Ski Area Guide Part 2 – Stevens Pass (Washington, USA)
Oneskee Brand Ambassadors Joel & Portia are currently on a crazy winter roadtrip around 35+ ski resorts in Canada and the US! Along the way they are giving us the inside scoop & tips for us to share with you…first stop was Mt Baker, Washington…next up they are still in Washington, but this time exploring Stevens Pass.
Over to the guys…
Second stop took us to Steven’s Pass, with the easiest access to a resort
we’ve ever seen! It’s another resort not on our Max or Mountain Collective
Passes but a few locals at Baker said we should check it out, so why not?
Steven’s has a 3 main ski areas, Big Chief, Cowboy and Mill Valley with a total ski area of 1125 acres. They average 460 inches of snow and have a top elevation of 5600 feet with 10 chairlifts.
They have a fantastic slope and chair set up for beginners and children
near the base which has one main lodge area with more than enough food
and facilities to keep everyone happy.
Unfortunately no new snow so we headed off exploring the mountain and
what it had to offer. A lot of little hits and jumps if you’re the jibby kind. If
it’s a powder day check out ‘Big Chief Bowl’ then head straight over to
‘Mill Valley’, the backside of the the Big Chief.
If you don’t like moguls i would avoid ‘Rock Garden’ at the top of 7th
heaven chair where there’s boulders the size of Africa! However it could
be fun in powder. Park rats should avoid ‘Brooks’ chair as it’s slower than
a wet week! Instead take ‘Skyline Express’ then skier’s left down ‘Winnies
Chutes’ will take you to the park entrance. The park wasn’t fully complete
but had some medium kickers, epic rails and a few other features.
After a big morning on the groomers we made our way to the Granite
Peaks Lodge to have some well deserved lunch. Downstairs there is a nice
little cafe, while upstairs there’s the Cascadia Kitchen – a canteen style
eatery as well as the ‘Bull Tooth’ pub & eatery. Being vanlifers we opted
for our homemade sandwiches however the food looked amazing, Burgers
were $8-12 and beers $3.75-6. There’s plenty of places to eat including a
Deli, a Taco shop, Pizzeria and the Foggy Goggle bar and restaurant so
you’ll definitely never go hungry!
- Elevation – 5845ft (1782m)
- Vertical drop – 1800ft (550m)
- Skiable area – 1125 acres (4.5km2)
- Avg. snowfall – 450” (11m)
- Lifts – 10 chairs
- Runs – 37
- 11% beginner
- 54% intermediate
- 35% expert
Access & Accommodation:
Steven’s Pass is situated right on the number 2 highway so is easy to get to
and is only a bit over 1.5 hrs from Seattle. As for accomodation you would
have to stay in either Skykomish or Leavenworth, a short drive either side
of Steven’s. We highly recommend checking out Leavenworth, it’s a cool
little ‘Bavarian’ town that’ll have you drinking steins, eating bratwurst and
make you feel like you’re in Germany or Austria!
Prices & Dates:
The ski season typically runs from Mid/end of November and runs til mid
April with lifts spinning from 9am-4pm daily.
Early season Daily lift tickets are around $60 US for adults & $30 for
children. And increase to $79 then $89 in peak season.
Pro’s & Cons:
- Great for family and beginner’s
- Good terrain park
- Plenty of food options
- Night skiing
- No wifi (c’mon us vanlifers need wifi)
- $40 to park overnight is far too hexy considering the size of our van (we stealth camped in nearby towns)
- Easy to access so super busy on weekends
- No Après bar
Overall, we had a great time considering the early season snow conditions
and operations. Happy Shredding and stay tuned as we continue our road trip through 35+ ski resorts in North America
Joel & Portia – @oznpom_ontour
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