With the weather getting dreary and dark it is time to start thinking about you are going to do all winter long. It has been my experience, that to live in Washington and to enjoy it all year round without getting depressed, a person must get out of the house and into the great outdoors. But you may be wondering why someone would want to go outside during the winter in Washington. One word: Snow.
Load family, friends, and even grandma in the SUV and head East on Highway 2 through Monroe, Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar and Index until you arrive at Stevens Pass Ski Resort. Stevens Pass is one of Washington’s most diverse destination resorts when it comes to the variety of terrain.
From Daisy, Hogsback, Tye Mill and Brooks chairlifts there are many green and blue runs that transverse the mountain side . The smoothest runs are Promenade, Tye Creek and Easy Street (all located on Daisy) and the best blue runs are found off the left side of Hogsback (as viewed from riding the chairlift) into where old Blue Jay chair used to be located.
If you are into double blacks diamonds, or just more advanced runs, Stevens Pass Ski Resort has no shortage. Head to the summit of Cowboy Mountain, via the 7th Heaven chair, and ride the Bobby and Nancy Chutes or take the more moderate way down the Rocky Garden or Cloud 9 runs.
But if blues, green or double blacks do not suit you riding style then try the Top Phlight Terrain Park. Rated the 22nd best terrain park by Freeze Magazine, view rating, there are many rails, single jumps, table tops and hip combinations as well as two monster booters and the only Superpipe in Washington.
Toby’s Choice: Take the Hogsback Express chairlift and exit right off the chair. Travel directly underneath the chair (do not worry about crashing because I have done it many of times) and carry some speed. By doing so, you will be able to roll through the bumps similar to a dirt bike traveling through a rhythm section all the while catching that much needed hang-time.
Then you want to stay right of the approaching cliff, it is not so much as a cliff as it is a steep slope with ropes blocking it off, and then as you round the bottom side of the cliff point your skis or board directly at Parachute 2. It will send you flying into the bowl giving the spectators on the lift something to cheer about. After recovering your gear you can calmly make your way to the bottom of the mountain and sample the other many great runs.
- 1,125 acres of skiable terrain
- 37 ski runs
- 10 ski lifts (6 lifts running at night)
- 450″ average snow fall
Hours of Operation:9am – 4pm Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am – 10pm Thursday – Monday
Ski Videos from Stevens Pass Ski Resort
Powder skiing down the backside
Skiing down Wild Cat off Double Diamond.
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