Embracing Winter Thrills: Exploring White Pass Ski Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Nov 19, 2023

As winter descends upon Lewis County, blanketing the land in layers of snow, the allure of outdoor adventures beckons enthusiasts to get outside and experience nature.  White Pass Ski Area and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are two top areas for winter play offering expansive playgrounds for winter sports fans.  Get outside this winter and discover the excitement of skiing, snowboarding, and exploring the snowy wilderness in Lewis County.

A Winter Wonderland at White Pass Ski Area

White Pass Ski Area, situated in the picturesque Cascade Mountains, is a haven for both seasoned athletes and beginners seeking an adrenaline rush amidst stunning natural beauty. Boasting a diverse array of terrains and trails, this ski area caters to all skill levels, ensuring everyone can partake in the winter fun.  It has long been known as a family-friendly ski experience.

Downhill Adventures: The ski area encompasses over 1,400 acres of skiable terrain, with 45 groomed runs and an extensive network of trails. From gentle slopes ideal for beginners to challenging black diamond runs that thrill seasoned experts, there’s something for everyone. Discover the excitement of carving through fresh powder or cruising down meticulously groomed trails.

Snowboarding Haven: White Pass offers an exceptional snowboarding experience, with terrain parks designed to challenge riders of all abilities. Whether practicing tricks in the park or carving through the trees, snowboarders find their paradise here.

Cross-Country Serenity: For those seeking a slower-paced adventure, the ski area also features the White Pass Nordic Center with scenic trails winding through the forest. Gliding across the snow-covered landscapes, surrounded by the peaceful embrace of nature, is a serene winter experience.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest: Nature’s Winter Canvas

Beyond the thrill of the slopes, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest next door to the White Pass Ski Area presents an unspoiled winter wonderland waiting to be explored.  As a reminder, know the conditions before you go as landscapes can quickly change during the winter season.

Snowshoeing Treks: Delve deeper into the forested beauty by strapping on snowshoes and embarking on scenic treks. The forest trails transform into picturesque pathways, offering encounters with snow-laden trees, frozen waterfalls, and the calm of a winter landscape.

Winter Wildlife Encounters: The Gifford Pinchot National Forest teems with wildlife, and winter provides a unique opportunity to spot animals adapted to these harsh conditions. Keep an eye out for elusive creatures such as elk, deer, and even the occasional glimpse of a snowshoe hare darting among the trees.

White Pass Ski Area and the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest offer a multifaceted winter experience that showcases the best of snow sports. It’s an invitation to embrace the season’s beauty, from the heart-pounding excitement of skiing down slopes to the tranquility of exploring snow-covered trails.