Stevens Pass celebrates 75 years with $1 MIL improvements

Orion Watson of Burien walks back up at the Stevens Pass ski area while skiing in snow 12 to 18 inches deep on Tuesday. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Orion Watson of Burien walks back up at the Stevens Pass ski area while skiing in snow 12 to 18 inches deep on Tuesday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WINTER SPORTS — Stevens Pass Ski Area, up U.S. 2 from Leavenworth, will be opening for the 75th season this winter after investing more than $1 Million in improvements. Among them:

Trail Brush Cutting & Glading– Normally overrun by brush, even the Corona Bowl, the Aquarius zone, and the area in between Wild Katz and Double Diamond runs have been cleared. 

Terrain Park Expansion– About 40 new, non-snow features are being set at the Terrain Park and two new satellite parks are being added, including features for lower level riders.

New Snowcats– Three new Pisten Bully 400 Park Cats were added to the fleet.

Flex Ticketing – Instead of traditional all-day or half-day afternoon tickets, skiers and snowboarders at Stevens Pass can enjoy 4 or 8-Hour Flex Tickets, which are good any time of the day and don’t begin until the guest takes the first run. Come and go as you please and get the full value of a ticket.

6 & Under Ski Free – This season, families can bring their children, ages six and under, up to explore the mountain free of charge.  Guests should purchase or renew their child’s pass online to ensure season long direct-to-lift access. 

Mobile App – New this season, Stevens has partnered with veteran winter resort mobile app builder Resorts Tapped out of Jackson Hole, WY. Free for both iPhone and Android, this app lets users track all aspects of their day including vertical feet, distance traveled, top speed, and more.  Using the “check-in” feature, guests can locate themselves on the digital trail map and pinpoint their friends.  The app also produces a simulated playback at the end of the day so visitors can relive their routes and share them with family and friends.  Beyond tracking, the Stevens Pass app provides users easy access to weather conditions, webcams, trail updates, and social networks. 

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