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Stevens Pass Ski Area to open Tuesday; first in state

Stevens Pass Ski Area measured 24 inches of snow in 24 hours, enough to be the first ski resort in Washington to open -- Nov. 20 -- for the 2012-2013 season. (Courtesy)
Stevens Pass Ski Area measured 24 inches of snow in 24 hours, enough to be the first ski resort in Washington to open -- Nov. 20 -- for the 2012-2013 season. (Courtesy)

WINTER SPORTS — Stevens Pass ski area is celebrating its 75th Anniversary by being the first to open in Washington for the 2012/13 season.  With more than 24 inches of snow in the past 24 hours, resort officials say the lifts will open at noon on TUESDAY (Nov. 20)!

Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain resorts plan to open Wednesday.

Stevens Pass operating hours will be noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.  Tickets will be $20 for guests on opening day and free for visitors who show their season pass from any other Washington resort. 

Up to three lifts will be available accessing an assortment of beginner to intermediate terrain and the resort will start with a 28 to 31 inch base.  Terrain park staff is working hard as well and expects to have several terrain features in place by tomorrow with up to 10 features by Wednesday.  

Resort amenities will be limited but by Wednesday Stevens Pass expects to have lessons, rentals, retail, and expanded food & beverage facilities operating.  Tickets will then be offered at the discounted rate of $39 through the weekend. 




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