Ski scene in Seattle area?

hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
What's the ski scene like in Seattle area? Looking at a move there and want to get an early clue in. Any info on best areas, what to expect for typical water/wind conditions and hours, and length of season would be helpful. I know Sammamish has a club and plan to reach out, was also looking for the ski ambassadors page ( but it seems to be gone.



  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,801 Administrator
    Seattle is the home of the most of the industry. There is a lot of skiing up there.

    FYI - The Ambassadors project is not gone - it is just being re-tooled

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  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 886 Crazy Baller
    @hbfs there are a number of lakes out there, just depends on what you are looking to do. I go skiing out there when I am in Seattle on business. Some great private lakes. I can give you some insight if you like.
  • wawaskrwawaskr Posts: 165 Baller
    Where are you looking at moving? North or South of Seattle?
  • jimskijimski Posts: 257 Baller
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,376 Historical Baller
    AWSA 3-event traditional Nationals in Seattle: 1950 and 1972.
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 180 Baller
    Welcome to Sea-Town
    I'm a Lake Sammamish Waterski Club member, but finishing up college in San Diego. I'd say the season is pretty much spring (April ish) to October. Best skiing is in July and August when all the lakes are very warm. Ski Park Lake and Broho Lake are popular placest to get time slots. You can also get a membership at Hilltop too I believe. Who have u been in contact with at the Lake Samm. club? Happy to answer any other questions - I love skiing up there. I ski at Ski Park Lake at least once per week and free ski early early in the morning on Lake Washington when I can.
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 180 Baller
    @Horton you ever make it up to the Seattle area?
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 886 Crazy Baller
    Hey @UWSkier . Why was my comment off topic? Just curious.

    @hbfs I do ski with those guys out in Seattle quite a bit so hit me up if you want. As said @RichardDoane or @robscholl-OF can give insight also.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 904 Mega Baller
    @bigskieridaho that was a wayward click! My bad!
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    @wawaskr haven't decided where to move yet, finding a suitable job first. But somewhere in Seattle proper.

    @bigskieridaho I started trying my hand at the course last season, and prior to that had been mostly freeskiing. I am looking to get more serious on the course, but also still interested in casual recreational skiing as well. I'll pm you for more info

    @shansen345 super helpful, thanks for the insight! I'll pm you as well, check your inbox
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 196 Baller
    I'm part of the Lake Stevens Water Ski Club if you end up on the Northend / Snohomish County. Hilltop is a good option up here too. We have a submergable course in Lake Stevens, although we mostly free ski during the week and do the course on the weekends. Our club skis a private lake in Eastern WA a few times a year as well.

    As others have said the season runs from super-cold drysuits-only season in April/May through the awesome months of July - Sept and if you get the drysuit back out, October. Once it freezes we pull the boat and keep it somewhere warm for the winter. The lakes around Seattle are generally cold-fast water, especially early in the season.

    Hit me up if you end up a north-end guy. Would love to shred the water with ya!
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    Thanks @KRoundy, I'm happy to be receiving such a welcoming response from the Seattle community. I'll pm you for more info, check your inbox
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 196 Baller
    If anyone else in the northend would like to join up with a bunch of folks who just like to spend time on the water, check us out at

    We're a friendly bunch and most of us don't bite.

  • Mike GileMike Gile Posts: 272 Solid Baller
    @hbfs Look me up when you get to town. I'd be happy to take you for a pull!
  • ToddAToddA Posts: 77 Baller
    @hfbs I would be more than willing to get you out to ski too. Like KRoundy, I also am up in the Lake Stevens area. If you are looking for contacts for the private lake scene, I can get you in contact with those as well. Cheers, Todd
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    @Mike Gile @ToddA cheers to that! I will follow up in a few months when the move starts to come together
  • tlarocquetlarocque Posts: 36 Baller

    I live in San Diego but have a place on Mason Lake which is southwest of Seattle out near the Hood Canal. Mid-week its like a private spring-fed 1000 acre lake. There's no course on the lake but its beautiful.
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    @tlarocque that glass looks pretty damn good. I'll be sure to reach out when my move gets going!
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    @savaiusini, yes please, thank you! Check your inbox.
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 478 Solid Baller
    We have a club on a public lake/course on Long Lake in Port Orchard (a short ferry ride across the sound or about a 1.5 hour drive from Seattle). The course is in a cut-out section of lilly pads that eat rollers; its mostly glass even when its blowing and even when the surfers are in the main part of the lake.

    Feel free to PM if you want a ride; I pull all comers.
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    @jjackkrash thank you! I'll be in touch once I get moved in
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 478 Solid Baller
    My boy and I went on a shake ride today to dust off the cobwebs. The pads should be up enough to cut down the rollers in a week or two if the weather/temp holds. The course was only missing one gate ball so, we are pretty close to good to go. Its ski season again!
  • Sue_PSue_P Posts: 12 Baller
    Water at Broho is up to about 60 degrees - first Seattle area tournament is the first weekend of June. Washington state tournaments usually run through September. Water skiing in Washington/Seattle area is almost year round. On a GREAT day you can water ski and snow ski on the same day.....
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 886 Crazy Baller
    @Sue_P 60 degrees? Sounds cold now that our lake in Idaho has warmed up a bit. @RichardDoane said I should have brought my ski this trip out here. Maybe next one instead of golf clubs.
  • Mike GileMike Gile Posts: 272 Solid Baller
    Bring it! I saw a 66 degrees on the water temp today!
  • TravisNWTravisNW Posts: 58 Baller
    edited May 2018
    There is house for sale on Skiview in Olympia homeowners get unlimited access, and there is no rental program it’s 1.5 hr south of Seattle. Also there is another lake in the area called Maytown, they have a rental program that is very fair.
  • hbfshbfs Posts: 20 Baller
    I've arrived in Seattle and getting settled in now! Hope to meet some of you before the end of this season.
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