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Nordic Skiing

Everything you need to know to get started nordic skiing in the Cascades.

Corduroy among the trees in the Cascades
Corduroy among the trees in the Cascades

Sno-Parks

Sno-Parks require a permit, either daily or annual. We purchase the annual as it pays for itself if you go more than three times a season.

  • Cabin Creek
    • Racing venue, groomed for skating and classic
    • Hills and flats (The Road)
    • Excellent real-time weather and grooming reports
  • Crystal Springs
    • Hills and flats, connects to Hyak / Iron Horse
    • Parking lot shared with snowmobiles
  • Hyak / Iron Horse
    • Converted Rails-to-Trails
    • Heated changing rooms / bathrooms
    • The parking lot is shared with a sled hill so it can be very crowded if you get there late. If so, go to Crystal Springs as you can ski the same flat Iron Horse trail and the parking lot is never full.

Nordic Ski Camp

I have twice attended Glenn Bond’s XC Ski Camp at Whistler and strongly endorse it. It’s a combination of skills work and skiing sessions.

Whistler

Resorts // Trail Systems

  • Summit @ Snoqualmie Pass
    • The daily pass is expensive and I am not a fan of the trail system but I know others who really like it and have a season pass.
  • Suncadia
    • Plenty of lodging options (though not cheap). The golf course is groomed in winter and is open to the public at no charge. Easy drive between Suncadia and the three sno-parks.
    • If you really want the best nordic skiing in the state, the Methow Valley is the place to go.
  • The Mount Tahoma huts are on my list but I have never been.

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