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Upcoming Santa Snow Trains

Snow, trains, Santa and Christmas time – who doesn’t love the combination? Luckily here in the northwest there are several snow trains to take advantage of in the coming weeks.

WASHINGTON

Alki Tours Snow Train to Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival

www.alkitours.com

Musicians, magicians, breakfast and dinner on this trip to and from the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth.

Prices are $139 for children and $149 for adults.

  • Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

 

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum Chehalis, Washington

http://steamtrainride.com/holiday_trains/

Santa Steam Train (30 minutes)

Visit with Santa and have your picture taken

Price is $10 (under 2 free)

  • Weekends, December 7 through December 15

Polar Express Train (hour and a half)

Santa, cookies, hot chocolate and a reading of the book Polar Express

Price is $20 for children, $30 for adults

  • Fridays through Sundays, November 29 – Sunday, December 22

 

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Yacolt, Washington Christmas Tree Special Train

http://www.bycx.com/schedule

Prices range from $8-$11 for children ages 2-4, $10-$13 for children ages 5-12 an $15-$18 for adults.

  • Weekends, December 1 through December 22

 

Lake Whatcom Railway Wickersham, Washington Santa Train

http://www.lakewhatcomrailway.com/

Prices are $12.50 for children, $25 for adults

  • Saturdays, December 7, 14, & 21

 

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad Elbe, Washington Santa Express Train

http://www.mrsr.com/index.html

Visit Santa and drink hot chocolate while riding along the foothills of Mt. Rainier!

Prices are $22 for children ages 2-12, and $27 for adults.

  • Fridays through Sundays, December 6 – December 22

 

Northern Pacific Railway Museum Toppenish, Washington Toy Train Christmas with Santa

http://www.nprymuseum.org/toytrainchristmas.htm

A unique experience that involves playing with lots of toy trains! A short train ride on a caboose is included.

Prices are $4 for children and $6 for adult.

  • Weekends, November 30 –  December 22

 

Northwest Railroad Museum Snoqualmie, Washington Santa Train

http://www.trainmuseum.org/index.php/visit-us/santa-train

A beautiful old train depot and museum, Santa, and cocoa!

Prices are $20 for everyone.

  • Weekends, November 30 through  December 21

 

OREGON

Oregon Mount Hood Railroad Hood River, Oregon Polar Express Train Saturday

https://www.mthoodrr.com/buy-polar-tickets.html

Caroling, hot chocolate, Santa, and a special treat!

Prices range from $18-$38 for children and $26 to $46 for adults.

  • November 9  – December 29

 

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Garibaldi, Oregon Candy Cane Express Train

http://www.ocsr.net/candycane.html

Ride along the Pacific Ocean with Santa! Cookies, candy, and hot chocolate!

Prices are $15 for ages 3-10 and $20 for adults.

  • December 7 – December 15

 

Sumpter Valley Railroad McEwen & Sumpter, Oregon Christmas Train

http://www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org/special-events.html

Ride a steam-powered train back in time!

  • December 7 – 15

 

IDAHO

Idaho Thunder Mountain Line Horseshoe Bend, Idaho Santa Express Train

http://www.thundermountainline.com

Christmas music, coloring books, pictures with Santa, Santa’s Magic Forest, candy canes, and milk! Prices range from $20-$30 for children and $30-$40 for adults.

  • Fridays through Sundays, November 22 – December 22

 

MONTANA

Charlie Russell Chew Choo Lewistown, Montana North Pole Adventure Train

http://www.montanadinnertrain.com/schedule.html

Prices are $25 per person

  • Weekends, November 30 through December 21.
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White Pass Ski Resort

Josh getting ready for snowboarding lessons.

The snow is falling, the snow is falling! Time to head up to White Pass Ski Resort and hit the slopes. I say that like I know what I’m doing but I’m a newby. This year I will be trying to ski for the first time. Last year we bought our then 13-year-old son, Josh, snowboard lessons. It was a great deal. Three lessons with equipment rental (either snowboard or ski, you get to choose) which can be taken on non-consecutive days. This year the cost is $129.00 for ages 5-12, over age 12 is $139.00.

I have never skied before or even been to a ski resort. I was in for a bit of a shock. First was ALL the people there! I don’t think I’ve seen so many people in one spot expect during Christmas in downtown Seattle! Next was the “lodge.” It’s called the base lodge. Having only seen ski lodges on TV I was picturing a nice quite romantic room with a crackling fire and soft couches. Uh, no, it was more like a junior high cafeteria. The top two floors were jam-packed and noisy. The food is also rather expensive, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The bottom floor holds the store, equipment rental and repair, restrooms and daycare. The store actually has surprisingly affordable items. For instance, jackets were less expensive there than at the Helley Hanson factory outlet store in Centralia.

But – the lodge has great windows looking out onto the slopes. That’s where we waited while Josh had his lessons and after watching people skiing who obviously had various levels of expertise, I decided maybe I could try it so that’s my goal for this winter. Josh finished out his snowboard lessons, slowly increasing his skills. This year he will try skiing as well to compare which will work best for him. I plan on giving a couple of other family members the lessons for Christmas as well (shhh, don’t tell them!)

A new lodge up high on the ridgeline called High Camp Lodge was built when White Pass Ski Resort was able to expand an additional 767 acres last year. I hope to get up there after I learn to ski and see it so I can tell you more about what it has to offer in the way of amenities and views.

There is lodging with kitchens available on the mountain as well as nearby towns but there really aren’t any other dining options on site besides the lodge.

So check it out at skiwhitepass.com for the latest conditions and other options for lessons and we’ll see you on the slopes!

Getting there: From Interstate 5, go east on Hwy 12. From eastern Washington, go west on Hwy. 12.

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