Calling all superheroes, villains, princes and princesses! It’s a leap year White Pass Ski Resort’s annual Winter Carnival and your whole family is invited! Don’t miss one of the best and most popular winter events in the Northwest on Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1. It’s a winter playground for everyone, young and not so young! This year’s carnival theme is Superheroes vs. Villains and you just might see some princes and princesses a well. It’s time to work on your costume!
Fun & Festivities
Spend the day on the slopes, climb the spectacular snow castle and tube or sled down the other side with the kids. Wander through world-class snow sculptures, watch the races and have fun with the carnival games. In the evening, enjoy live music, fireworks, and a delicious dinner! All the base area entertainment and activities are free and open to the public.
The deck on the day lodge at the base overlooks the festivities. In the Central Washington sun, it can’t be beat! After the day of skiing or snowboarding and playing on the 6,000-square-foot snow castle, live music from Marshall Law Band begins at 4:30 on Saturday. Stay for dinner at 6:00 on Saturday in the lodge with your choice of prime rib ($33), spaghetti and marinara ($12) or spaghetti with meatballs ($17.50). Kids’ portions and prices will be offered as well.
After dinner get ready for the skiers’ torch-lit parade down the mountain and a spectacular display of fireworks. Fun in the snow continues on Sunday.
Kids get ready for a weekend of ski and snowboard coaching and racing! Sign lift-riding kids, ages five to 12, up for the Ski 4 Kids Race Weekend benefitting The Goodtimes Project Sibling Ski Camp, which offers a special weekend away for youth ages 11 to 17 whose sibling has been/was diagnosed with cancer. Two days of fun activities are planned for the kids. Training with top White Pass coaches takes place Saturday with more training, races and awards on Sunday.
Also on Saturday, beginning at 9 am, take part in Ski & Ride for a Cure to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Goodtimes Project, which creates caring spaces and events for kids and their families experiencing cancer.
Plan Your Weekend
Pack up the car and head for a weekend of snowy fun! Need a place to stay? The White Pass Village Inn condos are just steps away from the main lodge. There is also an 82-space, reservations-based lot for RV parking. Or, plan your stay in Yakima, just 45 minutes away, with a variety of lodging choices. Have fun on the slopes and then head to town for wine and craft beer tasting and dining.
You’ll find plenty of tasty bites on the mountain while you’re there, with options from breakfast to lunch, snacks and dinner.
- The Grill offers breakfast and lunch items daily from 7 am to 4 pm.
- The Bistro specialties include soups, salads, wraps, hot sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and assorted quick bites on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 am to last call of bar.
- At the Sitzmark Pub, try local craft beer and wine Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5:30 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm (early closing when no night skiing) and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
- Groomed Grounds offers coffee, beer, wine and snack items. Try their new “Mimosa Hour” from 8 am to 9 am. They’re open Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
- High Camp Lodge is a “Cheers” kind of place, where everybody knows your name and you can get a drink and some food mid-run with views of Mt Rainier. They’re open daily (weather dependent).
- The Mid-Mountain Yurt is a snack bar with coffee, soft drinks, cocoa and beer available. They’re open Saturday, Sunday and holidays (weather dependent).
- The Nordic Yurt offers hot and cold beverages and light fare. They’re open Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Don’t have any gear? No problem! Rent skis, snowboards or snowshoes for the entire family. Sign up for lessons for all ages, including child care sessions for the 2- to 6-year-old kids that include snow play!