Located on the crest of the Cascade Range, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is a snow magnet, averaging 460 inches of snowfall a year. The resort’s 80-mile proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport can have incoming travelers at the base of the mountain within two hours of touching down on the tarmac.
Stevens Pass provides a variety of dining options and shops, and there are many lodging options in historic Skykomish Valley and the Bavarian town of Leavenworth.
Stevens Pass ski resort is located 78 miles from Seattle (2 to 2.5 hours depending on traffic), 65 miles from Everett (1.5 hours), 58 miles from Wenatchee (1.25 hours) and 35 miles from Leavenworth (45 minutes). You can fly into Seattle, which is serviced by all major airlines, and then rent a car. It’s easily accessible from Highway 2, which is part of the beautiful Cascade Loop Scenic Byway.
There aren’t a lot of restaurants on the mountain so you might do best eating in Leavenworth before heading up the hill.
Stevens Pass gives skiers and riders access to 1,800 vertical feet across 1,125 acres of skiable terrain. The Washington ski area is home to 37 major runs, glades and a variety of bowls, plus 6 lifts that are lit for night skiing and riding several nights a week. There is a total of 10 chairlifts. Stevens Pass has 4 terrain parks, including Top Phlight, Tye Creek, Rail Garden and Daisy, with over 75 features.
The base elevation of the main base area is 4,061 feet while the Mill Valley area is 3,821 feet. Top elevation for Cowboy Mountain is 5,845 feet and 5,600 feet for Big Chief Mountain. The area receives on average 450 inches of snow, and there is snowmaking to bolster the snowfall. The breakout of the runs is beginner 11%, intermediate 54% and advanced 35%.
You can park for free in every lot, except the summit lot (Lot A) and Lot G. These are cash-only parking lots. If you have an RV, you can reserve a spot to stay at Stevens Pass overnight. There isn’t a lodge at the resort so it’s only a day resort, but there is night skiing until about 10:00 pm most nights.
The Mill Valley area has a lot of tree runs and is accessible from the Jupiter Express and Southern Cross chairlifts. The Stevens Pass Nordic Center has 28 kilometers of groomed, cross-country ski runs.