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Winter in Walla Walla

Winter doesn’t have to get you down. If you need a break from the winter doldrums, Walla Walla is your perfect winter getaway to help you make the most of the season.


Ski Bluewood (open starting 12/22)

If you are looking for downhill skiing with short lift lines, world-class grooming, no hustle and bustle, and arguably some of the best powder in the entire region, head to Ski Bluewood. Bluewood’s ski area occupies the second-highest base elevation (4,545 feet) in Washington. Bluewood also has a reputation for having some of the best snow in the state and incredible tree skiing. The Blue Mountains rise out of a high-desert region, which provides clear skies and cold, smoke-dry powder. The average annual snowfall is more than 300 inches. The mountain offers nearly 400 skiable acres of lift-serviced terrain for every ability level and interest. With 24 trails, three terrain parks, amazing tree skiing areas and snowcat accessible terrain, there’s something for everyone at Bluewood.

Winter Sports

If you need to break out of the clouds and find some fun in the sun with the entire family, there are a variety of winter sports to enjoy in the Umatilla National Forest located in the Blue Mountains. Whether you want to go sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, there’s a perfect winter activity for everyone an hour from Walla Walla.

Andies Prairie Sno-Park (58 minutes from Walla Walla)
• Sledding/Tubing
• Snowmobiling
• XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Horseshoe Prairie Nordic Ski Area (67 minutes from Walla Walla)
• XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Morning Creek Sno-Park (53 minutes from Walla Walla)
• Snowmobiling
• XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Touchet Corral Sno-Park (66 minutes from Walla Walla)
• Snowmobiling
•XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Woodland Sno-Park (56 minutes from Walla Walla)
• Snowmobiling
• XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Jan. 11-14, 2018

What better way to brighten a cold January evening than a performance by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival! The WWCMF’s Eleventh Season kicks off with a recital by guest artist Brittany Boulding Breeden, violin, performing at Foundry Vineyards.

January’s Tasting Music event features one of the great works in the chamber music canon, the Fauré Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15, performing at Rotie Cellars Production Facility.

The January Festival Series, performing at Foundry Vineyards, explores movement and color through sound with the electronic instrument, the theremin. To introduce the world of theremin music, WWCMF is honored to welcome one of the world’s foremost theremin virtuosi, Carolina Eyck. In her compositions, as in her visual art, Carolina engages in a conversation between sight and sound. Her Fantasias provide the perfect entrée to a futuristic soundscape.

Concluding the program is the great Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré, performed at the Gesa Power House Theatre.

You can find a full list of the WWCMF January Series of events on our events calendar.

Walla Walla Symphony

Join the Symphony Wednesday, Dec. 20 as they present the O’Connor Band – An Appalachian Christmas. Mark and Maggie O’Connor return to Walla Walla with the whole band! This program will feature a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and other traditional American music. (Please note: this performance will feature the O’Connor Band only and does not include symphony musicians.)

On Tuesday, Jan. 23 the Symphony presents the Peking Acrobats. With daring maneuvers, amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control, the Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace and their gravity defying acts will be accompanied by musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments. (Please note: this performance will feature the Peking Acrobats only and does not include symphony musicians.)

February is for Foodies

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As if there weren’t already enough reasons to visit Walla Walla at any time of year, food and wine lovers have additional motivation to visit this February during the valley’s annual February is for Foodies month long celebration. Now in its fifth year, February is for Foodies features cooking demonstrations led by Walla Walla’s finest chefs, prix-fixe menus at top local restaurants, food, wine, and chocolate pairings, special lodging discounts, and more.

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