Our Commitment To Safety

Stevens Pass is committed to promoting the safe use of our mountain. Please ski/snowboard in control and within the area boundary. Our Staff will remove riding privileges if, in their professional opinion, a person’s actions jeopardize their safety or the safety of others. Repeated or egregiously unsafe acts will lead the permanent removal of riding privileges.

Skiing/snowboarding involves risks, which may lead to serious injury or death. Watch out for man-made and natural obstacles, changing conditions, and other skiers/ snowboarders.

Trail designations:Patrol

Beginner safety designation           Easiest

Intermediate safety designation           More Difficult

Advanced safety designation          Most Difficult

Expert safety designation    Expert Only

Freestyle safety designation     Freestyle Terrain

 Stevens Pass trail difficulty is based on the degree of difficulty for our area. We recommend starting your day on the easiest trails and progressing up to your ability level to help avoid injuries.

We have: 

  • 11% easiest terrain,
  • 54% more difficult terrain
  • 35% advanced terrain.

Slow Zones

Slow zones are marked on the trail map. These areas are our beginner areas and congested areas. Please slow down through these areas. Please report violators to the Ski Patrol. Clothing descriptions are helpful. Violators will lose their ticket or pass.

Slow Sign

Closed Areas

An area may be closed for safety considerations or avalanche danger. Violating a closure will result in loss of ticket or pass on initial contact. Responsibility Code # 6. 

Skiing in an area or trail closed to the public—Penalty.
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person knowingly skis in an area or on a ski trail, owned or controlled by a ski area operator, that is closed to the public and that has signs posted indicating the closure.

                   Avalanche area do not enter sign

Out of Ski Area

The backcountry area outside of the Stevens Pass Ski Area boundaries is public land. However you must be aware of the potential for serious injury and costly rescue operations. There is no avalanche control or patrol beyond the area boundry. Rescue from these areas are not gauranteed and if available, may be slow and costly. There may be times when hiking routes in the Ski area boundaries are closed due to avalanche danger or other safety concerns. Therefore we recommend skiers/snowboarders stay within the resort boundaries for their own safety as well as the safety of others who may follow their tracks. 

                   Stop - Ski Area Boundary                   Area boundary sign continue at your own risk                   

US-2 No Pedestrian / No Hitchhiking Zone On Stevens Pass

In an effort to increase safety for pedestrians and motorists on U.S. Highway 2 over Stevens Pass, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol have designated six miles of highway a legally enforceable no pedestrian and no hitchhiking zone.

From Tunnel Creek on the west side of Stevens Pass to Yodelin on the east side (mileposts 60.15 to 66.24), pedestrians, hitchhikers and drivers who stop to offer them rides risk $124 citations between Nov. 1 and Apr. 15.

The new regulation expands an existing ban on pedestrians walking on the shoulder to both west and eastbound lanes. The original wintertime shoulder closures to pedestrians were instituted in 2001-2002 and only applied to one shoulder.


Sledding & Sledding Devices

To ensure safety, sledding and sledding devices are not allowed anywhere within the permit boundary area, which includes the Nordic Center, 5 miles east of the Alpine area.