Winter Sports Spirit Alive in Washington State

Seattle -- (February 26, 2010) – Skiing and snowboarding are riding a wave of excitement in the wake of the Vancouver games. Fresh snow is blanketing Washington’s mountain ranges and Ski Washington and Ride Washington are reaching out to locals to get out for their own fun and games.

From the Olympic Mountains to the Cascades and the Columbia Plateau, all 13 Washington State ski and snowboard areas are holding their own winter events and activities. Nordic skiing, freestyle snowboarding, alpine skiing, and iceskating, are within an hour of two of every Washington resident.

For the next several weeks, the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, operating afoot the North Cascades, is offering its own Nordic skiing, biathlon, alpine skiing and snowboarding events for anyone – learner to expert. The Winthrop Ice Rink will be open for skating and the Vancouver closing ceremonies will be broadcast live. Known for its relaxing environment and world-class cross-country skiing, Methow offers 200 kilometers of trails and access to more than a million acres of pure Pacific Northwest forest.

The Olympics come alive again with the reopening of Hurricane Ridge, nestled in the Olympic National Park. The ski area is fully operational again after a devastating slide destroyed the access road. Locals say they their own version of “Olympic Spirit” helped get the area back up and running. Come experience Hurricane Ridge for just $20 and spend a day or weekend on Washington’s majestic Olympic Penninsula.

Hit the halfpipe all month long at Steven’s Pass every Tuesday and Wednesday. Adult lift tickets are buy-one-get-one-free! Split it with a friend or keep the second for yourself – either way you win big. Burton snowboards will also be at Steven’s this month with a game plan for the girls. The Burton Retreat is no competition. It is a three-day skill enhancement program for women of all ability levels. Participants will have exclusive access to Burton’s women’s 2011 product lineup. Everyone in the family gets a great deal at Steven’s Pass Kids Club & Adventure Club. Sign up your child (3-12 years old) for a morning of Adventure or Kids Club Monday through Friday and receive the afternoon session free

Visit http://www.skiwashington.com for the more updates, events and conditions reports at each recreation area. Follow on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute alerts on deals, conditions and of course – Larry Schick’s powder alerts. Local media outlets are encouraged to contact Ski Washington with any queries concerning winter sports across Washington State.

About Ski Washington: Ski Washington is the best one-stop location for information about skiing and snowboarding in Washington State. Whether exploring snow sports for the first time or searching for that next powder-infused adrenaline fix - look no further. Washington State ski and snowboard areas have something for everyone. For more information and up-to-the-minute weather and road conditions please visit http://www.skiwashington.com


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