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Trip Report: White Pass

post #1 of 9
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Went to White Pass for the first time in my life on Thursday. Snow was PNW-great, visibility was interesting and variable, with a freezing fog making Couloir Basin kind of useless and about a 60-second sun break in the early afternoon. I didn't take many photos, but among them were these...

 

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Chair 4

 

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Mach V to the right, Chair straight ahead.

 

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Hourglass, I think.

 

  • Mach V was probably my favorite run of the day.
  • Locals were very nice, lifties were politely ambivalent.
  • Arrived a little after 9 and the ticket line was a half-hour long.
  • The day lodge at the base was way too small, but their chili was excellent.
  • The best visibility was on the two middle lifts, which is probably not the optimal place for the best visibility.
  • Fresh snow available on or near every run until some time in the afternoon.
  • There are some HARDCORE 6-year-olds that ski this place. Absolutely fearless.
  • Impressed by how many people apparently own cabins in Packwood.

 

Really enjoyable day, though. I was envious of the folks from Yakima for whom this is a convenient drive (I'm staying at my parents' house in NE Tacoma, from where it took 2:40 to get there). Would like to get back some time when conditions were better on Couloir, which looked like it had a lot of potential.

 

Excelsior,

 

o

post #2 of 9

Thanks for the TR.  I've skied WA all my life, yet have never skied White Pass.  I will remedy that soon.

post #3 of 9
Thanks for the info. My buddies are always trying to drag me down there but at 2:40 minutes it's 1:20 minutes quicker for me to get to Xtal. I will make the trek someday. Last time I skied it was in the late 80's.
post #4 of 9

 skied white pass way back in about 1969 as a youngster, and that riblet looks like the one I was riding then :-), White pass was alwyas a hard core hill, needless to say a few great skiers came out of there. The chairs addition must be great, I remember a model in the lodge of the goat rocks chair addition, roughly what they have now but took what, 30-40 years to get it? but... since they do have the new stuff I need to give them a visit, been over twenty years since there last.

post #5 of 9
I miss that place, so many great memories. In the late 90's us kids had bumper stickers made that said " white pass kicks a$$". Haven't skied there since then.
post #6 of 9

I was there that day!smile.gif  White Pass is a great family ski area; mostly blue runs, a few BD, and one or two BBD, and some greens.  But really nice the magic carpet, platter, and Far East triple all geared to the beginning and advancing youngster and adult.  On a day with some visibility, Couloir offers some really nice off-piste skiing and Basin offers some great tree skiing.

post #7 of 9
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Arrived a little after 9 and the ticket line was a half-hour long.

Wow! Chalk that up to Xmas break. I went to WP last year for the first time; I went on a weekday to use my Warren Miller free lift ticket coupon, and it was the emptiest ski area I've ever seen in my life. It was almost spooky. I have another free ticket this year from the Warren Miller movie so I'm looking forward to doing that again.

 

 

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White Pass is a great family ski area; mostly blue runs, a few BD, and one or two BBD, and some greens. But really nice the magic carpet, platter, and Far East triple all geared to the beginning and advancing youngster and adult. 

 

+1. The Paradise Basin area is a lower intermediate paradise.

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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post

Wow! Chalk that up to Xmas break.

 

No doubt. Although I should probably also mention that, despite the crowds in the ticket line and base lodge, the slopes were uncrowded and I never waited over a minute for a chair (after the first one). There was usually kind of a bottle neck at the Cascade Cliff/Cat Track area, but otherwise on-piste breathing space was plentiful.

 

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Edited by outlier - 1/1/13 at 10:52pm
post #9 of 9

Thanks for posting. White is a great place. You can potentially ski untouched all day in paradise basin if you know where to go (stay between the trees and off the main runs). It is a good idea to have one of the locals show you around - it could add a lot to the experience. 

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