Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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Olympic is one of only two national parks in the United States that has a ski lift. (The other is Yosemite National Park in California. Rocky Mountain closed its ski resort in 1991.) The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area ( gives you opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

As part of Olympic National Park, there are no marked runs, no marked obstacles, and limited grooming. The ski area boundary is marked with boundary signs but open for access to the backcountry. If you choose to access the backcountry, be responsible for your own safety and aware that you are entering an uncontrolled and unpatrolled wilderness area. Search and rescue will be lengthy and expensive.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Winter season: Mid-December through the end of March
Hours of operation: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and some holidays

Visit the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area Facebook page for up-to-date information

4th and 5th Grader Ski Programs

Ask about free lift tickets for 4th and 5th graders.

Thank you Hurricane Ridge Education Foundation! In 2019-2020, there are 20 free ski and snowboard school lessons for the three-week lesson program for 4th grade students. For details call 848-667-7669.

Going Cross-Country Skiing?

There's 20 miles of routes in the Hurricane Ridge area. Although no trails are groomed or
marked, two routes use unplowed roads which gives you easier navigation. The Meadows route above the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is the easiest to ski but you will be exposed to the sun and wind.

Need an Olympic National Park map? Buy the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park map at The map includes clearly marked trails and points of interest such as scenic views, campgrounds, trailheads, boat launches, picnic sites, ranger stations and more printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material.


Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

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