Bear Creek Mountain Resort


Editorial Review

Distance from Washington: 182 miles (about three hours)
Average snow: 40 inches
Average season length: 120 days
Price: High-season weekend lift ticket is $59 (8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
Best for: Freestyle snowboarders. In addition to its 21 ski trails, the resort's terrain park, BC Ironworks, has setups for boarders of all skill levels. Cascade Park, the most challenging of the courses, features a 12-foot cliff drop and a 25-foot-long staircase, while the GrizzlyFamily Park is ideal for beginners.

-- Becky Krystal (November 2009)