for the less expensive chains, and $189 to $249 for more upscale hotels.
Crystal Mountain has several onsite options for you to stay at. Silver Skis Chalet offers condominiums that are located just footsteps from the mountain gondola and lifts. There are 60 different units available, which can handle parties from 4 to 8 people. Prices at Silver Skis range from $200 to $275 per night. With the condominium rental comes access to a heated outdoor pool, which is kept at a toasty 98 degrees in the winter. Nearby, the Alta Crystal Resort offers chalet suites that are designed for couples or small families. For an extra romantic getaway, they also offer a Honeymoon Cabin with a private balcony and a full kitchen. Prices for the suites range from $270 to $290 per night. There are also three hotels at the base of the mountain: The Alpine Inn, Quicksilver Lodge, and Village Inn. All three feature ski-in access and are just moments away from the gondola. Rooms are available for up to four people and range from $115 to $260 per night. Of note is that all Alpine Inn rooms have neither a television nor phone in-room. Washington ski lodging is also available in the areas surrounding Crystal Mountain. The city of Enumclaw is only 40 miles away, and they have two simple motels that offer clean and comfortable rooms for only $62 to $86 per night during peak ski season.
Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is only about 12 minutes from downtown Wenatchee. So while there are no rooms onsite for you to stay at, you can still find great options for Washington ski lodging. Mission Ridge has partnered with several hotels in the area to get you great deals on ski and stay packages. Included in these packages are two lift tickets and a free shuttle to and from the resort to your hotel. The four hotels participating in these packages are the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel ($179 to $239 per night), the Comfort Suites ($192 per night), the Holiday Inn Express ($189 per night), and the Springhill Suites by Marriott ($219 per night). All four hotels are located near downtown Wenatchee, so the apres-ski festivities are right there for you to enjoy. Alternate lodgings are available. The Best Western is located nearby and runs $99 per night. Other chain hotels are nearby, such as La Quinta, Super 8, and EconoLodge. However, you will need to provide your own transportation to the resort.
The Summit at Snoqualmie
There is no formal Washington ski lodging at the Summit. However, there is a 24-hour parking lot, and many people bring campers and set up in the lot to camp over the weekend. If that’s not your idea of a good time, there are plenty of lodging partners offsite as well. The Best Western Snocap Lodge is only 30 miles away and offers a ski and stay package for $199 per night. Other options nearby include the Salish Lodge, or the Valley High Mt. Lodge. For a unique experience, the Roaring River B&B is a great place to stay. Rooms range from $175/$195 for weekdays/weekends to $119 for multiple nights. Of course, every morning greets you with a hot and hearty breakfast, perfect for heading out to the slopes.
Mt. Spokane Ski Park
There is no onsite lodging for Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard. Spokane is an hour away, but it’s also the largest city in eastern Washington, so there is any number of lodging options available with plenty of charm. As such, this ski park is a favorite of Spokane locals, as well as visitors who are looking to combine skiing within a larger trip. From large chain hotels, such as La Quinta ($89/night) to Hilton DoubleTree ($109/night), to a Quality Inn ($84/night), a wide range of options is available.
Mount Baker Ski Resort is located near the end of a long and winding drive along Route 542. The closest lodging is at Snowater Lodge, 20 miles from the ski area. There are 43 condominiums (21 1-bedroom and 22 2-bedroom units). Each unit has a full kitchen and laundry facilities on-site. Rental includes access to two heated indoor pools and a sauna. Prices range from $130 to $165 per night. Mt. Baker cabins are only a few more miles down the road and have lodging for groups in size from 2 to 13. Prices run from $149 for a double occupancy to $449 for a full lodge rental. If you’re willing to drive farther, Bellingham is 60 miles from the ski area. Bellingham is a larger city, so it has the typical chain hotels, such as Best Western, Days Inn, and Rodeway. Prices for this Washington ski lodging typically range from $85 to $100 per night.
Bluewood Ski Area is located a half-hour away from Dayton via North Touchet Road. In Dayton, there are eight hotels. The major chain hotel is the Best Western Plus, which averages $99 per night. The Weinhard Hotel has quaint rooms with historic décor. The cost for a room is between $125 and $180 per night. The Purple House is a charming bed and breakfast with sixteen different rooms. The prices range from $95 to $135 with a full hot breakfast served daily. The Blue Mountain Motel is the epitome of a budget hotel, with basic rooms for less than $60 per night. If none of these suit you, travelling another half-hour south along SR-20 will lead you to Walla Walla. This city has a lot to offer in the way of Washington ski lodging, including a Holiday Inn, a Marcus Whitman, Travelodge, and Hampton Inn, with most lodging costs at $65 to $139 per night. Keep in mind that you will be driving an hour to the slopes and back again at the end of the day, however.
Stevens Pass has no onsite lodging. Choices are divided into those on the east of the pass, namely in Leavenworth, and those on the west. In Leavenworth, there are at least twenty smaller hotels that cater to the ski and stay crowd. The Mountain Home Lodge is the closest to Stevens, and has two private cabins as well as ten rooms. Prices average at $400 per night for a room and $650 per night for cabins. The Enchantment Lodge is another popular destination for Washington ski lodging, even with rooms that can run $700 to $800 per night. The Enchanted River Inn is a local B&B whose rates run at $250 per night with spacious rooms and incredible views of the mountains. Options that are more frugal are available as well. There is a Howard-Johnson Express that runs $85 per night, as well as the Alpine Rivers Inn that is $130 per night.
On the west side of the pass, The Cascadia Inn has 14 rooms and is only 17 minutes from the resort. The rooms are simply furnished and most do not have a phone or television. Nine rooms share a common bathroom, but five have a private bath. Prices range from $69 per night for shared bath to $95 for a private bath and a television in room. Farther away, there are several smaller inns that offer rooms, such as the Stevens Pass Motel ($81 per night), and the Dutch Cup Motel ($95 per night).