Signpost: Mission Ridge


MISSION RIDGE 900 skiable acres; 2,200 vertical feet; 35 runs; 158 annual inches; 30 acres of snowmaking; 4 doubles, 2 ropetows. Tickets: adult $40; youth (7-12) $25; child (7 and younger) $5.40; senior (63 and older) $25; nightskiing (all ages) $11.

LODGING There are no on-mountain accommodations at Mission Ridge, but there's no shortage of rooms 12 miles away in Wenatchee. Many properties offer discounted stay-and-ski packages that include two adult lift tickets and one night's lodging (double room) for $120—$140. Three such hotels (with pools and hot tubs) are Cedars Inn, 509-886-8000; Holiday Inn Express, 509-663-6355; and the Red Lion Wenatchee, 509-663-0711. For details, visit or call the Visitors Bureau, 800-572-7753.

DINING The Windmill is locally famous for its hand-cut meats—try the Whiskey Pepper Steak with a Gordon Brother's Merlot; 509-665-9529. Visit Visconti's for Italian entrees such as rack of lamb or cioppino, a spicy seafood soup; 509-662-5013. For margaritas and generous portions of carne asada or fajitas, hit La Fuente;509-664-1910.

APRÈS-SKI McGlinn's Public House boasts equally popular locations in the ski-area base lodge and downtown Wenatchee. Specialties of the house include local brews (try the Saddle Rock Red) and Washington wines (the Hyatt Merlot is a local favorite); 509-663-9073.

DON'T MISS the Stemilt Retail Store. Wenatchee calls itself the apple capital of the country; test that claim by sampling the exotic varieties of apples (and pears) kept in cold storage; 509-663-7848;

GETTING THEREFrom North Seattle: Highway 522 to Monroe, then Highway 2 east to Wenatchee.
From South Seattle: I-90 east to Exit 85, Highway 970 east to Highway 97, Highway 97 north to Highway 2, and Highway 2 east to Wenatchee. From Wenatchee, follow signs to the ski hill.

INFORMATION 509-663-6543;