Top 10 Snowiest Ski Resorts in the Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest from Space. photo: NASA
The Pacific Northwest from Space. photo: NASA

The Pacific Northwest of the United States of America is the snowiest place in North America.  It may be the snowiest place in the world.  The two states making up the bulk of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon & Washington, have very few ski resorts that receive under 400 inches of snow annually & Mt. Baker had the world record for annual snowfall at 1,140 inches of snow in a single year.

The Pacific Northwest is the king of snowfall, yet it continues to fly under the radar.  We thought we’d get together the 10 snowiest ski resorts in the Pacific Northwest and show skiers and riders that if you like snow, this is the place you need to be…

Mt. Bachelor, OR.
Mt. Bachelor, OR.

THE TOP 10 SNOWIEST SKI RESORTS IN
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST:

Mt. Baker sidecountry = Mt. Herman with flutes of snow. Baker dominates. photo: lee rentz
Mt. Baker sidecountry = Mt. Herman with flutes of snow. Baker dominates. photo: lee rentz

#1 – Mt. Baker, WA = 655”

Timberline Lodge, OR on Mount Hood.
Timberline Lodge, OR on Mount Hood.

#2 – Timberline Lodge, OR = 551”

Crystal Mountain in October. This place gets snow. photo: kim kirchner
Crystal Mountain in October. This place gets snow. photo: kim kirchner

#3 – Crystal Mountain, WA = 486”

Mt. Bachelor ski resort in Bend, OR.
Mt. Bachelor ski resort in Bend, OR.

#4Mt. Bachelor, OR = 462”

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#5 – Stevens Pass, WA = 450”

Alpental, WA. photo: jp chamberland
Alpental, WA. photo: jp chamberland

#6 – Alpental, WA = 436”

Willamette Pass, OR gets snow. photo: deetour.net
Willamette Pass, OR gets snow. photo: deetour.net

#7 – Willamette Pass, OR = 430”

Mt. Hood Meadows, OR.
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR.

#7 – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR = 430”

White Pass, WA. photo: activerain.com
White Pass, WA. photo: activerain.com

#8 – White Pass, WA = 350”

Hoodoo Ski Area, OR. photo: skiingthebackcountry.com
Hoodoo Ski Area, OR. photo: skiingthebackcountry.com

#9 – Hoodoo Ski Area, OR = 350”

Mt. Ashland, OR.
Mt. Ashland, OR.

#10 – Mt. Ashland, OR = 300”

Note:  also tied at #10 with 300” are:

– Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, OR

– Anthony Lakes, OR

– 49 Degrees North, WA

– Mt. Spokane, WA

– Bluewood, WA

(note:  all snow total numbers above are average annual snowfall totals found on the individual ski resort)


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14 thoughts on “Top 10 Snowiest Ski Resorts in the Pacific Northwest

  1. Mt Spokane is actually closer to 200 inches.. but nearby Lookout Pass is well over 400″ (ID/MT border, so not exactly PNW by your definition)

  2. I’m pretty sure if Alpy posted their totals from the top like all the others it would be #2 or 3
    The 436″ is at the base

  3. You completely missed Alyeska in Girdwood, AK – tops the “1 by 100” or so. And yes, Alaska is a state, & part of the PNW region!

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