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 Name Washington
Region State Washington
Region City Leavenworth
Region Country USA
Closest Resort Sleeping Lady Resort
Optional Resort Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
Optional Resort Icicle Village Resort

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 1,920
Skill Level All Skill Levels
Annual Snowfall (inches) 450
Snow Type Heavy Powder
Mountain Range Cascade Mountains
Elevation (feet) 8,000
Tour Details
Runs per Day 8-12
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run 1,200
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 10,000
Rentals Available N/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 Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Pangborn Memorial Airport EAT 29 mi
Seattle Tacoma SEA 140 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA LAX 1150 4h 19m 1
O'Hare International Airport Chicago IL ORD 1936 6h 29m 1
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York NY JFK 2759 8h 4m 1
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco CA SFO 827 4h 1
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Seattle/Tacoma WA SEA 160 44m Direct
Newark Liberty International Airport New York/Newark/New Jersey NJ EWR 2735 8h 30m 1
Logan International Airport Boston MA BOS 2932 8h 4m 1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis/St. Paul MN MSP 1557 5h 59m 1
Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA PHL 2715 8h 58m 1
LaGuardia Airport New York NY LGA 2749 9h 47m 2
Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. VA IAD 2641 9h 5m 1
San Diego International Airport San Diego CA SAN 1265 4h 34m 1
Midway International Airport Chicago IL MDW 1963 8h 20m 2
Portland International Airport Portland OR PDX 290 2h 30m 1


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