Step 1: Planning Your Trip

There are many things to plan and consider when going skiing or snowboarding. What to wear, what to bring, where to stay, what’s available at the mountain. This part of the guide provides information for first timers on how to dress for success, plan for the weather and find lodging around Stevens Pass for a weekend getaway.

When’s the best time to visit?

We are busiest December through February. If it is an option, we always recommend coming up during the week to take advantage of the quieter slopes. If you are coming up on a weekend or holiday day, Sundays are typically quieter than Saturdays. Plan to arrive at the resort early (prior to 9am) or later in the day (from 2pm onward) to help you avoid the crowds.

Checking the Weather

The most unpredictable part of your trip! Check out our resort webcams for real time mountain images and the weather forecast prior to your trip. Weather can change quickly, so be prepared. You can always keep extra layers in a locker or your car just in case.

What to Wear

PNW weather can range from warm and rainy, to snow storms, and sunshine days. What you wear can make or break your day, and having the right gear is essential. The best way to stay comfortable is to think warm and waterproof and dress in layers so you can add or remove them if the weather changes.

Base Layers

What you wear next to your skin. We suggest synthetic or wool materials rather than cotton, and to wear one pair of wool or sport specific socks that come up to at least mid-shin.


A mid-layer, such as a fleece, wool sweater or light puffy jacket, is great if your outer layer doesn’t offer much insulation, or for really cold days. You can always take layers off, but you can’t add layers you don’t have!


Your jacket and pants. The most important thing is to find waterproof and windproof options. While there are snow specific outwear, rain jackets and pants can work great with layers under.


Waterproof mittens and gloves are essential for keeping your hands warm and dry.

Eye protection is very important in the mountains due to the harmful glare of the sun off the snow. Goggles offer the most warmth and versatility for all conditions and are always our recommended option.

We always recommend wearing a helmet, which can be rented in our Rental Tech Center or purchased in one of our Retail Stores. They are warm, waterproof and provide protection.

Retail Shops at Stevens Pass

Visit Fall Line Sports, in the first floor of the Pacific Crest Lodge, to get outfitted with everything you need at prices comparable to off-mountain retailers.

Lodging at Stevens Pass

We work with over 40 lodging partners in the historic Skykomish Valley, Bavarian town of Leavenworth, and Snohomish County. With cabins of all sizes, quaint B&Bs, and hotels for any budget, there is something for everyone.

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Step 2: Directions & Parking

Stevens Pass is conveniently located just 78 miles from Seattle and 65 miles from Everett at the crest of the Cascade Mountains on beautiful Highway 2. Drive with your friends or family or check out our many transportation options. For more detailed instructions on how to get here, visit our getting here page. 

Road Conditions

Stay up to date with current road conditions and driving restrictions by checking the Washington State Dept Of Transportation (WSDOT) website for Stevens Pass Hwy 2.

Driving Safety & Tips

During the winter, we can come into contact with some difficult driving conditions. Here are some tips to be prepared for winter driving.

We strongly recommend that vehicles driving up to Stevens Pass are outfitted with Snow/Winter tires, or at least All Season tires. We also encourage all drivers to carry tire chains. Conditions can change quickly and chains are often required during storms.

The WSDOT hosts information about winter driving that can be found here.


Stevens Pass has more than 2,800 parking spaces in our system of nine lots at the base of the mountain, including our satellite parking facilities: Yodelin and the Stevens Pass Nordic Center. Parking in our lots is free and first come first serve. We strongly encourage carpooling, especially on weekends and Holidays.

Lot A hosts a designated pick-up/drop-off zone. This is for quick stops only, no vehicles can be left unattended in this space. 

For real time parking updates, follow @stevensupdates from your Twitter account.

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Step 3: What to do when you get here

Beginner Skiers & Snowboarders Ages 13+

Everything you need is available in the Rental Tech Center. This is located in the Tye Creek Lodge (the western most lodge closest to Seattle) and here you will find the three key things you need for a day on the slopes:

  • A Lift Ticket
  • Ski/Snowboard Equipment
  • Coaching or Guidance

A Lift Ticket gives you access to recreate on the mountain and is required, even if you don’t ride a chair lift. We do offer a learning area only ticket at a significant discount that gives you access to the whole beginner area including the conveyor lifts and beginner chairlift.

Rental Equipment includes boots and a board (snowboarding) or boots, skis and poles (skiing). Helmets are recommended but are an optional extra. We offer a large fleet of rental equipment and can assist with any issues you might have. Gear Check (like coat check, for equipment) is complimentary when you rent from us directly.

We offer all kinds of lesson options from trained, professional coaches. Receiving coaching from a friend or family member isn’t recommended, as even expert skiers and riders likely haven’t been trained to teach. Even our instructors will have another instructor teach their loved ones to allow everyone to get the most out of their day and avoid straining relationships!

Daily Lesson Deals

We offer daily lessons for all ability levels for ages 3 and up. You can purchase the lesson only, or a package which includes rental equipment and a lift ticket at a discount. If you are new to the sport, the package is the way to go. Pricing for packages varies based on the day you are visiting. The most affordable options exist on Off-Peak days when the resort is less busy, or in the evenings for ages 13+. To explore all our lesson programs check out our Search & Book page. 

Making Ski & Snowboard School Reservations

Reservations are highly recommended to guarantee a spot and expedite the check-in process. If you are planning a trip on a weekend or during a holidays, we advise reserving as much as a week in advance to ensure you get a spot. Our Teen and Adult Beginner Group Lessons start on snow at 10am and 1pm, with additional and more affordable evening lesson times of 4pm and 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and select holiday dates. Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 1pm are the most popular times. We suggest considering the alternative start times or coming mid-week to avoid the weekend crowds.

Those with a reservation will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information specific to their booking. Reservations must be made online or by calling 206.812.7387 at least 24 hours prior to your visit and our cancellation policy allows folks to book ahead with confidence.


Skiing and riding consumes a lot of energy! We have nine restaurants and food outlets on mountain, ranging from snacks and espresso to fire-side dining and full-service bars.

We offer designated areas for brown bag lunches in all three of our main lodges. Each of the lodges are also equipped with restrooms, lockers, retail locations and TVs.


Advances in ski and snowboard equipment and instruction have made skiing and snowboarding significantly safer sports to learn and participate in. It is however, important to understand some of the basics and your responsibilities as a skier or snowboarder.

Be sure to review the Mountain Safety information prior to your visit.

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