ABOUT CAT SKIING IN WASHINGTON
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.
|Closest Resort||Sleeping Lady Resort|
|Optional Resort||Stevens Pass Mountain Resort|
|Optional Resort||Icicle Village Resort|
|Acres (sq. miles)||1,920|
|Skill Level||All Skill Levels|
|Annual Snowfall (inches)||450|
|Snow Type||Heavy Powder|
|Mountain Range||Cascade Mountains|
|Runs per Day||8-12|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run||1,200|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day||10,000|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Person||$495 - $525|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat||$4,950 - $5,250|
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT CAT SKIING IN WASHINGTON
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.$495+
PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)
Includes a yurt with a private kitchen.$4,950
HOW TO GET TO WASHINGTON
|Airport Name||Airport Code||Miles to Region|
|Pangborn Memorial Airport||EAT||29 mi|
|Seattle Tacoma||SEA||140 mi|
|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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