Stevens Pass

Backcountry.com

Gorgeous snow heavy trees on a Stevens Pass ridge line

Photo credits: Misty Braden

Snow  

We were so lucky to hit Stevens Pass during the third snowiest February on record.  Ten feet in ten days made the resort even more magical then normal!  But this resort is awesome even without record pow!  Blessed with an average of 450 inches annually,  an average base of 105 inches, and a vertical drop of 1800 feet, Stevens Pass is the perfect resort for Snow Bunnies of every ability.

Terrain

35% Advanced Terrain

Stevens Pass is a powder powerhouse in the land of big mountain resorts.  We bounced around all over this resort and found no shortage of hucks, trees, and steep lines.  It’s good to be a bunny!

A few of our favorite runs & areas included:

Double Diamond: Steep, fun, and long… your legs will burn but its worth every turn!

Polaris Bowl & Andromeda Face: This run requires a little traversing but was a ton of fun with soft pillowy powder up top and some pretty steep terrain  below… its AWESOME).

Tye Bowl: One of our favorite spots was the Tye Bowl.   Laps on this were a blast but also lead to a little extra excitement when we found ourselves on some cliffy areas we were not expecting.  However, we had a blast riding throughout this area with all types of terrain to choose from such as  fun rocky chair line runs, to thick and dense trees and open bowl areas.  It’s a great spot but pay attention to where you are going so you don’t end up over your head.

54% Intermediate Terrain

This is an amazing mountain for an intermediate rider.  There is an abundance of terrain to choose from as well as plenty of surrounding terrain to step it up a notch, or just chill out on easier runs.

Gemini: Located in Mill Valley and one of the few blue runs in the area, this run offers new views to the intermediate rider and a fun cruisy run.

Waybacks:  Also in Mill Creek the Waybacks are way fun because it was run after run after run of thick trees and fresh turns.  It’s a great place to roam the snow dense trees and find endless powder turns if you are intermediate rider in search of more exciting terrain.

Skid Row: Beautiful views and nice steady terrain make this a great intermediate run.  Accessed from Tye Mill this makes a great morning “stretch your legs” warm up or a great run for skiers and boarders looking for a  long carvy run.

11% Beginner Terrain

There is no reason to be intimidated when visiting Stevens Pass, a beginner rider has a ton of options for fun, safe, and easy terrain to perfect and connect those turns.

Easy Street & Promenade:  The Daisy Chair located in front of the main lodge area will take you to these mellow runs.  Both runs are perfect spots to get down the basics of skiing, or snowboarding.

Backcountry Access

With highly unstable snow conditions due to the 10 feet in 10 days that Stevens Pass received during our visit, as well as unfamiliarity with the terrain, we chose not to leave the gates.  During our second day of the trip the entire backside of the mountain was closed for the day in an attempt to do avalanche control via dropping bombs from helicopters.  Pretty cool!  However the snow continued to fall and so it was not until our final day that the backside was bombed.  The attached video shows the amazing power and force of a Stevens Pass avalanche.  When it came to staying in bounds, we chose wisely.

Stevens Pass Avalanche Video

Stevens Pass ski area boundary

Although the mountains conditions were not ideal for backcountry during our visit we really look forward to getting back soon and riding the amazing back and side country of Stevens Pass.

Terrain Park

The Stevens Pass Terrain Park was buried under deep snow during our visit.  Boasting three separate  parks Stevens has a well reputed park scene and some really cool features.  During our final day we were able to hit some of the dug out features but in reality this was a pow riding trip, and we were just fine with that.

For more information about our experience on the mountain visit: Brittany’s On Snow Review

record snowfall at Stevens Pass made for some frosty mountains.

Stevens Pass Resort

Lodge

We LOVED the lodge!  The bartenders were friendly and the beer was fantastic.   A couple of our favorites were the Icicle Lager by Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth (we should have visited), and if you like dark beers, Irish Death by Iron Horse Brewery, but there was no shortage of handles to choose from.  The food was tasty, the environment was friendly, and the roaring fireplace was really cozy when returning from the cold.  The only downer was that unlike other lodge bars its not open seating, so unless you score a spot at the bar be prepared to have to put your name down and wait a few minutes.

Ski Town

Steven’s Pass resort is about a 45 minute drive from the town of Leavenworth, where we hunkered down for our adventure.  The Icicle Inn Resort sits on the edge of town, at the foot of the mountains, and was a cozy spot to rest our power weary legs at the end of the day.  With a full bar, restaurant, movie theatre and an amazing breakfast each morning it was plenty cozy to stay in the room, crank the fireplace, and watch movies.

Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, WA

Icicle Village Resort

The town of Leavenworth is is a Bavarian themed town nestled in the mountains.  Lights twinkle in the trees, the restaurants smell of amazing foods,  and the architectures takes you far away from your daily norms.  The experience  of Levaevnworth added so much to the feeling of a ski/snowboard vacation, giving a feeling of being far and away on a bavarian getaway.  You can learn more about the Snow Bunny town experience by visiting Tanya’s Leavenworth Review.

Leavenworth, WA

2 Bunny Ears Up

Stevens Pass and the town of Leavenworth makes a great trip for the hardcore skier or boarder or the beginner.  With plenty to do both in town or on the slopes, it really is THE PERFECT ski or snowboard getaway.   The charm of the town, the stellar conditions, and the overall friendliness of the locals made this a trip that we will forever remember!  

Extras

Don’t forget to download the FREE Stevens Pass app (available for Apple and Android products), before you visit for trail maps, conditions, lift status and so much more!

Thank you to Stevens Pass, The Icicle Village Resort and the Town of Leavenworth!  What an amazing place!

Be Sociable, Share!
About Misty Broesicke

Our Chief Executive Bunny, Misty Broesicke grew up in Orange County, California and made her way to Idaho at 27 years old.  At twenty-nine she learned to snowboard and it quickly developed into a love and passion.  
With a background in rock climbing Misty has combined her passion for both sports as she develops her skills in backcountry snowboarding and mountaineering.   

She has three children,  two “fur” babies and resides with them, and her boyfriend in Boise, Idaho. She is passionate about raising her family to love and take care of the amazing planet we live on while at the same time enjoying the beauty of it by getting outside as often as possible.  

Misty started Snow Bunny Magazine as way to further her own love of outdoor lifestyle sports, while at the same time building up other women and youth through them. 

She is surrounded by an amazing team of women, and that she believes is her greatest strength.

Speak Your Mind

*