Swimsuit Season on the Slopes

Spring means it’s party time at Washington state ski areas.

There’s a lot to celebrate. The 2015-16 season was a huge win for the regional ski industry, rebounding from a disastrous drought year in 2014-15.

Most ski areas are planning to close this month. Projected closing dates and celebrations:

Crystal Mountain

2014-Bikini Downhill-Moseley
Crystal’s Bikini Downhill is on April 9.
  • Closing date: April 17. Reopening May 28 with skiing in Green Valley only.
  • Parties: Bikini Downhill on April 9; closing weekend Blast to the Past party April 16-17.


Stevens Pass

Retro Fools Day party at Stevens Pass.

  • Closing date: April 17.
  • Parties: Springfest on April 17, with a dummy downhill and pond skim.

Summit at Snoqualmie

A pond skimmer at Summit at Snoqualmie’s Spring Splash 2016.
  • Closing date: TBD
  • Parties: Back Bowls Booter Buddies April 30 at Alpental; Cinco de Mayo at Alpental (snowpack dependent).

Mission Ridge

Flamingo Days at Mission Ridge.
  • Closing date: April 24.
  • Parties: Wine Tasting at the Top on April 16;  Flamingo Days on the April 23-24 weekend.

White Pass

A skier sprays late-afternoon snow on Roller at White Pass.
  • Closing date: May 1 (projected). 
  • Parties: Swimsuit Run pond skim to benefit the White Pass Ski Patrol on April 16.

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Chair 4 at Mt. Baker
Sunrise at Mt. Baker Ski Area.
  • Closing date: April 24. 

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