Mission Ridge Ski Area

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Mission Ridge Ski Area
Chair 4 (left) at Mission Ridge Ski Area
Chair 4 (left) at Mission Ridge Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area is located in the US
Mission Ridge Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area
Location in the United States
Location Chelan County, Washington
Nearest city Wenatchee: 12 miles (20 km)
Coordinates 47°17′31″N 120°23′56″W / 47.292°N 120.399°W / 47.292; -120.399Coordinates: 47°17′31″N 120°23′56″W / 47.292°N 120.399°W / 47.292; -120.399
Vertical 2,250 feet (686 m)
Top elevation 6,820 feet (2,079 m)
Base elevation 4,570 feet (1,393 m)
Skiable area 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
Runs 36
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 10% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 60% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 30% most difficult
Lift system 4 chairlifts
2 tows
Lift capacity 4,910 / hr
Terrain parks 1
Snowfall 200 inches (16.7 ft; 5.1 m)
Snowmaking yes
Night skiing 4 - 9 pm
Website Mission Ridge.com

Mission Ridge Ski Area is a ski area in the western United States, located near Wenatchee, Washington. On the leeward east slope of the Cascade Range, its base elevation is at 4,570 feet (1,393 m) above sea level with the peak at 6,820 feet (2,079 m). Mission Ridge receives an average snowfall of 200 inches (16.7 ft; 5.1 m) per year, with over 300 sunny days, and its slopes face primarily northeast.

Alpine Skiing[edit]

Mission Ridge has 6 lifts providing access to 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of terrain:

Mission Ridge has a relatively small terrain park, called the B-24 terrain park.

The ski area has had night skiing and snowmaking since 1978,[2] and expanded the snowmaking capacity in 2005.[1]

Base Facilities[edit]

The Hampton Lodge at the base of the mountain includes a restaurant, bar, shop, and rental center. Additionally, facilities in the base area include lesson centers, a childcare center, and first aid operations.


The name "Mission Ridge" was selected in June 1964,[3] and it began operations 52 years ago in the fall of 1966 with two chairlifts[4] in the Squilchuck Basin, where a Walla Walla-based B-24 Liberator bomber crashed on September 30, 1944.[5][6] A wing section of the plane was removed from the mountain and taken down to the lodge in 1985; it was hauled back up the mountain in October 1992, mounted above "Bomber Bowl."[6]

Bill Johnson, the gold medalist in downhill at the 1984 Winter Olympics, trained at the Mission Ridge Ski Academy as a teenager.[7]


  1. ^ a b Pratt, Christine (July 11, 2005). "Quad lift at Mission Ridge is a go for this winter". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Wenatchee World). p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Mission Ridge to add lights, snowmaking". Ellensburg Daily Record. May 24, 1978. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "Promote Mission Ridge". Ellensburg Daily Record. June 12, 1964. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Mission Ridge plans expansion". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. March 14, 1967. p. 17. 
  5. ^ "Bomber crashes near Wenatchee". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. October 2, 1944. p. 1. 
  6. ^ a b "Snow comes". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. November 13, 1992. p. 13. 
  7. ^ Halstead, Jeff (February 6, 1987). "Ski Mission Ridge and have it all". Spokesman-Review. p. 12, Weekend. 

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