Stevens Pass cares about our relationship with the community, especially since the vast majority of our staff live off-mountain in the surrounding towns. We support a wide range of non-profit and educational causes that seek to expose people to the alpine environment and its conservation.
Nature Education – Inside the ski school building, a very popular natural history mural helps us explain the ecology of our alpine setting to many of our younger skiers.
Nordic Center Adopt-a-Highway – For over a decade, Stevens Pass Nordic Center has adopted its own section of U.S. Hwy 2, keeping it clean of litter using volunteer work days; much of the litter is recycled (aluminum cans and plastic bottles).
Summer Parking Cleanups – Every Thursday, all summer long, all staff spend two hours collecting litter and recycling from the slopes, and especially the parking lots, in order to restore the beauty and health of our mountain environment.
National Forest Foundation – We partner with this non-profit foundation to operate annual volunteer slope clean-up days. We also offer all guests an option to donate $2 to the Ski Conservation Fund, which NFF matches at 50% and applies towards conservation projects on the federal lands where we operate. Learn more on our "How You Can Help" page.
Environmental Education Programs – Stevens Pass helps support day-long winter environmental education programs for youth groups, conducted on-site by the U.S. Forest Service. Part of the trip includes a rescue demonstration by a Stevens Pass Pro Patrol avalanche dog handler, who will also explain the safety hazards of the winter mountain environment. These midweek-only trips are ideal for schools, outdoor clubs, or other extra-curricular groups during school breaks. Call Skykomish Ranger District for more information at 360-677-2414.
Snowshoe Trek with a Ranger – Learn about Stevens Pass winter ecology and the outdoors from a U.S. Forest Service interpretive ranger, offered weekends only, on-mountain January through February each winter. Sign up directly with the Skykomish Ranger District.
“Sustainable Slopes” Environmental Charter for Ski Areas – The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), together with its member ski areas and partnering organizations, has created an environmental charter: a set of voluntary environmental principles to aid in ski area planning, operations and outreach. The Charter affirms the commitment ski areas have in improving environmental performance in all aspects of operations and managing their specific resorts, making possible their continued enjoyment by future generations. Pacific Northwest ski areas have provided recreation to millions of guests each year on a very small portion of public land; this very efficient and closely managed utilization of resources limits total impact on mountain ecosystems.
Sustainability Locally / Earth Day – Leavenworth, WA is our nearest large town and serves as the eastside gateway to Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and the Central Cascade Mountains. Local community members and business owners have launched a citizens’ process to discuss how to harness sustainability as a tool for community and business development in Leavenworth, and also how to promote the significant low-impact recreation potential the region. Stevens Pass is proud to be a member of this initiative, attending committee meetings and sponsoring the popular annual Earth Day Fair since it began in 2009.
Outdoor Recreation for Disabled Populations – Since 2004, we have partnered with Outdoors for All, a Seattle-based non-profit providing year round instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. Participants enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and alpine skiing at Stevens Pass facilities at reduced rates, often as part of multi-week camps, and we are proud to support this work.
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club – In February 2012, Stevens Pass and entire ski community suffered a tremendous loss when a huge avalanche just outside our boundary swept away three highly influential local skiers, including our very own Marketing Director Chris Rudolph. Although numerous commemorative events have occurred in the time since then, the community settled on a permanent memorial at the local ski hill, where most kids first try out the sport and learn to love the outdoors. Stevens Pass has donated approx $40,000 so far to the project (Leavenworth Ski Hill Heritage Foundation), which will help fund a more functional and sustainable facility where young skiers will learn how to enjoy winter and also get involved in protecting its future.
Tulalip Tribe Interpretive Exhibit – In autumn 2012, we completed a large outdoor interpretive installation located in our entry plaza explaining the history of Native American presence and their sustainable practices, long before the ski area arrived 75 years ago. In an agreement with the Tulalip Tribes, the panels were installed at our cost of $20,000; they document a simpler, seasonally-driven lifestyle, and advocate for continued efforts to properly steward the mountain landscape as partners.
We are also partnered with the Service Board, a non-profit group based in Seattle that uses mentors, community service and snowboarding to change the lives of disadvantaged youth in the metro area. Stevens Pass provides all participants in the program free rentals and free lift tickets.
We support other progressive community efforts such as the SHARE Community Land Trust which helps provide affordable housing for low-income residents around Leavenworth, WA. Stevens Pass has committed $10,000 over 5 years.
Frequently throughout the year we also provide support to a number of non-profit organizations in the form of donated lift tickets for fundraiser events; recipients include groups such as the Friends of the NW Avalanche Center, the Environmental Education Association of Washington, The Homewaters Project, etc.