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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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3. What to Do

Flood lights from an old gas station make for great night skiing at Snoqualmie.  

See art for free at the galleries clustered around Pioneer Square. Glasswork legend Dale Chihuly and other Pacific Northwest artists show in Foster/White’s new 7,000-square-foot gallery. Find the latest in edgy graphic design at Electric Coffin Studio, or admire the rotating roster of local photographers on exhibit at Ouch My Eye. Admission to the Frye Art Museum is free, and its eclectic collection ranges from American masters like Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer to the Bronx-based artist-activist Tim Rollins.

Save dollars by skiing after dark at nearby the Summit at Snoqualmie, one of the largest spots to go night riding on the West Coast. The mountain has 54 night trails open, and evening lift tickets are $20 cheaper than day passes. Take advantage of their carpooling program to save gas money on the 45-minute trip (night-lift tickets $38, 4 p.m.–10 p.m.).

See a show for free at Sonic Boom Records on Capitol Hill, a record store turned miniature concert spot. (Recent acts include Heartless Bastards, Vampire Weekend, and Marissa Nadler; check their Facebook page for upcoming shows.) At night, head to the newly renovated Crocodile Café, once the home of “Seattle Sound” bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden, and still the best place to catch up-and-comers on the indie rock scene for under $10.

Published on Dec 17, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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