Northeast of Seattle near Skykomish on the crest of the Cascade Mountains, the Stevens Pass ski area has 38 runs spread across 1,125 acres that are served by 10 lifts with a maximum vertical descent 1,800 feet. Stevens Pass is known for intermediate cruiser runs.
Stevens is a snowboarders paradise this plenty of drops, bumps, trees, freshies, bowls and chutes through forests of Pacific Silver Fir, Mountain Hemlock, and Subalpine Fir. For challenge, start with Hollywood Bowl. Then, check out Cowboy Ridge or in the glades along Double Diamond or Wing It Trees for fresh powder shredding. On big pow days, check out Corona Bowl, Polaris Bowl and Andromeda Face. Many locals consider the stash to be Tunnel Creek which has a 3,500 foot northwest facing line. Start by taking Seventh Heaven chair up. It is just a short boot pack to the boundary line, and the run drops the back side of Cowboy Mountain down to SR2 (hitch-hike back).
If you're into dropping-in, the Stevens Pass Resort has three terrain parks. Check out the Bent Monkey Terrain Park with 31 features and the Superpipe (only one in Washington).
Tip: Make sure to avoid Stevens Pass ski area on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to hords of kids. If you are planning to stay the night nearby, the best bet is in the town of Leavenworth. For some apres ski action in Leavenworth, head on over to The Foggy Goggle, and then try either Uncle Ulis Pub or Gustavs.
To reach Stevens Pass snowboarding from Seattle, head north on US405. Turn east on SR522. In Monroe, turn east on SR2 to Stevens Pass.
Overall, Stevens Pass Resort is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Washington.
Local Contacts: Stevens Pass Ski Area (206) 812-4510; Washington Tourism (800) 544-1800; Snowboard Connection (206) 467-8545; Avalanche Report (206) 526-6677.
Best Season: Dec. - Apr.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Valley Cottage Motel, Leavenworth (509) 548-5731; Icicle Inn, Leavenworth
Luxury Loding: Mountain Home Lodge, Leavenworth (800) 414-2378
Breakfast Restaurant: Dutch Cup, Sultan; Sultan Bakery
Reference Source: click here http://www.stevenspass.com/
GPS: 47.748, -121.087
Date Published: 1/3/2016
Date Updated: 8/9/2016
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