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Early Season Access

Early Season Access


Updated 1/3/22

Early Season Access 2021/22

Trailmap highlighting closed terrain

Due to the complexity and variability of our early-season mountain setup and snowmaking operations we are currently closed to any uphill skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in the areas and runs as indicated on the attached early season map. Run/area closure status may change at any time.

Closed runs/areas are: Mimi, Tumwater, Sunspot, Chak Chak, Elip, Sitkum, Castle, Lomax

Ski touring (up or down the ski area), snowshoeing, or hiking within these zones of the ski area is prohibited.  At this time of year things change rapidly and the mountain operations departments are working hard to get us ready to open.  The safety of the public and our staff during this timeframe is our top concern. If in doubt - stay out.**

The rest of the mountain is open for public access but may require hiking up and/or down due to low-snow coverage. Typically the routes become safe and clear when the majority of the mountain is open with natural snow and the snowmaking equipment is cleared from the runs.  At that point, we will revert to the standard uphill policy. We ask that all users understand that we are all working together to provide opportunities for amazing winter recreation.

** Currently the ski runs are strewn with high-pressure hoses and high-voltage electric lines for snowmaking. Skiing/hiking over these lines and hoses can cause expensive damage to the lines and could result in injury or even death to you. Damage to the lines also puts our employees at risk while they handle and move the lines. The electric cords carry 480 volts of current and the hoses hold water at 500-850 psi. so nicks or cuts in the lines is incredibly dangerous for our workers.

General Information

Backcountry travelers are encouraged to check in with the Mission Ridge Mountain Patrol when leaving the Ski Area Boundary. Mission Ridge requests that backcountry travelers park outside the Mission Ridge parking lot. Overnight camping is not permitted within the Mission Ridge Permit Area. Overnight RV camping is permitted in designated zones in the base area.

The Mission Ridge Ski Area recognizes the enthusiasm of the public to be outdoors enjoying the mountains while participating in different activities. Since 2004, the ski area has experienced a rapid increase in winter snowshoeing, snowboard hiking and the use of alpine touring equipment as a means of uphill travel to access terrain in and outside the resort's Permit Area. This type of recreational use raises safety concerns during operating hours and during non-operational hours when maintenance operations or avalanche mitigation may be occurring. Maintenance operations routinely occur on the mountain during all non-operating hours. Machinery can be found working anywhere on the mountain at any time. This policy helps mitigate safety concerns of recreational use during maintenance operations, while allowing recreational access to public lands.

Mission Ridge asks uphill skiers to respect the work of our grooming staff by following the designated uphill routes, knowing the policy, and by skiing downhill via the same uphill route or skiing entirely off-piste.  As a courtesy and general practice, please avoid freshly groomed runs -- skiing these runs damages our product and if skied at the wrong time can  even create significant safety issues for guests the next day.

If you have questions or comments on the uphill policy, we encourage you to contact us at: [email protected] anytime and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Mission Ridge accepts no liability or responsibility for accidents that occur as a result of uphill travel. RCW 4.24.210

Nearby Backcountry Routes

Even when the Designated Routes within the Ski-Area Boundary are closed (e.g., early-season conditions, avalanche control, ski area is operating, etc.), two backcountry routes outside of that boundary remain open at all times and can be accessed from the Mission Ridge Ski Area. One of these routes uses the Lakes Trail to access Clara Lake and the Mission Peak environs; the other uses the Outback to access Stemilt Basin. For both of these routes, park at the entrance to the lower lot as close as possible to the Lakes Trail Trailhead.

  • Use of the Backcountry Routes is allowed even when the Designated Routes within the Ski Area Boundary are closed. Uphill skiers using the Backcountry Routes cannot descend to the parking lot via the ski area if the Ski Patrol has closed the terrain being used to enter the resort.
  • Click here for more details about the Backcountry Routes.



7500 Mission Ridge Rd
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Snowline: (509) 663-3200
Phone: (509) 663-6543
Email: [email protected]
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New Mission LLC operates Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort under special use permits from the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.