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Stevens Pass

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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Dutch Cup Motel  


Traditional motel rooms with microwave and refrigerator and complimentary Internet.

Extra person charges may apply 

$70 and up 


The Cascadia Inn 


A cozy 14 room historic inn.


Extra person charges may apply

Call for pricing 

Mysty Mountain Properties  


Offering condominiums and cabins with full kitchens and other amenities. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$145 and up 












The Foggy Goggle


The Iron Goat Pizza Station


The Bull's Tooth Pub & Eatery 

  • See Dining for additional options. 



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Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass is located on US Highway 2, 65 miles east of Everett, WA. It is a day area serving the greater Seattle area. Known for its intermediate terrain, Stevens also has plenty of steeps to keep advanced and expert skiers happy. Due to frequent, cold easterly air flow and moist air moving in from the west, as well as a higher base elevation than most other ski areas in the Washington Cascades, Stevens Pass can often have snow when others have rain. Stevens has 10 chairlifts, including three high speed quads serving 1,800 vertical feet of terrain on two mountains. The area lit for night skiing is quite extensive, comprising the entire front side of the ski area, excepting 7th Heaven and Double Diamond. While crowds are large on weekend days from Christmas until the end of February, there is plenty of space and lift lines are short to non-existent at other times. The season typically lasts from around Thanksgiving (end of November) until mid April.

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Lifts-Total number of lifts12
Trails-5-Terrain parkYes
Trails-6-Half pipeYes
General-Base elevation4000 feet
General-Vertical drop1800 feet
General-OwnerCNL Lifestyle Properties
General-Mountain rangeCascades
General-Back country accessYes
General-Total area in bounds1250 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Diverse terrain, awesome BC

Gotta love Stevens.  Always a solid mtn to play at :)  ...and now with the bike aprk in the summer, it's awesome year round!!


Pros: consistent snow, good terrain (especially the backside), easy to get from one part of the mountain to another

Cons: sometimes wet snow, weekend crowds, takes about 2 hrs to get there

Stevens Pass is my home area.  It is not a ski resort, in the sense that there is no lodging on the mountain.  It is right on US Hwy 2 and takes about an hour and 45 minutes - 2 hours from Seattle.  It's located on the crest of the Cascades, so it gets a lot moisture from Pacific storms (or just everyday precipitation, the kind that we Pacific NW'ers have to put up with all the time).  OTOH the winds can shift and bring cold air from Eastern Washington, along with some dry snow.  We sometimes get temperature inversions as a result, where the base at 4061' is several degress colder than the summit at 5800'.  The annual snowfall is 450" and since it's more moisture-laden snow than the Rockies, tends to pack in and cover the rocks and such.  Every year they close at the end of April, with plenty of snow on the ground.  Night skiing is great; the lift ticket is good from the time you start until they close at 10pm.  Most of the front side is open at night, the snow is usually better and there are no lines.


One nice feature about the layout of the lifts, fanning out from the base area (easy to get to any lift from the lodges).   There are two high speed quads serving mostly intermediate terrain with a few (very) short black diamonds.  Mostly I use these chairs to access other terrain higher up.   From the top of the Skyline chair, immediate skiers right is the 7th Heaven lift.  It is steep.  Riding up this old double the first time may freak you out.  There are some steep chutes down the liftline that make you wonder what the f*#k somebody was thinking going down that.   At the top of the lift there is a short hike/traverse to reach a few short chutes skiers left of the lift.   Most of the traffic goes skiers right of the lift, fanning out to an ever-wider bowl, divided into several separate areas with some nice features.  This is all double black and heavily moguled, often the best snow on the mountain, north facing with nice vews on a clear day, cliffs above you to the right and the rest of the front side below you.   You can do some nice laps, from any line you take you can get a decent bump run to the top of Hogsback, then finish it with a groomer to return to Skyline.


The other express quad is Hogsback, from there you can head skier's right to the Tye Mill chair, a triple.  Tye Mill has some interesting, fairly short runs.  From the top of the chair you can head to the Mill Valley area (the "backside").   This is great skiing.  There's only a handful of marked trails, with one or two steep aspects; most of the backside is unmarked, ungroomed terrain with lots of variation in the terrain.  It's south facing, so when the sun is out it's glorious, although can get a little slushy a the bottom.  From the bottom there are two lifts; Jupiter takes you right back to where you got off the Tye Mill chair and can access either the Tye Mill runs and/or return to the base, or head back down the back side.  The other backside chair is Southern Cross, a triple that is actually the same lift as the Double Diamond chair on the front side.   The top of Double Diamond/Southern Cross is where back country/side country skiers go.  For the rest of us, the back side is usually uncrowded, lots of tree skiing, a few steep bowls, along with wide intermediate groomers.


The Double Diamond runs on the front side are steep.  The first time I went down Wild Katz, a long, steep, narrow run interspersed with trees, was the only time in recent years I had to side slip down a slope for any significant distance.  It was crusty, hard to grip an edge and I was, needless to say, not having fun.  But the run is beautiful, with decent snow it is a seriously fun and underutilized thrill.


For intermediate skiiers, there are groomers all over the mountrain with a lot of rolling terrain.  Beginners pretty much have the Daisy chair.  I'm not a park and pipe skier (yet) so can't comment on on the terrain park (half-pipe included) but it is popular, so must have its merits.


All in all, a good day area, not a destination resort.  Crystal Mt is a better mountain. Mt Baker has more snow.  Mission Ridge has better snow. 



Pros: Good terrain, good snow

Cons: Crowded on weekends

Lots of nice tree skiing, steeps and bowls for the experts. Decent groomers, good beginner terrain. Good park. No on slope lodging, nearest is Leavenworth.


Pros: Varied terrain, backcountry access

Cons: Crowds and crowd control, Harbor Resorts

I've skied Stevens every season since I started walking, and it's only gotten better for me every year. This season they upgraded to RFID(Radio Frequency IDentification), and this caused some headaches. Also, Harbor Resorts management makes bad decisions occasionally, such as letting employees go during slow times. This season, these decisions led to no crowd control at the high-speed quads, making the normal crowds even more hindersome. Besides this, Stevens has always provided me with a ton of varied terrain, from bunny hills to double blacks. It's quite easy to ski an entire day without too much interference from beginners. Backcountry access is also quite good, although not as good as Mt. Baker. If you go up to Stevens enough, skip buying individual lift tickets and get a seasons pass or advantage card. Overall, it's my favorite resort so far, as it offers everything for every skier.