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Après Ski in Central Washington

December 15, 2023

Central Washington is a perfect, winter gem for those seeking a unique and unforgettable après ski experience. Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, Central Washington offers more than just pristine slopes and breathtaking Winter Wonderland snowscapes. With our charming towns, cozy lodges, and a range of activities to enjoy after a day on the slopes, Central Washington promises a perfect post snow-venture getaway and activity hub.


Let’s start with the main attraction, skiing and snowboarding. The Summit at Snoqualmie offers diverse terrains for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner looking to conquer the bunny slopes or an expert seeking some challenging backcountry terrain, Snoqualmie Summit has you covered. Not only can you ski and snowboard, but Snoqualmie Summit offers slopes for snow-tubing inviting an exhilarating experience for all ages and abilities. After the slopes head to Dru Bru for celebratory cheers with a cold brew. Pair it with a specialty dog from the Squatch Box, or comforting favorites from the Commonwealth. For those who love breakfast all day, don’t pass up Summit Pancake House and Lounge! Click here to learn more about adventures at Snoqualmie Summit! 


After a day on the slopes, you’ll undoubtedly work up an appetite. Ellensburg serves as an excellent base for your après ski adventures. This town exudes old-western charm with its historic downtown and small-town hospitality. You’ll find a variety of cozy accommodations, from boutique inns to charming vacation rentals. With an exceptional and diverse culinary scene you’ll be able to enjoy everything from food trucks to fine dining. Start your day with brunch, grab and go options available for those in a hurry, and end your day on the mountain with delicious comfort food ranging from handhelds from The Pearl, Southern comfort favorites at Julep, or a bowl of pasta from Ellensburg Pasta Company. The culinary experience is the perfect pairing of delicious food and outdoor adventures. Click here for more dining options!


Central Washington is home to some of the most renowned wines in the world. Not only delicious but it pairs perfectly with your day of winter adventures. Varietals grown or produced in the Kittitas Valley include: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Muscat Ottonel, and Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, many of the local wineries feature local artists. Immerse yourself in local adventures, art, and pair it with an exceptional varietal and uncork your perfect aprés ski experience!  Click here for wineries and tasting rooms!


For the après ski enthusiast who enjoys a good brew Central Washington delivers on all fronts. The region is home to several award-winning craft breweries that reside in Central Washington. Plan a visit to places like Iron Horse Brewery, Whipsaw Brewing, Roslyn Brewing Company, Mule and Elk Brewing or the popular Dru Bru for an opportunity to unwind with fellow skiers and locals over a pint of craft beer. With numerous breweries in every town, Central Washington promises to cheers your outdoor adventure! Click here for your Central Washington brewery guide!


If quiet, peaceful adventure is more your pace, embrace the winter wonderland by exploring Central Washington’s extensive network of snowshoeing and winter hiking trails. The snow-covered landscapes offer a peaceful retreat from the crowds, and you can enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors. Some recommended trails include the Cooper Lake Snowshoe Trail and the Sasse Ridge, both providing a chance to witness the beauty of the Cascades in a snow covered light. Click here to learn about back country trails in Central Washington


Roslyn, a historic mining town, is a must-visit destination in Central Washington. Known for its picturesque brick buildings, this town feels like a step back in time. The streets were even featured in the TV series “Northern Exposure.” Roslyn offers a unique blend of culture and history, and its bars and restaurants will have you feeling right at home in no time. Don’t forget to explore the Roslyn Historical Museum to learn about the town’s mining history.  Click here for a day in Roslyn Itinerary! 


If relaxation is what you’re after, Suncadia has you covered. Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia draws its inspiration from nature, merging outdoor sanctuaries of warm pools and flowing creeks with rooms that bring the surrounding gardens and glades, forest and mountain views inside. Enjoy massages, body work, facials, nails and couples’ spa treatments focusing on balance, relaxation and rejuvenation, using a blend of natural ingredients, healing body techniques, and advanced skin care. For those looking to unwind from the slopes in luxury, this is one aprés ski activity that you’ll want to book! Click here for more Suncadia Spa information.


Central Washington isn’t just a winter destination; it’s a year-round hub of activity. Check the local event calendar for any special festivals or events happening during your visit. You might stumble upon a winter night market, live music performances, or Ellensburg’s First Friday Art Walk, adding an extra layer of excitement to your trip. Click here to view events happening in Central Washington!

Central Washington is home to a plethora of ski destinations, it’s a hidden treasure for those who appreciate a unique and diverse après ski experience. Whether you’re into winter sports, delectable dining, craft beverages, or just some relaxation and rejuvenation, Central Washington offers it all in a charming and serene setting. So, the next time you’re planning your ski trip, consider venturing off the beaten path to this picturesque hub in the heart of Central Washington. You won’t be disappointed by the warmth and hospitality that await you in Central Washington and its welcoming towns, even on the coldest winter day. Click here to plan your Central Washington outdoor adventure and Aprés Ski!

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