Chinook Pass is about a 40 minute drive from my house in Enumclaw, WA. It goes over the cascade mtns. and dumps out in the Yakima, WA area where my parents live. Its an awesome plase to do spring/summer snowboarding through early August.
They usually close the pass from Nov-May due to severe snow. Its just over 5,400' and in the 50s a ski area with tows was being developed and they used to run the lifts through July until the forest service kicked them out in the 60s.
For more info. go to
Lost Ski Areas of WA.http://hyak.net/lost[ October 16, 2003, 07:15 PM: Message edited by: MrHyak ]