- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 3
Pros: dry snow, small crowds, affordable
Cons: less snow
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2005
Mission Ridge is located in North Central Washington State on the Eastern Slopes of the Central Cascade Mountains near Wenatchee, WA.
Due to its location it receives less but much drier snow than other Cascades resorts located on the Western slopes of the Cascades. However Mission Ridge does occasionally get big dumps and I did ski there one day after it received almost three feet of snow in about a day with bottomless wind drifts.
Mission Ridge has an abundance of steepness in bounds as well as technical out of bounds terrain. In bounds check out the run called WaWa off Chair 3 on a powder day. Bomber Bowl is perhaps Mission Ridge's most well-known and best in bounds run. During WWII a U.S. B-24 Liberator bomber crashed near the present day location of Bomber Bowl, thus the name. Out of bounds on powder days locals either head for the Microwave Tower terrain skiers' right off the top of Chair 2 or Bomber Chutes far skiers' left off of Chair 2. Bowl 4 is a superb off piste powder bowl beyond the Microwave Tower, but it has been known to slide so be cautious. Bomber Chutes offers highly technical terrain with a series of narrow cliff-banded steep chutes that empty out into lovely powder glades.
The best time to ski Mission Ridge is mid-week after a good snowfall event. You'll almost have the whole mountain to yourself. Finally, Mission Ridge has excellent night skiing with gorgeous views of the town of Wenatchee when it's clear.