Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan.22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

Seattle is perfectly located for skiers and riders with multiple ski areas within driving distance. There won’t be any disappointment this season whether staying on the west side or heading east of the mountains or flying to a resort.

In order to plan the perfect trip this ski season, we have compiled the latest COVID-19 information for driving and flying. Be sure to check back often, as we’ll post updates regularly.

OnTheSnow.com invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Seattle-Tacoma Metro area site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks

Pick a state – here at home in Massachusetts. North to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. You’ll find so many superb ski resorts with powerful snowmaking systems, full-service villages and comfortable lodging, assuring a day trip, weekend getaway or full vacation ready to make memories. Just follow the guidelines and stay safe.

Alpental: Drive time is 1 hour.

Crystal Mountain: Drive time is 2 hours.

Mission Ridge: Drive time is 3.5 hours.

Mt. Baker: Drive time is 2 hours.

Mt. Hood Meadows: Drive time is 5 hours.

Snoqualmie Pass: Drive time is 1 hour.

Stevens Pass: Drive time is 1.5 hours.

The Summit at Snoqualmie: Drive time is 1 hour.

White Pass: Drive time is 3 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips

When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

Washington: All counties begin in Phase 1 of 2-phase plan, effective Jan. 11. Mask mandate continues in public spaces where distancing cannot be maintained. Travelers advised to quarantine for 14 days, as well as those from the UK, So. Africa and any other country where new variant is rampant.
County
Chelan County (Mission Ridge)
King County (Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass)
Kittitas County (Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass, The Summit at Snoqualmie)
Whatcom County (Mt. Baker)
Yakima County (White Pass)

Oregon
County
Hood River County (Mt. Hood Meadows)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options

OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Seattle/Tacoma metro areas.

California

Mammoth Mountain

California COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions from Seattle to California: Self-quarantine required for 14 days. Much of California is under a mandatory stay-at-home order. Regional stay-at-home orders go into effect for 3 weeks if region's ICU availability falls below 15%. Travelers advised to quarantine 10 days; other areas (San Francisco, LA County) for 14 days. Mandatory mask order is in effect for those 2 and over (some exceptions apply). Order prohibits staying overnight at ski areas.

Note: Mammoth Lodging Collection is not accepting reservations for the duration of the advisory.

Colorado

Vail

Colorado COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Seattle and Colorado: None.

The move to COVID-19 red level in many Colorado counties does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations. Statewide mask mandate for those 11+. Pitkin County (home to Aspen and other ski areas) visitors must sign a visitor affidavit and take test within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days. Counties under color-coded virus risk levels through Feb. 6.

Montana

Big Sky

Whitefish Mountain

Montana COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Seattle and Montana: None as of Jan. 19. Mandatory mask order for those 5+.

Utah

Snowbird

Park City Mountain Resort

Utah COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Seattle and Utah: None. Mandatory mask order for those 2+.

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Wyoming COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Seattle and Wyoming: None as of Jan. 22. Face covering required in most businesses and on public trasnsportion through Jan. 25.

British Columbia, Canada

Big White

Whistler Blackcomb

British Columbia COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Seattle and British Columbia: 

Avoid all non-essential travel. Mandatory negative COVID test for those 5+ 72 hours before flying into Canada. International travelers must self quarantine for 14 days and complete ArriveCAN application to enter Canada through Feb. 5.

 
 

Airline COVID Precautions

 

All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Frontier Airlines

JetBlue

Southwest Airlines

Spirit

United Airlines