Echo Valley Photo Credit: Terrie Carleton
7. Echo Valley
This Chelan-area ski and tubing hill would be a very ambitious day trip (3–4 hour drive from Seattle), but if you have the time, take a few days and book a place to stay. With rope tows and a four-lane tubing hill, this volunteer, nonprofit resort is a great option for families who want to get away.
Fee: $15 for a full-day pass ($10 for a half-day) for tubing with tube provided. Free for kids ages 5 and under and fifth graders. Fifth graders ski and tube for free here.
Status: As of Dec. 20, Echo Valley's website indicates it's closed due to low snow but aiming to open on Dec. 22. Check the website for updates.
Hours: Open daily, check the website for holiday hours.
Warm up: The base area has a day lodge with a roaring fireplace and an eatery.