Family Guide to Stevens Pass

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.

Retail Shops at Stevens Pass

Visit Fall Line Sports, located 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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Tip for Kids

  • We understand that kids come with their own checklist of things for you remember! Here’s a list of helpful tips to make their day (and yours) go as smoothly as possible:
  • Don’t skip breakfast. It can be hard when you’re leaving early, but skiing and riding requires a lot of energy and a hearty breakfast can really make the difference
  • Be prepared for the car ride. Think fluids, snacks and entertainment for the way up… Hopefully they’ll be asleep on the way down!
  • Prep them first. Especially if they are new to all this. Talk about snow and what to expect or show them videos. If you are planning on them taking a lesson, get them excited about sharing that experience with other children to make that drop-off moment easier on everyone
  • Pack a change of clothes

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.

Tip for Kids

Step 3: What to do when you get here

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 Search & Book page.

Make Ski & Snowboard 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 holiday, (Peak Days), we advise reserving a week in advance. Our Teen and Adult Beginner Group Lessons start on snow at 10am and 1pm daily, 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 peak crowds.

Reservations must be made online or by calling 206.812.7387 at least 48 hours prior to your visit. Our cancellation policy allows folks to book ahead with confidence. Those with a reservation will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information specific to their booking.


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.

Tip for Kids

For kids 3-12 years, our Youth Programs facility is our dedicated learning center and offers lesson packages (Lift Ticket + Rental Equipment + Lesson + Helmet Rental) for all ability levels. The facility is located in the Ski and Snowboard School Building, on the south side of the Base Area, at the foot of the mountain. Reservations are strongly recommended. If you are planning a trip on a weekend or during a holiday we advise reserving a week in advance as space in our programs fills up frequently.

Private Lessons are a great option to keep kids or family members together in their own group, or if they span different age ranges that would be separated by our standard group lesson structure.

Sledding is not permitted at the Alpine resort, but is allowed at the Stevens Pass Nordic Center. For little ones who are not going to ski or snowboard, Stevens Pass does not currently have any designated indoor or outdoor space for general play and we do not offer a daycare service. However, during mid-week, non-holiday periods, there is more room to roam around.