FAQs

Q: Is there a shuttle from the alpine area to the Nordic Center?
Q: Is sledding allowed at the Nordic Center?
Q: Should I rent or buy equipment when I'm just starting out?
Q: What sizes of boots do you rent?
Q: Can snowshoers walk on ski trails?
Q: Can I take my kids cross country skiing?
Q: What should I wear to cross country ski?
Q: What can I expect during a lesson?
Q: Why are your trail distances in metric?
Q: Are dogs allowed at the Nordic Center?
Q: Is Skijoring allowed at Stevens Pass?
Q: Are there restrooms at the Nordic Center?

Q: Is there a shuttle from the alpine area to the Nordic Center?
Answer: Yes, when the Nordic Center is open for operations. See the parking attendant in the lots or go directly to the parking building to arrange transportation.
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Q: Is sledding allowed at the Nordic Center?
Answer: Currently Stevens Pass does not offer tubing/sledding. To ensure safety, sledding and sledding devices are not allowed anywhere at any time within the Stevens permit area boundary, which includes our Nordic Center, five miles east of the Alpine area. You might try calling the Leavenworth Chamber (45 mins East of Stevens Pass), or Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Ski Hill (for more information on their offerings, please visit their website here: http://www.skileavenworth.com/).
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Q: Should I rent or buy equipment when I'm just starting out?
Answer: It's smart to rent equipment when you're starting out to ensure you like the sport (you will!) before you invest in equipment. By renting gear you'll also be able to see what kind of skis and boots you like with our large selection of skis and boots.
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Q: What sizes of boots do you rent?
Answer: We rent all sorts of sizes of boots, ranging from a child's 9.5 through youth 9, women's 5 through 11.5 and men's 4 through 15.5 (European size 26-50).
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Q: Can snowshoers walk on ski trails?
Answer: For the best experience for both skiers and snowshoers, we insist that skiers and snowshoers stay on their own respective trails. No snowshoeing on any ski trails is allowed due to the damage it causes the ski surface and tracks. Likewise no skiers are allowed on snowshoe trails due to the lack of control one would have over their skis on snowshoe trails.
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Q: Can I take my kids cross country skiing?
Answer: Yes! Kids generally learn really quickly - we always advise taking a lesson or hiring an insructor to ski with your whole family. We provide lessons for youth who are age 5 or older, and we also have rental equipment for youth.
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Q: What should I wear to cross country ski?
Answer: Dress in light layers so you can take them off as you get warmer or put them on as you get cooler. A hat is a great way of controlling temperature; you will also need gloves or mittens; it’s not a good idea to ski bare-handed.

Clothing for cross country skiing is versatile. You can use tights and windbreakers made for skiing, bicycling, or jogging. Conventional cold weather clothing like bulky parkas isn't suited to cross country skiing as it constricts movement and generates excessive body heat.

Wearing several light articles of clothing - for instance, polypropylene or similar underlayers, synthetic fleece overpants and windpants paired with a wool or fleece zip sweater and a wind-resistant jacket - allows you to trap warm air in pockets of space. Synthetics and wool blends are the best because they allow moisture to evaporate, making you more comfortable. You should avoid wearing cotton, such as jeans, because cotton absorbs and holds moisture and accelerates cooling.

Socks are perhaps the most important clothing item - try wearing thin polypropylene underlayers under a pair of wool or wool-blend socks. If your toes are susceptible to cold, resist the temptation to put on too many socks - you'll only restrict circulation, making your feet colder. Our rental boots have a lot of insulation in them for your additional warmth and comfort.

Gloves are best for precise ski pole control and dexterity in getting in and out of your skis. Mittens are best if you're prone to cold hands, since they allow fingers to share body heat. In warmer conditions, use lighter gloves. We find most people need a lighter glove than what they imagine, often getting cold hands from sweat-soaked heavy gloves like those commonly used in alpine skiing and snowboarding.
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Q: What can I expect during a lesson?
Answer: The instructor will explain the equipment to you (including how to get it on and take it off), and demonstrate how to move and balance on skis, how to hold your poles, how to negotiate different types of terrain (flat, uphill, downhill), how to get up if you fall, and more. They’ll also be able to look at what you’re doing and give you personalized tips and coaching.
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Q: Why are your trail distances in metric?
Answer: All developed Nordic centers in North America and Europe have adopted the metric system for convenience. If you ski one area and travel to another, this familiar and consistent measurement system will allow you to judge your time and desire to ski a trail more easily. For conversion, one kilometer (1km) is equal to 0.6 miles.
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Q: Are dogs allowed at the Nordic Center?
Answer: No
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Q: Is Skijoring allowed at Stevens Pass?
Answer: Skijoring, cross country skiing with a dogsled combo, is currently not allowed at the Stevens Pass Nordic Center.
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Q: Are there restrooms at the Nordic Center?
Answer: Yes, restrooms are located at the Cascade Depot as well as next to the Southern Cross chair lift 7.5km from the Cascade Depot. We also have restrooms next to the Train Robbers Hideaway on the Guthrie Loop trail across from the biathlon range.
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