Stevens Pass, which straddles the Cascade Range some 78 miles east of downtown Seattle, is a great place to hang during the winter.

The three-sided resort covers 1,125 acres of prime forested real estate, with 1,800 vertical feet of cut runs, bowls, glades and faces. Ten lifts make sure you can back on to the snow as efficiently as possible. 

But if Stevens Pass statistics don't entice you to the mountain, try this: the resort's Advantage Card.

Pick one of these babies up for $89, and you'll receive a $15 discount on midweek lift tickets and $10 off on the weekends. That's a  good deal when you consider that the basic adult lift ticket price comes in around $59 .

Plus, you can skip the lift ticket line and head straight to the lifts if you back your Advantage Card with a credit card. 

Another benefit of the Advantage Card is that you receive discounts at other resorts and businesses around the northwest with Stevens Pass's Mountain Size Benefits program. 

You can renew your card year after year online because the Advantage Card is implanted with RFID technology.