Astounding Snow, Amazing Views
- December 6, 2015 - March 27, 2016, Weather Permitting
- Hours of Operation: Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Mondays - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the heart of Olympic National Park is Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area. At almost a mile high, Hurricane Ridge offers spectacular winter recreation and activities on the North Olympic Peninsula, and features winter vistas unmatched anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.
This small, family-oriented ski area, offers guests quality winter sports experience, without the high cost and congestion of most ski areas. The Ridge boasts some superb groomed areas - and for the accomplished skier or snowboarder, the steeps, bowls and glades are well worth the hike to get there. With a summit elevation of 5,240 feet, the average annual snowfall is 400-plus inches.
Here is more information to help you plan your ski and snowboard fun:
Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area is located in the Olympic National Park, 17 miles south of Port Angeles, Washington, one of only three remaining lift operations in the National Parks. Rising a mile high, Hurricane Ridge offers winter recreation and activities and features winter vistas unmatched anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. It is a small, family oriented ski area, offering to residents and visitors alike a quality winter sports experience, without the high cost or congestion of most ski areas. The Ridge boasts some groomed areas, but for the accomplished skier or snowboarder the steeps, bowls and glades are well worth the effort it takes to get there. With a summit elevation of 5,240 feet, the average annual snowfall is 400-plus inches.
Olympic National Park is west of the Seattle area on the Olympic Peninsula. All park destinations can be reached by U.S. Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula. From Seattle, Highway 104 and the Hood Canal Bridge connect you to the Olympic Peninsula and Highway 101 into Port Angeles. Turning south onto Race Street, watch for the sign, and make a slight right onto the Hurricane Ridge Parkway. The National Park charges an entrance fee, $15 per car, or you can purchase a yearly pass for $30. Weather dependent, the road generally opens to uphill traffic at 9:00 am and closes to uphill traffic at 4:00 pm.
Winter Season Facts
|Average annual snowfall:||400 inches|
|Lowest base elevation:||4,800 feet|
|Highest elevation||5,500 feet|
|Longest vertical drop:||800 feet|
|Average winter visits:||5,000|
|Terrain park:||Yes, Natural hits, jumps, and natural-type rails|
Youth & Education Programs
Hurricane Ridge operates a special 5-week ski & snowboard school with toddler, group and private lessons. An Alpine ski team trains at Hurricane Ridge and sends athletes to compete regionally.
Downhill, cross-country, and snowshoe rentals, as well as food and beverages and restrooms are available at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. There are no overnight accommodations at Hurricane Ridge. For specific information on tubing or snowshoeing at the Ridge, visit the National Park Service website.
Hurricane Ridge is the furthest west ski area in the contiguous United States and one of only three remaining ski areas in the U.S. located in a National Park. The other National Park ski areas are Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area at Yosemite National Park, and Boston Mills/Brandywine at Cuyahoga Valley, OH.
The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club (HRWSC) was formed as a non-profit corporation in October of 1986 for the purpose of promoting and providing organized leadership for winter sports activities at Hurricane Ridge. The HRWSC operates the ski lifts under permit with Olympic National Park, and strives to be a good steward of the environment while promoting healthy outdoor activities for the youth, community and visitors of the Olympic Peninsula.
Everyone who buys a Season Pass is a member of the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club. You can also purchase a Social Club membership for $50, which helps to support the continued operation of the lifts, and you will receive a Poma ticket to use or to give as a gift. Club members are community- and youth-oriented winter sports enthusiasts. While not all club members ski or snowboard, they all have the same goal and commitment to preserving skiing and snowboarding in the Olympics for the youth and for the community!
The club has monthly public meetings, and members are encouraged to attend and help guide the board in their mission. The HRWSC has adopted a set of bylaws to operate under.
|Boots a la Carte||$12.00|
|Boots a la Carte Downhill||$28.00|
|Boots a la Carte Half Day||$20.00|
|Cross Country Package||$22.00|
|Down Hill Package||$30.00|
|Down Hill Package w/ Helmet||$35.00|
|Goggles (per pair)||$10.00|
|Helmet Alpine Safety||$9.00|
|Helmet Alpine Safety 2||$5.00|
|Poles a la Carte||$6.00|
|Poles a la Carte Downhill||$7.00|
|Poles a la Carte Half Day||$6.00|
|Skis a la Carte||$12.00|
|Skis a la Carte Downhill||$29.00|
|Skis a la Carte Half Day||$20.00|
|Skis, Pole & Boots||$37.00|
|Skis, Pole, Boots & Helmet||$42.00|
|Skis, Poles & Boots||$32.00|
Snow Shoes Half Day
|Snow Shoes w/ Poles||$22.00|
|Snow Shoes w/ Poles Half Day||$20.00|
Hurricane Ridge has offered a Ski School for over 50 years. In addition to daily lessons for visitors of all ages, there is a five-week program for ages four and up for all skill levels beginning in late January each year. The classes and instructors follow the PSIA and AASI ideals, insuring professionalism in all aspects of the school.
Ski equipment rental is available at Hurricane Ridge, but snowboard rentals are not currently offered. It is recommended that children wear helmets at all times.
For more information about the Ski School or to schedule lessons, please call 360.457.2879.
Bunny Lift Rates (rope tow):
|Half Day (Starting at 1:00 pm)||$10.00|
Intermediate & Bunny Lift Rates (rope tows):
|Half Day (Starting at 1:00 pm)||$18.00|
Poma Ride Lift Rates (overhead t-bar type tow):
|Half Day (Starting at 1:00 pm)||$22.00|
|Individual||$200.00||Includes access to all lifts, all season.|
|Family||$400.00||Includes access to all lifts, all season, for family up to 5 members, additional family members add $50 each.|
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Note: Ski pass prices do NOT include admission into the Park. Please contact us for more information.
Since 1988, the Hurricane Ridge Ski Team has been challenging the youth of the Olympic Peninsula. Through ski racing and life experiences associated with the sport, and encourage athletes to grow to their full potential.
One Day per week Program: $200.00
Available to both Mitey Mites and Juniors
This program provides 15 training days on snow at Hurricane Ridge, learning skiing and racing fundamentals, emphasizing fun and improving skills. Training is limited to one day per weekend. Pre-season weekend Dry-land Training is included.
Perfect for the skier with other weekend commitments.
Two Day per week Program: $375.00
Available to both Mitey Mites and Juniors
This program provides 28 training days on snow at Hurricane Ridge, developing skiing, riding and racing skills, yet still emphasizing fun. Training is both Saturday and Sunday. Pre-season weekend Dry-land Training is included. Perfect for the more serious skier who wants more snow time to perfect alpine racing techniques.
Mitey Mite Select Program: $400.00
This program provides 28 days on snow at Hurricane Ridge developing skiing and racing skills. This is for the serious Mitey Mite who desires aggressive training and racing opportunities. Includes required participation in HRST pre-season weekend Dry-Land Training.
Junior Select Program: $400.00
This program provides 28 days on snow at Hurricane Ridge developing skiing and racing skills. This is for the serious Junior racer who requires special training and a racing program developed personally for their needs. On snow training with other teams, at other areas may be included. Includes required participation in HRST pre-season weekend Dry-Land Training.
Elite Dry-Land Program
This program covers 20 days of training on all aspects of athlete management, athlete testing, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, ply metric training, strength and weight training, coordination and agility drills, relaxation and visualization. This program runs for 10 weeks, 20 days. It consists of two-hour sessions two times per week.
For more information about our Ski Team, call 360.417.7523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.