Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Washington in USA. The resort is in the town of Port Angeles, WA. We recently ranked all of Washington's ski resorts, so you can see where Hurricane Ridge stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Hurricane Ridge is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Hurricane Ridge Lodging:

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Hurricane Ridge has a total of 10 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Hurricane Ridge is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 250 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 101 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
250(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort Elevation

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 5,500 feet, or 1,676 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,800 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 700 feet (213 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Hurricane Ridge's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
5,500'(1,676 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
700'(213 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
4,800'(1,463 m)

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
45.9out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Hurricane Ridge can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Hurricane Ridge has 250 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Hurricane Ridge is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 25% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 75%.
25%(63 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
25%(63 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(125 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort good for beginners?

Hurricane Ridge can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort Location

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort is located in the state of Washington, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Port Angeles, WA.

Port Angeles, WA 98363 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
47.96998, -123.49730

Getting to Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort), its coordinates of 47.96998, -123.49730 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Port Angeles, WA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort.

Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA66 mi
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC86 mi
Portland International AirportPDXPortland, OR170 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Hurricane Ridge.

William R Fairchild International AirportCLMPort Angeles, WA10 mi
Victoria International AirportYYJVictoria, BC47 mi
Snohomish County (Paine Field) AirportPAEEverett, WA56 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mt. BakerDeming, WA5,000 ft47%95 mi
Grouse MountainNorth Vancouver, BC4,100 ft42%98 mi
Cypress MountainWest Vancouver North, BC4,751 ft65%99 mi

Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation5,500 ft
Base Elevation4,800 ft
Vertical Drop700 ft
(25% Beginner,  25% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres250
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort Mountain Stats