A dark cloud layer hangs over the Olympic mountains area in Washington's Olympic National Park. The Olympic Mountains is a year-round destination. In summer, visitors come for views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as for superb hiking. During the winter months the small, family oriented Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area offers lift-serviced downhill skiing and snowboarding. Hurricane Ridge is named for its intense gales and winds. The weather in the Olympic Mountains is unpredictable, and visitors should be prepared for snow at any time of year. Jim Bryant Photo. ©2017. All Rights Reserved. Over 400 hardy participants joined in on the 33rd annual 33rd annual Polar Bear on January 1, 2017 in Olalla, Washington by jumping into the chilly Burley lagoon waters during the Polar Bear Plunge. ©2017. Jim Bryant. All Rights Reserved.