Posaune, I was hoping you might see my posting, I thought you might have the answer. I was riding the chair last week with a gentleman in his 60's who claimed he had been skiing Stevens "for decades", he told me there was no rope tow.
Curious how time changes things. I remember skiing 7th in the late 60's / early 70's (I was a teenager) and thinking 7th was very steep (Nancy and Bobby's run..), these days it seems relatively sedate.
I seem to recall the rope tow was a bit of a "challenge". No doubt wrestling a tobaggen was a huge challenge, thank you for your time with the Ski Patrol.
Sorry I missed you. I was up on Tuesday, not bad conditions (given the winter of 2011) and I was impressed with the changes since 1985.
Though Disneyland North is my "home" mountian, this spring I am on a pilgrimage to rediscover mountains such as Stevens, Alpental, Crystal, Hyak, White Pass and Mission.
As a sidenote, in the late 60's / early 70's my older brother and I used to figure 1'15" drive from Edmonds to Stevens, last week I was surprised that I spent 1'44" on the same drive...then again there has been so much growth in that area...so much for "progress". Of course we also figured on less than $10 for a lift ticket in those days also!
Thanks again for your input!