Cat Skiing in Washington


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Some of the best cat skiing in the state of Washington is found close to Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains. Stevens Pass is located about 70 miles outside of Seattle, and is a short drive from British Columbia.

The region is one of the snowiest places in the state, receiving more than 400 inches of snow each year. The snow can start as early as September or October and be at its heaviest during the months of November, December, and January. During this time of the year, Stevens Pass can receive over 70 inches of snow each month.

This heavy powder snow makes this location in the Cascade Mountains the ideal place for cat skiers to congregate. Each year, thousands of cat skiing enthusiasts travel here to enjoy some of the most thrilling and scenic cat skiing in the country. Once here, they will find more than 1,900 acres of the most epic northwest powder snow-filled private terrain that is ideal for cat skiing.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region NameWashington
Region StateWashington
Region CityLeavenworth
Region CountryUSA
Closest ResortSleeping Lady Resort
Optional ResortStevens Pass Mountain Resort
Optional ResortIcicle Village Resort

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles)1,920
Skill LevelAll Skill Levels
Annual Snowfall (inches)450
Snow TypeHeavy Powder
Mountain RangeCascade Mountains
Elevation (feet)8,000
Tour Details
Runs per Day8-12
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run1,200
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day10,000
Rentals AvailableN/A
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person$495 - $525
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat$4,950 - $5,250


Before they head out to the backcountry, skiers are paired with experienced guides and given extensive instruction in avalanche and backcountry safety. The guides are equipped to handle parties of no more than 12 cat skiers at a single time.

Once they are given their instruction, cat skiers are then taken by snowcat to the summit of the terrain where they can ski through untracked bowls, glades, chutes, and gullies. They do not have to wait in lines, ride on cold lifts, or deal with crowds. Instead, they can enjoy one of the ultimate cat skiing adventures in the country.

Guides are also trained to work with cat skiers of all skill levels. Intermediate level cat skiers are taken to terrain that has natural openings and glades that range from 15 to 25 degrees. There are long, smooth, clear cuts for bouncy powder turns and gentle pitch classic powder runs like those found in Tranquility Bowl.

Advanced cat skiers can try their hand at terrain that features big open bowls, well-spaced glade runs, and moderately steep 30 to 35-degree thinned trees. The expert cat skiing terrain has very steep treed and open bowls, challenging pillow lines, short chutes with good runout zones, small cliffs, and cornice drops.

All cat skiers have their own yurts in which to relax after a day in the backcountry. The yurts have private kitchen and dining areas as well as fireplaces. Getting to Stevens Pass can be done by taking U.S. Highway 2 eastbound out of Seattle. Skiers should turn eight miles past Skykomish to reach the cat skiing area in the Cascade Mountains.

Tourists flying in from other parts of the U.S. or internationally can take flights directly into Seattle International Airport where they can rent a car to take to Stevens Pass. Drivers are advised to check weather and driving reports for snowfall and avalanche warnings or road closures.


    Includes a yurt with a private kitchen.

  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)

    Includes a yurt with a private kitchen.



Closest Airport
Airport NameAirport CodeMiles to Region
Pangborn Memorial AirportEAT29 mi
Seattle TacomaSEA140 mi
Distance From
Los Angeles International AirportLos AngelesCALAX11504h 19m1
O'Hare International AirportChicagoILORD19366h 29m1
John F. Kennedy International AirportNew YorkNYJFK27598h 4m1
San Francisco International AirportSan FranciscoCASFO8274h1
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSeattle/TacomaWASEA16044mDirect
Newark Liberty International AirportNew York/Newark/New JerseyNJEWR27358h 30m1
Logan International AirportBostonMABOS29328h 4m1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMinneapolis/St. PaulMNMSP15575h 59m1
Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphiaPAPHL27158h 58m1
LaGuardia AirportNew YorkNYLGA27499h 47m2
Washington Dulles International AirportWashington, D.C.VAIAD26419h 5m1
San Diego International AirportSan DiegoCASAN12654h 34m1
Midway International AirportChicagoILMDW19638h 20m2
Portland International AirportPortlandORPDX2902h 30m1


Sleeping Lady Resort
7375 Icicle Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826, United States