Stevens Pass Skier Visits Top 400,000 for the First Time in Nearly a Decade

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Stevens Pass Skier visits exceeded 400,000 for the 2012-13 winter season — a 5% increase over last season.

Stevens Pass wrapped up another successful season Sunday, April 21 with skier visits up 5% over last year and the highest skier visit total since the 2005-06 season. The resort received an abundance of snowfall, with 501 inches of total snow this season, besting the season average of 450 inches.

“Mother Nature really delivered the goods this year and so did our employees.” said Chris Danforth, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Even when we didn’t have big powder days, our grooming crew kept the mountain in great shape. In addition, our Terrain Park crew established our park scene as the best in the state with innovative and well maintained features.”

Stevens Pass kicked off a strong season on November 20 by being the first ski resort in Washington to open, and then saw near-record snowfall in December. In just 12 hours on December 8, the resort received 39 inches of snow at the base area.

In an effort to maintain growth and improve the guest experience at Stevens Pass, ownership will embark on a $5 million capital improvements plan this summer. Highlighting the list of improvements is a new high-speed Doppelmayr detachable quad that will replace the Jupiter fixed-grip quad chair lift. New terrain will be opened in the South Park area in Mill Valley, and expanded glading work will also be done in the Corona, Pegasus and Orion areas providing better tree skiing on the backside of the resort.

Deconstruction of the old Jupiter chair began on April 16 and the new chair lift components will start arriving this coming week. The project is expected to be completed before the first snowflakes of next season begin to fall and will open in mid-December when the Mill Valley area of the resort typically has enough snow for skiing and riding.

In addition to the new lift, the resort will be purchasing two additional snow cats, including a new winch cat which will allow operators to groom steeper terrain during those non-powder days.

“With these two new cats plus the three we purchased last year, we have really expanded our grooming capabilities here at Stevens Pass and it has made a noticeable difference for our guests,” said Brian Boyle, Grooming and Terrain Park Manager.

The resort will re-open for summer on June 21, conditions permitting, for the second full season of operations for the Stevens Pass Bike Park. Stevens will also be constructing two new bike trails this summer. One will be an advanced jump line trail and the second is a 2-mile long beginner trail. In addition to the bike trails, Stevens Pass will be building a hiking trail that will allow guests to take a scenic chair lift ride up the mountain and then hike back down to the base area.

About Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
Celebrating its 75th year of operation, Stevens Pass is located 78 miles east of Seattle on the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. Stevens averages 450 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain – including 37 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces. The ski resort has a variety of terrain for every age and skill level. Normal winter operations run from early December to mid-April.

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