The Pacific Northwest of the USA is the snowiest region on Earth. The average annual snowfall in Oregon and Washington is ridiculous, and Mt. Baker ski resort still holds the world record for the most snowfall in a single season at 1,140 inches of snow.
Knowing this, you’re going to want to optimize your skiing and riding experience in the Pacific Northwest to make sure you ride as much of that fresh snow as possible. To do this most efficiently, you’ll need some great chairlifts.
TOP 5 SKI LIFTS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST:
The Northwest Express @ Mt. Bachelor, OR
– High-Speed Quad
– Vertical Rise = 2,365′
– Vertical Served = 2,365′
– Installed in 1996
– This chair offers over 2,000-vertical-feet of fall line skiing and riding. This is one of the most consistently good chairs in the Northwest as it can stay open in big storms, and you can ski this treed terrain during white-out conditions. This chair is a powder hound’s dream come true.
– Honestly, Bachelor could have two more chairs on this list, but we have to leave room for other spots: Summit Chair, Cloudchaser Chair
High Campbell Chair Lift @ Crystal Mountain, WA
– Double Chair
– Vertical Rise = 912′
– Vertical served = 2,612′
– Installed in the 1980s
– Top Elevation = 7,002′
– Access to a 40-degree Powder Bowl, no-fall zones right under the chair, and backcountry access to Silver King & Campbell Basin make this chair a winner.
Edelweiss Chairlift @ Alpental, WA
– Double Chair
– Top Elevation = 5,420′
– Access to iconic, beautiful, rowdy, mini Alaska terrain. We had to add an extra photo of the Edelweiss zone so that you could know what we are talking about. The photo says it all.
Chair 8 @ Mt. Baker Ski Area
– Top Elevation = 5,089′
– Vertical Served = 1,589′
– This chair accesses the snowiest region in North America (most likely the world) and allows access to killer backcountry skiing in Hemispheres, the Elbow, or the Shuksan Arm.
Palmer Chairlift @ Timberline Lodge, OR
– Detachable Quad Chairlift
– Vertical Rise = 1,530′
– Top Elevation = 8,470’, Bottom Elevation = 6,940′
– Vertical Served = 3,690′
– This lift single-handedly offers skiing and riding from October until September on the Palmer Glacier nearly every year.
– Original chair was installed in 1978, new chair installed in 1996