Grab your skis (or snowboards and snowshoes) and head out for a winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains. You’ll find winter recreation, quaint towns, and excellent local dining just off Interstate 90.

Winter Getaway in the Cascade Mountains

Located in Washington’s Trails & Lakes Region, the central Cascade Mountains provide a winter playground for all ages. Bask in the area’s natural beauty, get your heart pumping on the mountain, and enjoy craft brews before cozying up in your lodge room or cabin.

Here’s how to have the perfect winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains.

Winter Cascade Mountains
The fire pit outside Silver Fir at Summit Central.

Day One: Hit the Slopes

Get an early start and head to The Summit at Snoqualmie for a full day of fun on the mountain. Thanks to four unique base areas, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and Nordic trails, there’s something for every skill level and interest. Alpental offers epic terrain with some of the steepest and deepest runs, while Summit West is great for beginners.

Related: Where to Ski & Snowboard in Washington

For lunch, there are plenty of dining options at each base. At Alpental, enjoy pizza by the slice and take in the views from the balcony at the Backcountry Bar. Broken Tip Bar in the Milwaukee Lodge offers old-school character at Summit East, while the fire pit outside the Silver Fir Lodge at Summit Central is the perfect place to warm up with a hot chocolate.

Winter Cascade Mountains
Local beers at Dru Bru.

Once you’ve had your fill of the slopes, take a short drive to The Commonwealth for dinner. Enjoy a burger made with hand-pressed Longhorn Beef raised locally in nearby Ellensburg or indulge in the decadent mac & cheese in a cheddar cheese alfredo sauce.

Eat in the restaurant or take your food next door to Dru Bru for one of their flagship or seasonal beers. The tap list features multiple German-style brews as well as IPAs. The outdoor picnic tables complete with table-top fire pits are the perfect spot to watch the sun slip behind the mountain.

Tip: If you need to rent gear, evo Snoqualmie Pass offers multi-day rentals for snowshoes, skis, and snowboards. Grab your gear the day before you need it so you’re ready to hit the ground running the next morning.

Related: Cozy Winter Destinations for Your Washington Getaway

A man and woman snowshoe across a snow-covered bridge over a river during a winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains
The Cooper River Snowshoe Trail.

Day Two: Snowshoeing + Farm-to-Table Dining

Day two of your winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains calls for snowshoeing and great food. Fuel up for your scenic snowshoeing adventure with a breakfast at the Roslyn Café in the quaint town of Roslyn. You may recognize the camel mural along the café’s exterior wall from its appearance in the 1990s TV show Northern Exposure. Inside, the café serves up breakfast staples such as biscuits and gravy and omelets decked out with locally foraged wild mushrooms. Be sure to confirm open hours if visiting during the week. 

Next, grab sandwiches to go from The Red Bird Café before making the drive to the Salmon La Sac Sno-Park, where you’ll hit the Cooper River Snowshoe Trail.

This out-and-back route takes you along the river and through moss-draped forest, ending at Cooper Lake after 4 miles. Shortly after you begin, you’ll come to a bridge where you can stop to soak in the view. Enjoy your lunch at the lake or along the trail. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers also use the sno-park, so be sure to practice trail etiquette by keeping off the groomed tracks. Please note a permit or day pass is required.

Related: Discover Washington’s Scenic Snowshoe Trails

Winter getaway Roslyn
Left: Basecamp Books and Bites. Right: Outside The Brick Saloon.

After you’ve had your fill of snowshoeing, head back to Roslyn to explore the town’s boutique shops. Stop into Basecamp Books and Bites and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while you browse the shelves for your next favorite read. If you’re looking for a pre-dinner drink, wander over to Heritage Distilling for a craft cocktail made with the distillery’s own spirits or stop into The Brick Saloon.

Winter Cascade Mountains
Dinner at The Orchard.

For dinner, make your way to nearby Cle Elum for a farm-to-table dining experience at The Orchard. Choose from one of the multicourse tasting menus or order a la carte. The kitchen operates with a focus on sustainability, butchering and dry-aging whole animals from local ranchers and making pastas and bread from scratch. Expect to find items such as cedar-plank Columbia River steelhead and seasonal vegetarian risotto.

Related: Fantastic Farm-to-Table Dining

Three women drinking coffee in a cabin during a winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains
A cabin rental makes a great base for a cozy winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains.

Where to Stay

From family friendly lodges boasting cozy amenities to cabin rentals and hotels, there are plenty of options for your winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains.

Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

Sitting on more than 6,000 acres high above the Cle Elum River, Suncadia Resort makes a great base for your winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains. The property, which is part of Destination by Hyatt, includes multiple accommodations and is especially magical when blanketed in snow. 

Choose from vacation rentals perfect for bigger groups or enjoy gas fireplaces and balconies in your room at The Inn or The Lodge. The resort provides plenty of activities for all ages, including an ice-skating rink and easy access to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Hotel Roslyn, Roslyn

Hotel Roslyn is perfect for those who want a boutique experience in a charming small town. Located in Roslyn  this hotel is steps from the action on main street. Easily walk to the town’s restaurants and boutiques. Each of the 11 bright and modern rooms are equipped with their own private kitchenettes.

Salish Lodge & Spa, Snoqualmie

About 30 minutes west of the Summit at Snoqualmie, the iconic Salish Lodge & Spa sits atop roaring Snoqualmie Falls. Amenities such as gas fireplaces, plush robes, and dual rainfall shower heads are the definition of cozy and the perfect way to warm up after a stroll to the nearby waterfall viewing platform. The two onsite dining options include menu items featuring honey from the lodge’s own hives.  

Summit Inn, Snoqualmie Pass

For those who want to be first on the mountain, the no-frills Summit Inn provides easy access to the slopes. This pet-friendly option offers an on-site restaurant and is centrally located for après-ski drinks at Dru Bru.

Vacation Rental Cabins

In addition to hotels and lodges, there are plenty of vacation rentals available through Airbnb and VRBO that are a great fit for a winter getaway in the Cascade Mountains. Expect cozy A-frame cabins with wood-burning stoves as well as options with hot tubs where you can soak in the winter landscape.

Four people in ski gear stand in the snow looking down from a mountain
Views from The Summit at Snoqualmie

Know Before You Go

Getting there

Interstate 90 runs from Seattle in the west across the state to Spokane before continuing east. From Seattle, the drive to the Snoqualmie Pass area takes about an hour. Those coming from Spokane can get there in under four hours. 

Before you leave, check the weather and road conditions for Interstate 90 through Snoqualmie Pass. The pass can close during heavy snowfall, and chains are often required. Always pack emergency roadside supplies, especially if taking less-traveled back roads.

When to visit

Many of Washington’s sno-parks experience high visitation during the winter and can quickly fill up on weekends. If possible, plan your trip for midweek for a better chance of finding parking and enjoying your time on the slopes in less crowded conditions. 

If you visit on a weekend, be sure to pack your patience, arrive early, and have a backup plan if your first choice is at capacity. Please note some amenities, such as The Summit at Snoqualmie’s Tubing Park, only operate Fridays-Sundays.

Sno-Park Permits

Vehicle permits are often required when parking at Washington’s sno-parks. The Salmon La Sac Sno-Park includes snowshoe, backcountry skiing, and groomed snowmobile trails and requires a permit or day pass to park.

Sno-park permits are available from November 1 through April 30 and can be purchased online or from varies vendors and retail locations. Learn more about permits for snowmobile and non-motorized sno-parks.