Intermediate's 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, 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

Intermediate/Advanced Skiers and Riders

Just need lift tickets? To save money, time, and ensure your access to the lifts, we strongly encourage purchasing your tickets online more than 24 hours in advance. Vail Resorts is limiting lift ticket sales throughout the 2022/23 season to prioritize the mountain experience for our guests. If a specific day sells out online, lift tickets will not be sold at the resort ticket window unless purchased with a Pass Holder benefit ticket (Buddy tickets or Ski With A Friend tickets) or through Ski and Snowboard School. 

If you are looking for equipment and/or instruction, Rental Equipment and Demo Packages can be found inside the Rental Tech Center in the Tye Creek Lodge (The western lodge or the one closest to Seattle). This is also a one-stop shop for lift tickets and lessons. For experienced skiers and riders we offer a range of a la carte rental options, lesson packages and, of course, private lessons. To browse our lesson programs check out our Search & Book page. We do always recommend making reservations for lessons and rentals. There is a 48-hour minimum booking window when buying online.

Need to tune up your gear or get it set for the season? Check out our Equipment Care and Repair shop and let the experts take care of you.

If you would like more detailed information or advice on which option is best for you give us a call 206.812.4510 or email us

Interested in taking a ski or snowboard lesson? Please book online or call us at 206.812.7387


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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