Hurricane Ridge, WA: Mountain Playground Group Spotlight

Hurricane Ridge is a member of the Mountain Playground Group, an international consortium of 8 like-minded community ski areas banding together to drive down expenses while increasing efficiencies and profits, working on large scale initiatives, as well as increasing market awareness. 

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Lift assisted skiing has existed in the Olympic Mountains since 1936, making it one of the earliest ski areas in the US. In 1959, the lift operation moved from Deer Park to the present location at Hurricane Ridge (17 miles and 4,800 feet above Port Angeles, WA) after the NPS constructed a new all season road and lodge in 1957. In 1970, a Poma was installed after funds were raised by selling shares in a new corporation called Olympic Ski Lifts, Inc.

Hurricane Ridge and the Olympic Mountains

Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Area utilizes a simple trailer to serve as it’s Mountain Operations Center (MOC). Sharing the parking lot is the National Park Service visitor’s center, which includes a cafeteria, information kiosk and bathrooms.

Main Lodge

The Mountain Operations Center

The ski area offers a “Bunny” tow, an “Intermediate” tow and a Poma on the backside, which is often protected from the prevailing winds. Group and private lessons are available. The Intermediate is likely the world’s fastest rope tow and rubber gloves are highly suggested.

Hot Laps

Hot Laps

The ski area is operated by the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club with support from the non-profit 501(c)3 Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation. Club members are a group of community and youth oriented winter sports enthusiasts, committed to preserving the area now, and for the future.

Ice Station Zebra, Ski Patrol HQ

Hurricane Ridge is the only ski area on the West Coast where you can check the surf break from the summit.

Surf Break

The Strait of Juan de Fuca

Just outside the controlled area, bowls and ridges exists in both directions. When leaving the boundaries, it is highly suggested to ski with a partner plus a beacon, probe and shovel as much of the terrain is avalanche prone.

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North Bowl

Hurricane Ridge is the westernmost ski area in the lower 48 and only one of three ski areas situated in a National Park.

MOUNTAIN STATS

Lifts: 1 Poma and 2 Rope Tows 

Acres: 200 patrolled, unlimited outside the boundary

Trails: 10 total, Beg-10%, Int-30%, Adv-25%, Exp-25% plus sidecountry and infinite backcountry skiing

Vertical: 800′

2015-16 weekend lift ticket: $35 adult

National Park Entrance Fee: $15 per vehicle, $30 for season

Operates: Weekends and Holidays

Annual Average Snowfall: 400 Inches

Road Conditions: National Park Service Twitter

Website: www.hurricaneridge.com

Mountain Playground Card Benefit: Free lift ticket for 5th passenger all season long

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