Want to watch the sunset behind Mt. Rainier while on a post-work or school shred? Mission Ridge will be open for night skiing and boarding for 40 nights this winter season starting December 26, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4-9pm.
The resort added 42 new light poles to the Upper Basin to open up several runs off the Wenatchee Express chairlift The area of night skiing terrain has now increased by 78% and added 2,250 feet of vertical rise, making Mission Ridge, perhaps the second tallest night skiing operation in the country, according to resort staff. The Wenatchee Express, Chair 1, Chair 4 and several surface lifts will be open during night skiing operations and 11 runs will be lit.
The new offerings for night skiers include more advanced terrain as well as unprecedented sunset views, a beautiful alpine-glow effect on the ridgeline, and views of the city lights from Ellensburg to Ephrata. “On a clear night, our guests will have one of the most amazing night views in the state,” said Mission Ridge Mountain Operations Director Brad Whiting.
In other exciting news, a new Ottobahn Carpet Lift has been added to the Pika Peak beginner's area next to the ski school as the base of the resort. The “magic carpet” is easier to load new skiers and boarders, and will help youngsters who struggle holding a rope tow.
Mission Ridge has also hired a new chef to run food and beverage. Coming from Las Vegas, Chef Rey Arreola wanted a change from the corporate cooking world, so he jumped on the opportunity at Mission. Arreola is excited to bring a new and distinguished flavor to the mountain, and has created an entirely new menu, adding many gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Make sure to check out the Mountain Music series this winter– every Saturday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm when local bands will be crooning in the Hampton Lodge.