Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

In the terrain park
In the terrain park at Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area is a small ski area located within Olympic National Park. Sometimes when the ski area is open, park rangers close the road because of avalanche danger in high wind conditions. However, the scenic vistas are unmatched anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest.

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area is oriented toward families and offers a quality winter experience without the congestion or high costs of most ski areas (Hurricane Ridge is operated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit). There are 10 minimally-groomed runs on the hill but advanced skiers and boarders will truly enjoy the bowls, glades and steeps that take a bit more effort to get to. There is also a terrain park featuring natural hits, jumps and natural-type rails. Something to keep in mind: there are no signs defining the boundaries of the ski area. Should you wander off in the distance, everything that happens is on you. Search and rescue operations take time and are very expensive...

The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center offers cross country, downhill and snowshoe rentals as well as food, beverages and restrooms. There are no overnight winter accommodations in the higher elevations of the park.

Hurricane Ridge also offers a 5-week ski and snowboard school with toddler, group and private lessons. There is also an Alpine ski team that trains at Hurricane Ridge and sends member athletes to compete in regional competitions.

Quick Facts about Hurricane Ridge Ski & Snowboard Area

Season: Mid-December through March
Hours of Operation: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm. Some holidays.
3 rope tows
Average Annual Snowfall: 400+ inches
Base elevation: 4,800 ft
Summit elevation: 5,500ft
Vertical Rise: 700 ft
Number of Trails: 10
Hurricane Ridge trail map
Hurricane Ridge Ski & Snowboard Area: Click on the map for a larger version
Photo and trail maps courtesy of Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area