Living in an area that experiences four seasons is magical. Just when you think you can’t take another hot day or blustery night, the season changes.
Winter in Walla Walla is often challenging for those who like to see the sky or anything beyond their neighbor’s house for that matter. Fog rolls in and not surprisingly gets stuck in the valley.
Luckily for locals and tourists alike, there is a solution: snowshoe, ski, or sled under crisp blue skies in the mountains.
Many winter recreation opportunities exists a mere hour out of town, or less depending on the snow pack. Ski Bluewood is the closest ski resort to Walla Walla, just outside of Dayton, Washington, and boasts roughly 400 acres of skiable area, including 24 trails, terrain parks, and lots of quality tree skiing.
Several roads that close for the winter double as excellent snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails, although a few marked areas do exist in the Umatilla National Forest.
The area does feel even more remote in the winter, so make sure to travel in groups or let folks know your intended travel plans. Winter in the mountains is a great way to get through winter in the valley, so grab your favorite snow sport equipment and head to the mountains.