Skiers and snowboarders could line up at the new lifts at White Pass Ski Area right now, if snow covered the ground. The ski resort zipped through its summer lift installation, and the chairs are ready to turn for winter while other resorts across the West are still pouring concrete for towers.

White Pass is set to open for this winter with new terrain that doubles the size of the ski hill and is serviced by two new lifts, the Basin Quad and Couloir Express. The two new lifts, one fixed-grip quad and one detachable quad, open up 11 runs across 767 acres for skiing and riding. The basin also contains natural glades.

Prep work last year set up crews for flying through the installation this summer. The resort used its own crew for the construction aided by one person from Dopplmayr.

"The great news is that the lifts are done and load tested and ready to go," spokesperson Kathleen Goyette updated "The lifts are what counts, and everything else falls into place."

The noise from hammers and saws also filled the basin this summer with construction of the new Mid-Mountain Lodge. The lodge, located between the two new lifts, will permit skiers and riders to stay in the basin without returning to the base area for lunch. Crews are hoping early snows do not impede construction. "Work on the lodge is progressing," said Goyette, "but completion depends on Mother Nature."

Season passes for the resort are on sale through Oct. 31. Passes cost $499 for adults ages 13-73 and $269 for juniors ages 7-12. Rates increase by 30 percent after the sale.

More information. Or call 509-672-3101.