Terrain: 36 designated ski runs; terrain park; back-country bowls
Elevation: 4,570 feet at the base; 6,820 feet at the top; total vertical drop of 2,250 feet
Best time to go: Late November through early April, and after fresh snowfall
Operating days and hours: From late-November to mid-December, Mission Ridge is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. From mid-December to Jan. 1, it’s open seven days a week. From January 1 through early April, it’s open Thursday to Monday. Lifts typically run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Night skiing is open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings, from Dec. 28 to Feb. 22, 2014.
How to get there: Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is just 12 miles from Wenatchee. Drive south on Mission Street from downtown Wenatchee. Mission Street turns into Squilchuck Road and then Mission Ridge Road.
Highlights: The ski area offers four chair lifts and two rope tows servicing 36 runs and 2,250 feet of vertical drop. And if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, Mission Ridge supplements with man-made snow via 40 snow-making hydrants. The B-24 terrain park covers more than seven acres and has a dedicated rope tow that lets easily lap and jib all day long. Mission Ridge also has some amazing backcountry that’s incredibly accessible. Take the chair lift to the top, hike about 20 minutes and you’ll be in the most pristine powder around.
Lowlights: Occasionally extra harsh winter weather is the only downside to Mission Ridge worth mentioning. When it’s cold and windy, it can be downright miserable. And if it hasn’t snowed in a while, take extra care in the icy conditions.
Things to know: Hampton Lodge, located at the base of Mission Ridge, features a restaurant, bar, ski shop, and rental center. Available amenities at the base area include childcare, free Wi-Fi, ski lessons and first-aid services. If you plan on heading out to the backcountry, be sure to check in with the ski patrol prior to your adventure.