Winter sports guide 2021 | Your guide to the region’s winter sports, alfresco dining, winter pomades and more

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Winter sports guide 2021

Welcome to winter! (Well, almost winter – but with the weather outside it feels like we are already in the thick of the season.) A time when many open the doors to their homes with outdoor sports equipment. winter in hand, enthusiastically packing the car to go to the many winter sports areas in our region. For others, the time to close the doors of their house, to settle down comfortably around a good reading, a hot meal or a favorite movie.

Whether you’re making the most of the winter months or cursing them, there are plenty of activities you can do to celebrate the season. Read on for stories on unique and festive outdoor dining, what’s new in the West Washington ski area this season, and recommendations from readers on how to get through the colder months, plus our recommendations. on things to do in and around ski areas (not skiing) this winter.

Stay warm and happy winter!

– Seattle Times Features Staff


When we asked Seattle Times readers how they got through the darker months of the Pacific Northwest, winter lover Moira Macdonald told us we are seeing the season the wrong way. Read on for his take on ‘the big black’, plus reading tips for making the most of winter.

“The downtown Bellevue rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice in an indoor and outdoor rink.  There's also a heated viewing area, on-site concessions, and a series of special events throughout the holiday season.

It’s time to get out the skates! Here are a few Seattle area rinks open this winter, including the Bellevue Rink. Or check out Jingle Bell Run, a selection of holiday markets or other in-person and virtual events.

Skiers and snowboarders re-create at the Stevens Pass ski area in the Cascade Mountains on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 216589

Between the pandemic and a visit to La Niña, last winter was an unprecedented ski season in Washington. As COVID-19 persists, ski areas in the Seattle area will be approaching normal this year. From the weather to the rules, here’s what to expect if you hit the slopes.

Crystal Mountain offers six self-guided snowshoe trails of varying difficulty levels.  Oh, and don't hesitate to bring your dog.

Even if skiing isn’t your thing, there are other ways to have fun in the snow around the ski areas in Western Washington. From tubing to snowshoeing, here’s a look at your options around four of the area’s most popular ski areas.

Rupee Bar at Ballard is one of the hardest bookings to score due to limited seating.  But this hot spot now has additional seats up front.  (Courtesy of Rupee Bar)

The pandemic has changed people’s views on al fresco dining amid Seattle’s rainy winters. Here are our food editors’ picks for their favorite outdoor dining setups in and around the Seattle area right now.

The fire station, which will feature equipment, coffee, food and more, aims to be the new porch for visitors to Snoqualmie Pass.

In January, snow sports enthusiasts who descend on Snoqualmie Pass will have a new hangout to check out: Seattle-based outdoor retailer evo has pumped $ 2.5 million into Firehouse, which will have coworking spaces, showers, dining options and retail.


Before heading to the rink, plug in these five hockey audiobooks – perfect for longtime fans of the game and just new Seattle Kraken fans. On the program: books from hockey legends like Wayne Gretzky and Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player.

An off-piste skier follows a skin trail in fresh snow near the Alpine Lakes High camp.

Whether you are new to outdoor winter adventures or are a seasoned snowshoe enthusiast, this backcountry camp near Stevens Pass is a gem that offers a snowy retreat where you can still enjoy the comforts, like running water and cell service.

Meteorologist Larry Schick, also known as

Longtime television meteorologist Larry Schick pioneered the idea of ​​independent snow forecasts provided to an online audience. For powder dogs of the Pacific Northwest wanting to hit the trails on powder days, he has been an invaluable resource for decades.

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