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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.