We've had a taste of real winter around here, and even though it tends to wreak havoc with the commute, our jobs, our kids' school schedules, the garbage pickup, and countless other aspects of modern life, we do know one thing -- there's snow in the mountains now.
You and your family may be skiers or boarders, which is great. My 8-year-old son hasn't felt the calling to strap on skis yet, but he does like snow and he likes speed, so for family fun we just jead for the hills with a plastic sled or saucer and have some cheap, low-tech winter fun.
Here the go-to list of hot spots -- or should that be cold spots? It's a post called Where to Go Sledding and Tubing This Winter from Red Tricycle.
My son Dawson's first sledding experience was at the very family- and newbie-friendly Hyak Sno-Park near Snoqualmie Pass. It's close in, it's well-groomed, and it's free to sled as long as you have a Sno-Park day permit. If you're dealing with littles, that's the place to start. (But be aware that it doesn't have any amenities to speak of, except for bathrooms, so BYO food, water, etc.)
Farther away from Seattle and the suburbs, there are sweet spots near Leavenworth, Hurricane Ridge, Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, and on my bucket list is Paradise on Mt. Rainier, which I learned doesn't mean you go to the top of the mountain and tube all the way down, as fun as that might be. But it seems like it would be cool to point to Rainier from here in Seattle and say, "yup -- I tubed down that thing!"
Here's the full story. Have fun up there, and don't let this happen to you: