Higher Education: The Lonesome, Crowded West

Misty nights at Steven's Pass. Photo: Jordan Ingmire
Misty nights at Steven's Pass. Photo: Jordan Ingmire

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

U-dub is backed by big claims-it’s the largest university in the Northwestern U.S., one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and one of the most prominent research schools in the world. It’s tucked in the Puget Sound where the Cascade Range looms in the west and the Olympic Range rises in the east. The crazy bananas at Mervin Manufacturing pump boards out from Sequim on the peninsula. A handful of other brands like Ride and K2 and call the Seattle area home, too. Park laps are just an hour away at Summit at Snoqualmie and when it dumps, Crystal Mountain and Steven’s Pass are the place to be. For nocturnal boarding, hit up the night riding at Snoqualmie and Stevens. Missions to Baker and Whistler take a couple hours, but they’re well worth the time, trust us.

Nearest resort(s): Summit at Snoqualmie (55 miles), Steven’s Pass (86 miles), Crystal Mountain (87 miles), Hurricane Ridge (104 miles), Mount Baker (111 miles)

Website: washington.edu

Snowboard club/team: University of Washington Snowboard Team