Washington’s White Pass Ski Area nearly doubled its acreage last year with the opening of Paradise Basin. This summer, the ski area put the finishing touches on the basin’s slopes.
Summer work crews performed slope maintenance on the new runs. Selective removal of trees trimmed out the lines on some of the runs, after skiing them for one winter revealed a few spots for more cutting.
Slope crews also cut a more obvious egress from the base of the Couloir Express back to the bottom of the ski area.
“It will get folks back to the base area a bit more efficiently,” Spokesperson Kathleen Goyette said.
Skiers and riders got to plunge down 11 new runs and natural glades across 767 acres last winter in Paradise Basin. This year, the trail map now names the new runs. You’ll find Rib Eye and Tree Hugger, for instance, off the Basin Quad and Snow Devil, Vertigo, and Northern Sky from the Couloir Express.
If you haven't skied Paradise Basin for yourself yet, you can check out pro skier Andy Mahre floating through the new terrain last year with his inaugural runs, courtesy of YouTube:
The new Mid-Mountain Lodge has a new name—High Camp Lodge. The lodge, which is located between the two new lifts, allowed skiers and riders to stay in the upper basin without returning to the base area for lunch.
Parking just got roomier, too, at White Pass. Three more acres of parking will offer skiers and riders more space on crowded weekends and holidays.
Three more acres of parking will ease weekend and holiday congestion. Photo by Peter Charbonnier/Flickr.