6. Hurricane Ridge
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. Check weather and road conditions online and on the ski area’s Facebook page for updates.
Another option — for kids ages 8 and younger 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 own 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, pay $22 for 10 tubing runs (which can be spread out over multiple visits). Tubing tickets are sold onsite only. The dedicated tubing hill is a walk-up; no rope tow.
Status: Operators hope to open the ski area and tubing hill the weekend of Dec.16, but it is conditional on snowfall. Conditions are variable, so status can change day by day — and remember, you reach this place by a long, winding mountain road that begins a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle. Call 360-565-3131 for daily road status and ski and tubing conditions, check the Facebook page or the Hurricane Ridge Twitter feed. Also note the parking lot at Hurricane Ridge fills quickly and then the road closes. It's advised you arrive at the gate to the national park by 8 a.m. for the best chance of a parking spot at the top.
Warm up: Since the visitor center was tragically destroyed in a fire, temporary trailers will provide restrooms and a visitor contact station. The contact station will be staffed intermittently Friday–Sunday. Be prepared to use you vehicle as a warming area and be sure to pack extra food, water, dry clothing, and blankets or sleeping bags.
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