White Pass


If there were a prize for the ski area whose feel has changed the least since, oh, 1981 or so, it’d go to White Pass. The easygoing ski hill 110 miles southeast of Tacoma doubled its size last year to nearly 1,500 acres with the addition of 767-acre Paradise Basin, which also includes two new lifts and a lodge. Though the new zone is mostly cruisey alpine meadows and trees, there are tons of natural booters and small cliffs to drop. Season passes start at $400.


Cascade Powder Cats, Stevens Pass, Washington

Stevens Pass

78 miles northeast of Seattle and sloppy transforms into steep, deep, and dry at Stevens Pass

Mission Ridge, Washington

Mission Ridge, Washington

Mission Ridge is a sweet local hill that knocks the socks off of most major mountains out there. It's got a family feel, but has all the rowdy, technical lines that any serious skier could want. When the rest of Washington is sopping wet, Mission Ridge skis clear and cold. We had the pleasure of catching it on a beautiful spring day today. Here are a few photos from the day.