Family Friendly Winter Activities in Central Washington
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Sunday, November 11, 2018

Residents of Central Washington have woken up to a crisp chill in the air and ice on their windshields. That can only mean one thing: winter is coming. Horray! Soon the snow will be on the ground and on the treetops and people all over the country are going to be flocking for the festive family-friendly winter activities that Central Washington has to offer!

Cross-Country Skiing

There are nine cross-country skiing trails in Cle Elum in a wide range of difficulty and length. The most family-friendly trail is the Swauk Forest Discovery Trail.

According to Dan A. Nelson from Snowshoe Routes: Washington, "The Blewett Pass area may be one of the finest snow recreation spots in the state, with trails set aside for motorized and nonmotorized recreation. The Sno-Parks are used by all, but snowshoers and skiers can find quiet solitude even in this popular winter playground. What's more, you can find richly rewarding routes to explore wether you have just a few hours to roam or a few days."

This trail is 2-5 miles long and should take around 2-5 hours to complete. This trail is best from December to late March. The trail head is Green Trails: Liberty No. 210.

For a complete list of cross-country skiing trails in Cle Elum, see

Suncadia also has Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing trails. The trailhead is at 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum. Guests can rent cross-country skiis for $25 for 2 hours or $40 for 24 hours. Guests can rent snowshoes for $18 for 2 hours and $30 for 24 hours. Additionally, guided ski or snowshoe tours are available.

Please book these tours 48 hours in advance.

You can find more information about Suncadia's cross country trails at Suncadia's website, or by calling (509) 649-6400.


Suncadia offers a rope tow inner tubing hill for guests of all ages! Guests can experience the rush of rushing down the hill and continue the fun with the rope tow return. You can enjoy the fast-paced ride and beautiful view as you speed down the hill. The price of admission for Suncadia's Inner Tubing Hill is $20 per session, per rider.

For more information please see Suncadia Resort's website.

Ice Skating

Suncadia offers ice skating at the Village Pavilion. They offer morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Guests of all ages can enjoy flying around the enclosed rink and enjoy the wonderful scenery that Suncadia has to offer.

The price per session is $15 for ages 12 and under and $18 for ages 13 and up.

For all-day passes, the price is $25 for age 12 and under and $28 for age 13 and up.

Ice Skating Hours of Operation

  • Fridays: 6-9pm
  • Saturday: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Sunday: 10am-1pm

For more information about Suncadia's Ice Skating, please see Suncadia's website.

Sleigh Rides

Guests can ride around the picturesque landscape of Suncadia in a sleigh, pulled by the gentle Percheron horses, Tip and Lucky. Reservations are reccomended.

Cost: $24 per adult, $18 per child (ages 3-12 years old). Age 2 and under are free, but must sit on their parent or guardian's lap.

For more information about the Suncadia sleigh rides, please contact the Concierge desk at (509) 649-6461.


There are many places that guests can rent Snowmobiles in Central Washington.

Motor Toys offers Snowmobile Rentals that are easy to operate, comfortable, and ready to go! This snowmobile rental includes everyting you need. Guides at Motor Toys can point you to some great riding areas, or if you just want to ride with a guide, you can get a guided trip.

All guided trips include:

  • snowmobile
  • pick up and delivery
  • helmet with faceshield
  • gloves
  • instructions
  • post ride refreshments.

More information on Motor Toys Snowmobile Rentals on their website.

Webb Powersports offers Ski-Doo Snowmobiles in Roslyn, Washington. They do offer guided tours and delivery and pick up. For more information on renting snowmobiles from Webb Powersports, please see their website.


Several Vacation Rental 365 homes come with sleds and wonderful small private sledding hills.

For our recommedations on homes that come with sleds or homes that are especially wonderful in the winter, please contact us at (855) 698-7365 or email us at

You can find more information about our recommended winter activities on our website.

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