Mission Ridge is excited to announce the expansion of the night light system to the top of the mountain and the addition of new terrain for night skiing this coming season. After years of planning and preparation, 42 new light poles have been added in the Upper Basin of the resort to open several runs off of the Wenatchee Express chairlift. Topping out at 6,820 feet at the summit of the ski area, the Wenatchee Express will be open during night ski operations this season in addition to Chair 1, Chair 4 and several surface lifts. The increased vertical rise to a total of 2,250 feet will make the night ski operation the second tallest in the country that we’re aware of.
On clear nights, you'll have one of the most amazing night views in the state. From the summit, you will see the city lights of Ellensburg to Ephrata and many points further in all directions. This project will offer night skiing guests more advanced terrain to ski and ride on, as well as provide one of the longest vertical drops for night skiing in the world.
The added night ski terrain will be a 78% increase over last season. When combined with a 2019 night ski expansion, we’ve increased terrain open for night skiing by over triple what was available for several decades prior. Skiers and snowboarders can now enjoy turns under the lights on 40 nights this coming season starting December 26th. The standard night schedule will run Wednesday through Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm through the end of February. In total, 11 runs on over 70 acres of terrain will be lit. Night terrain will now be served by 3 chairlifts and 3 surface lifts.