Stevens Pass Mountain Resort invested $1.9 million on parking improvements this summer, featuring a new parking lot at the summit that will hold more than 250 cars. The new lot is on the North side of Highway 2 with easy access to the resort by crossing the pedestrian bridge.
The new lot, Lot G, and Lot A will both be free for cars with four or more people and $20 for cars with less than four people. We hope this encourages guests to carpool, supporting our environmental initiatives and allowing us to park more cars and reduce road congestion.
"This has been in progress for years, so it is very gratifying to see the new lot, in a premier location, finally completed. We are excited to offer improved parking and shuttle services for our guests," says Bill Bourton, General Manager of Stevens Pass.
Additionally, we invested in new equipment to help open earlier and maintain quality conditions throughout the season. We purchased two snow cats, including one winch cat, to groom even more runs. The winch cat uses a steel cable that attaches to an anchor or tree allowing it to groom where normal snow cats cannot, like steep terrain and in adverse conditions. A new snowmaking fan gun was also added to the our arsenal. The two snowmaking fan guns are used during early season to build learning terrain, ramps to lifts and fill in low snow areas in the base.
Our summer crew did extensive trail work allowing us to operate on less snow, as well. They removed unnecessary rocks to smooth and expand trails, performed extensive brush cutting and mowed all primary runs. We also used excess materials from the new parking lot to improve drainage on the mountain. Ryan Forbes, Mountain Operations Manager, said these improvements, "allow the resort to open earlier on lower snow levels and maintain quality conditions during rain events. Without large rocks, brush and grass, the resort's snow cats can groom more runs earlier, providing a better experience for guests."
Finally, we utilized excavated materials from the new parking lot to fill potholes, straighten edges and extend current lots, allowing approximately 90 more cars to park. Additionally, two new vans specifically equipped for ski resorts were purchased. These vans will shuttle guests between the summit and the satellite parking lots, improving shuttle efficiency and guest experience.