Winter Activities

Skiing & Snowboarding

Alpine SkiingThe mountains of the Byway's White Pass area offer premier skiing and the driest powder in the Cascades. Averaging over 300 inches of snowfall a year, ski and boarding enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels will enjoy relaxed slopes and steep runs. An acclaimed family-friendly ski resort, it also serves as a training ground for Olympic medalists. Hit the hills and find excellent snow conditions on the slopes November through May - it's a must ski!

White Pass is also known as one of the top mountains to board in the Northwest. From its half pipe and natural quarter-pipes, drops and chutes, these runs will challenge the most experienced boarder. But no worries if you're new to the sport - there are plenty of areas just the place for beginning boarders looking to find their snow legs. Abundant snowfall, unspoiled beauty and a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere make this place a snow-lover's paradise. More info

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country SkiingA world apart from the race of alpine skiers and snowboarders, spend the day weaving through peaceful forests and meadows on cross-country skis. The White Pass area offers an intricate web of groomed cross-country trails at the resort, as well as scenic logging roads and open slopes. The peace and quiet of the Byway's ski trails offer breathtaking vistas as well as classic forested snow scenes. Experience the magic and beauty of the season gliding along through the wilderness. More info

Snowmobiling

SnowmobilingThose with a love of the snow and a need for speed -- climb aboard a snowmobile and experience the Byway's beckoning backcountry. Miles and miles of groomed trails are ready and waiting for this enthusiastic group of recreationists to hit the trails. Weaving in and out of the snow-covered trees, racing across meadows of white powder -- feel the rush of the cold winter air and experience this exhilarating, high speed adventure.

Washington State Snowmobile Sno-Parks
Snowmobile Usage in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
White Pass Road Conditions Webcam
Map of Snowmobiling Trails  [PDF file 340 KB]

Snowshoeing

SnowshoeingEach winter, summer hiking trails transform to a winter hiker's wonderland. Extensive trail systems around White Pass and the Skate Creek area offer snowshoers countless opportunities to explore the peace and solitude of quiet forests draped with fresh blankets of snow. One of the greatest and most relaxing ways to explore the season's beauty, strap on your shoes and start shooshing -- a memorable day is just a snow step away. More info

Wildlife Watching

Elk Feeding in the WinterObserve elk herds in numbers by the hundreds!  The supplemental winter feeding program of the Yakima elk herd kicks off each January at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area.  The resident herd includes nearly 3,000 elk, including 90 branched-antlered bulls. Over 100,000 visitors come to view these spectacular animals each year. A large parking and viewing area with an interpretive center allows the public to closely watch the elk. The visitor center is open daily during the winter months. A Discover Pass is required to view the elk at the Oak Creek Feeding Station. Alternately, a day pass can be purchased on location..

Oak Creek Feeding Station

 

Check out the Summer Activities along the White Pass Scenic Byway.

America's Byway - National Scenic Byway Program