About US

Decades of Alpine Dedication: Crafting Memories and Building Skills


Welcome to Snow Sports Northwest (SSNW), a private ski and snowboard school nestled in the heart of Snoqualmie Pass. Our story began over 50 years ago when Seattleite James Smith Sr. and his friends, passionate members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), built the SSNW Lodge to share their love for the mountains. Jim and Barbra Smith raised their children in this vibrant atmosphere, passing down not just a business but a way of life centered around the thrill of skiing and the beauty of mountain living. After a rewarding 45 years, Jim Smith Sr. passed the legacy to his son, James Smith Jr., a Jr Olympic ski racer and PSIA member.

Now, Jim Jr. continues the family tradition with a commitment to preserving the legacy and sharing the joy of snow sports. Our ski school, with instructors dedicated for over 40 years, is a close-knit family where generations come together to introduce others to the mountain community, share the thrill of the sport, and foster a deep connection with nature. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, we welcome you to the SSNW family, where the mountains are our playground, and the joy of snow sports is a way of life. Embrace the slopes with us and discover the best that Snoqualmie Pass has to offer. Welcome to Snow Sports Northwest – where the love for skiing and snowboarding meets the warmth of a family legacy.

Legacy of Excellence: Elevating Snow Sports Education

where our legacy meets a commitment to excellence in snow sports education. SSNW offers a range of options, providing private ski and snowboard lessons tailored to individual needs, whether you’re a beginner or advanced rider. As a PSIA-AASI accredited ski school, we also take pride in our flexible Sunday 8-week group lesson program, welcoming participants aged 5 and above. This structured program, led by our experienced instructors, offers a supportive environment for skill progression and camaraderie. At SSNW, we believe in the transformative power of snow sports, and our commitment to PSIA training reflects our dedication to delivering the highest quality instruction. Join us for private lessons, the 8-week program, or both, and become part of the SSNW family, where tradition meets excellence on the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass.