RVing and skiing are both fun activities, but have you ever considered doing them together in one trip? Here are some of the best ski destinations for RVers.
We all need a vacation from time to time, and a great way to travel and enjoy the outdoors during the winter is to combine an RV trip with a ski trip. Here are a few of the best ski destinations for RVers, all of which offer beautiful mountain slopes and convenient spaces for your recreational vehicle.
Crystal Mountain Resort
Located in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Mount Rainier in Washington, this is the largest ski resort in the state. It covers 2,600 acres, has 57 named runs, and receives about 486 inches of snow per year. For RVs, it offers 65 spaces, 32 of which have electrical 50/30-amp electrical hookups; the remaining 33 have 30-amp hookups. It also has an overflow parking lot without electricity if the first 65 spaces fill up. Note that there are no water or waste dump areas, so you should make sure to take care of your holding tanks before you embark on your trip.
Reservations are available online during hectic times of the year, such as holidays, but resort spaces are usually given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each night you spend here is $40.
Mt. Bachelor lies in Deschutes National Forest, about 22 miles away from the city of Bend, Oregon. This site is notable for being the highest-elevation site for skiing in all of Oregon and Washington, and it also gets a lot of snow every year—about 462 inches. Here, you’ll find 20 RV spots, all of which have electrical hookups. They’re all located near the Todd Lake and Mountain Gateway buildings, which have restrooms and pay showers for visitors. It costs $50 per night on regular days and $60 during the busier times of year (December 26 through January 5).
Even though there are less spots available here, you can easily find lodging in Bend. The great thing is, because the town is 4,100 feet in elevation and the base of the mountain is 5,600 feet, you most likely won’t have to deal with scraping snow no matter which site you stay at.
Stevens Pass Ski Resort
Like Crystal Mountain, this resort is also located in Washington’s Cascade Range, about 90 miles from Seattle in Skykomish. It encompasses 1,125 acres and averages about 460 inches of snow annually. A nice aspect of Stevens Pass is that it offers training and trails for novice skiers to learn and gain confidence for the larger slopes, so people of any skill level can enjoy the resort.
57 RV spaces are available, with 27 40-foot spaces and 33 30-foot spaces. The electrical hookups are all 30 amps, but you can rent a 50-amp adaptor if your RV needs it. The resort offers online reservations for both electrical hookup spots, which are $40 per night, and regular spots, which are $20. Note that, although the lots are open every night during skiing season, maintenance is carried out every Tuesday, so you’ll have to move your RV between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on that day.
The exciting possibilities of RVing and skiing together may have you eager to venture out as soon as you can. But before you go, make sure your RV is maintained appropriately for the winter journey ahead, and consider the cold temperatures you’ll be traveling in. This way, you’ll be able to minimize problems along the way and enjoy your time to its fullest.