This winter, for the second year in a row, the area will be open daily for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Or simply enjoy the scenic drive — 17 miles from Port Angeles to road's end at Hurricane Ridge — with views from snowy peaks to the glittering Strait of Juan de Fuca. See http://www.nps.gov/olym. Most years the Hurricane Ridge road has been open on weekends only in winter, but a pilot project with federal and local funding has brought the everyday openings and boosted the number of winter visitors in local communities.
—Snowmobiling around Washington
Snowmobilers can zip along more than 3,000 miles of trails groomed through Washington state's Winter Recreation Program. A Sno-Park permit is required for trailhead parking; see http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/snowmobiling/ For tips on where to snowmobile — and efforts for more snowmobiling access — see the website of the Washington State Snowmobile Association, http://www.wssa.us.
—Quick links to Northwest ski resorts
For web links to Washington downhill ski areas — from the little Loup Loup in north-central Washington to big brother Crystal Mountain, see http://www.skiwashington.com (run by a nonprofit trade group).
Oregon has a similar ski-info site at http://www.skioregon.org. For British Columbia, see http://www.hellobc.com/ski. For Idaho resorts, go to http://www.visitidaho.org/winter.
—Vancouver ski area opens
Cypress Mountain, a half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, B.C., opened Nov. 9 thanks to its Winter Olympics-legacy snowmaking equipment. http://www.cypressmountain.com
—Finding ski-resort deals
With walk-up lift tickets easily topping $70 a day at some ski resorts, it's well worth searching for discounts:
—Check resort websites for deals, including early-bird ticket/hotel discounts.
—Ski midweek when lifts and hotels can cost less.
—Buy a cheaper half-day ticket available at some resorts — and ski without breaks.
—Search online for special discounts — Crystal Mountain, for example, offers military discounts including half-price tickets some days, and airline employees with valid identification get $7 off on Tuesdays. http://www.crystalmountainresort.com