6. Hurricane Ridge
Editor's note: Access to Olympic National Park has re-opened following the government shutdown. A note on the Hurricane Ridge Facebook page indicates they're working on getting the tubing hill open. Check back for status updates.
Located 17 miles from Port Angeles inside Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge is a small skiing and snowboarding area that also has a dedicated tubing run. Stop by the Hurrican Ridge Visitor Center for restrooms, exhibits, movie and warming area. There is also a snack bar. Check weather and road conditions online.
Another option — for kids ages 8 and under only — is sledding on the small hill west of the visitor center. The national park permits kids to sled and tube for free (though all visitors to the national park pay the entrance fee) with their tubes or plastic sleds. Runner sleds are not permitted. Kids ages 9 and older and adults are not allowed to sled here; they can tube at the ski area's dedicated tubing hill.
Fee: At the ski area: $10 for a one-hour session, including tube. The dedicated tubing hill is a walk-up; no tow rope. Free sledding and tubing for kids ages 8 and under with their own sleds at the hill by the visitor center.
Status: Hurricane Ridge is set to open Saturday, Dec. 22 for skiing, riding, tubing and other winter recreation. Conditions are variable and there's a long winding road to reach the ridge, so before heading out, always check the website or Hurricane Ridge Twitter feed for daily status updates.
Warm up: The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is usually open and has restrooms, exhibits, a park film and warming area. From mid-December to the end of March, the Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Rental Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holiday Mondays. Check here for exact dates.