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Seattle is the cosmopolitan city of the Northwest. Situated between the glistening shores of Elliott Bay and the beautiful snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier, the city itself is stunning, its skyline an aesthetic composition of soaring glass skyscrapers, historic stone buildings and compelling public art. Its origins as a major seaport have endured through the centuries making Seattle the largest city in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. It also proudly boasts a culture rich in Native American roots, pioneer and gold rush history, and serves as one of the United States most valuable ports to this day.

The city may be best known for its rain and live music scene but it also serves as a great launching point to great ski resorts in the area. Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and The Summit at Snoqualmie are three fantastic ski destinations outside Seattle. While commonly not thought of as a ski mecca, the city has many great options for purchasing ski and ride gear and a wide range of rental equipment. There’s an array of quality jackets, gloves, hats, helmets, goggles, pants, and more at lower prices than typically found on the mountain.

Three Resorts Just Outside Seattle

Crystal Mountain is only 87 miles from Seattle. It has 3,100 feet of vertical and is spread over more than 2,600 acres, including 300 acres of backcountry. The area offers terrain for everyone, has great prices, a bus shuttle to the mountain, and a wonderfully friendly staff. It’s a local’s favorite and because it’s a little farther than the other resorts in the area the crowds are generally much smaller.

The Summit at Snoqualmie is 29 miles from Seattle. It contains nearly 2,000 acres and boasts more than 2,800 feet of vertical, on the highest of its four mountains. The runs are divided 14 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, and 41 percent advanced. Visitors love how close to Seattle the ski area is and its long opening hours, and 600 acres of night-time skiing, making it possible to enjoy the ski area longer than most.

Steven’s Pass is 78 miles from Seattle. It’s a gorgeous resort that spans 1,125 acres and 1,800 feet of vertical. The trails are rated 11 percent beginner, 54 percent intermediate, and 35 percent advanced. Skiers and riders absolutely love the diversity of terrain, the consistent conditions and the delicious slope-side fare.

Online Ski Shopping and Seattle Ski Shops

It’s vitally important to be prepared on the slopes, especially when skiing areas like Alpental of Summit at Snoqualmie. Not having the right equipment, ill-fitting, or old gear can turn a great ski vacation into a nightmare. Check out great prices and excellent coupons on soft gear, hard gear, or rent a different brand and test before you buy. Major metropolitan areas are generally the best bet to find the lowest prices and widest selection on retail and rental goods.

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