Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
Ski & Snowboard School • Terrain Parks • Live Events • Restaurant • 7500 Mission Ridge Rd, Wenatchee, WA 509.663.6543
Our day started around dark:30 as we loaded up the gear set out the night before. Some coffee brewed and we double checked to make sure we had everything: boots, gloves, goggles, check!
Not a long drive from Wenatchee but an early departure is necessary for first-tracks. One of the first in the parking lot and we get a great spot, a stones throw from the lodge. Strapped on my board and we were on our way up Chair 1. The air is crisp and a bit foggy but as we climb in elevation the sun starts to peek through. Just a quick ride from lift 1 to 2 and now we're climbing again, this time to the summit.
Ok now it's really cold but in a few minutes we'll be carving our way down the mountain at blistering speeds and temperature will be the last thing on our minds. The sun is officially out and you can just make out Mt. Rainier in the distance as we crest the final ridge. One final gear check, boots strapped in, quick photo of the valley to prove we were here and we're on our way.
Nothing beats a powder day!
300 Days of Sun!
Light powder. Tons of sun. Amazing views. Terrain that fits everyone in the family. That's Mission Ridge. Only 12 miles from Wenatchee, the ski area is built into a 2,000 acre basin on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. They are a little higher, a little drier, and quite a bit "sunshiner" than the other mountains in our area. That means when storms come in, they drop a different kind of snow at Mission Ridge: light, dry powder.
More than 36 designated runs spread over 2,000 spectacular acres of trails, chutes, screamers, and bowls, with a 2,250 foot vertical drop. Amazing backcountry that is about as easy to access as you'll find; just be sure to check in with ski patrol before you go! .
HISTORY OF BOMBER BOWL:
On a stormy night of September 30, 1944, Flight Crew 22, on a training mission from Walla Walla Army Air Base, found itself off course and lost above the rugged Cascade Mountain Range. They were flying a B – 24 “Liberator” Heavy Bomber. The night was rainy and the valley was enshrouded with heavy fog. Around 8:00 p.m. the Beehive Lookout reported Hearing the drone of a planes engines as it passed directly overhead. Within moments a fire was seen faintly illuminating the fog, alerting the lookout that the plane had probably crashed. Due to the darkness, weather. And terrain, search efforts were delayed. The next morning when a rescue party reached this rocky bowl, just 500 feet below the crest of Mission Ridge, they found the flames had been extinguished by the heavy rainfall from the previous night. Pieces of the wreckage were strewn hundreds of yards across the slope and the bodies of all six crew members were found.
There were no survivors.