STEVENS PASS | WASHINGTON | UNITED STATES
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Arrowhead is a nice half-day tour for strong skiers and a good full-tour if you don't want to move as fast. You follow you follow a FS road up for the first 90 minutes. In low snow years it is best to ski the road back to your car, when there is more snow, there are nice shots between switchback on the road. There is also great skiing off the 5909 summit SW of Arrowhead as well. Parking is at the turnout at 47 46 12 N / 120 59 54 W. Be sure to park West of the big turnout where there are no towing signs posted. They will tow you if you park under the no parking signs.
Steven's is a Ski Resort that gets a bit of attention before the resort opens. Many casual and new backcountry skiers like to play on the lower terrain which feels safer, and those with more experience but still wanting to get out for some early skiing without summiting a volcano will run up to the summit and ski Seventh Heaven.
Seattleslider: February 24, 2013 Uphill: 3,040 ft. | Downhill: 3,040 ft. 24" soft snow under a thin rain crust except pure softness under the protection of trees. Light winds and minimal precipitation....[view]
Seattleslider: December 16, 2012 Uphill: 3,900 ft. | Downhill: 3,900 ft. No wind and below freezing temperatures made excellent 12-16" powder on north and south facing slopes....[view]
Seattleslider: December 15, 2012 Uphill: 3,500 ft. | Downhill: 3,500 ft. Breezy and cold, but very soft 8-12" fresh snow on north, east, and south slopes. Some wind affect above 5000'....[view]
Seattleslider: May 26, 2012 Uphill: 3,100 ft. | Downhill: 3,100 ft. 1-3" soft butter on south slopes, 1" grainy snow on north slopes. Cool breeze, partly cloudy....[view]
Seattleslider: April 16, 2012 Uphill: 1,000 ft. | Downhill: 1,000 ft. Dusting of packed powder on a firm base 6000'-5400', 6-8" soft slush 5400-5000'...[view]
Seattleslider: April 7, 2012 Uphill: 1,000 ft. | Downhill: 1,000 ft. Great soft powder on N slopes in Stevens skinnable side country....[view]
Seattleslider: March 8, 2012 Uphill: 3,200 ft. | Downhill: 3,200 ft. 14" light slightly settled snow on north slopes. Heavy wet snow on south....[view]
Seattleslider: March 6, 2012 Uphill: 3,400 ft. | Downhill: 3,400 ft. 14" fresh light powder on a firm base. Soft sluffs on slopes greater than 30 degrees....[view]
Seattleslider: January 17, 2012 Uphill: 1,000 ft. | Downhill: 1,000 ft. Deep new snow, stormy day, hard work. Too much snow perhaps? Had to point straight down....[view]
Seattleslider: January 16, 2012 Uphill: 2,500 ft. | Downhill: 2,500 ft. 20-24" Utah like powder on a cold stormy day. La Nina has returned to the Pacific NW. Thanks....[view]
Seattleslider: January 1, 2012 Uphill: 3,900 ft. | Downhill: 3,900 ft. Big breeze from the east, good 8-18" powder on N slopes, not bad in the wind sheltered trees on SE slopes, but stiff above timberline on SE slopes, perhaps even dangerous slab conditions....[view]
Seattleslider: December 31, 2011 Uphill: 5,200 ft. | Downhill: 5,200 ft. FINALLY fresh snow is back, and back big time. 12-18" soft powder and blue skies for the AM, some high clouds in the PM. Great closing day for 2011. ...[view]
Seattleslider: April 8, 2011 Uphill: 1,300 ft. | Downhill: 1,300 ft. A mixed bag of crust, wet 10" snow, powder in blazing sun and light wind....[view]
Seattleslider: March 14, 2011 Uphill: 3,400 ft. | Downhill: 3,400 ft. Spring is near, the sun turned the 20" of fresh into glue within an hour....[view]
Seattleslider: March 5, 2011 Uphill: 4,000 ft. | Downhill: 4,000 ft. Bluebird day with knee deep fluffy powder. Tye Lake....[view]
Seattleslider: March 4, 2011 Uphill: 1,000 ft. | Downhill: 1,000 ft. Three Cowboys and a Beyond....[view]
Seattleslider: March 3, 2011 Uphill: 1,000 ft. | Downhill: 1,000 ft. Skinned up Fluffy Bunny in knee deep powder late afternoon in preparation for tomorrow....[view]
Seattleslider: January 1, 2011 Uphill: 2,900 ft. | Downhill: 2,900 ft. Great dry cold snow on north slopes, some wind affect on south faces, 8-16" deep....[view]
Seattleslider: December 21, 2010 Uphill: 2,500 ft. | Downhill: 8,000 ft. Cool temps and not too much snow like the Sierra has kept our boot top to knee deep powder in fine shape. Minimal sun and wind affect today....[view]
Seattleslider: December 20, 2010 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 6,000 ft. Lotsa untracked powder remains just outside the ski area boundaries. Skins helped us enjoy the 6-16" settled fluff....[view]
Seattleslider: December 16, 2010 Uphill: 1,000 ft. | Downhill: 6,500 ft. The weekend's rain crust is being covered by a nice new blanket of powder. Kinda scratchy in the trees, much softer in open slopes. Low wind and little sun kept the snow safe and stable. We used the l...[view]
Powdrx13: December 11, 2010 Uphill: 2,400 ft. | Downhill: 2,400 ft. Exploring around Union Peak. LOW Snow made for less than ideal skiing. But worth a look later in the season....[view]
Powdrx13: December 10, 2010 Uphill: 0 ft. | Downhill: 9,500 ft. 2hrs of pow turns on Steven's Frontside....[view]
Seattleslider: December 10, 2010 Uphill: 1,900 ft. | Downhill: 1,900 ft. Classic cascade "powder" today made skinning and even skiing very difficult. Heavy knee deep snow, but Sunday is supposed to bring rain, ugh....[view]
Seattleslider: December 9, 2010 Uphill: 2,200 ft. | Downhill: 2,200 ft. Mixed snow and rain to start the day, a few hundred feet higher it turned to all snow, but still very wet and difficult turns. Good exercise....[view]
Seattleslider: December 6, 2010 Uphill: 4,900 ft. | Downhill: 4,900 ft. Stevens Pass ski area backside and double diamond are still not lift accessible, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves today. The snow varied from boot top powder to wind buffed chalk and sun...[view]
Powdrx13: December 5, 2010 Uphill: 2,800 ft. | Downhill: 2,800 ft. CBSP- on the hill trainer for 2010. UP to Skyline Lake and then beacon practice and stability testing. Total vert is up and down several times working the area....[view]
Seattleslider: November 29, 2010 Uphill: 4,800 ft. | Downhill: 4,800 ft. Snow still very good, a foot of old powder on some thicker snow and a solid base. The weather was superb, great views, sunny lunch stop, then clouding over and snowing by 3PM. Tonight a foot more po...[view]
Seattleslider: November 28, 2010 Uphill: 5,300 ft. | Downhill: 5,300 ft. Knee deep Cascade powder in the closed ski area today, we got it while we could. The place is scheduled to open Wednesday....[view]
Arginine: November 19, 2010 Uphill: 1,300 ft. | Downhill: 1,300 ft. Boot top to knee deep powder. Coverage good at the top but not complete lower down limiting run length on the north side of the ridge. No stability issues....[view]
Powderjunky: March 9, 2010 Uphill: 2,000 ft. | Downhill: 2,000 ft. This was the quickest, most north facing option so we gave it a try. We were able to take our sled to where the snow actually starts, and the ride in was fairly easy. Once in the "snow zone" the snow ...[view]
Johnrace: February 22, 2010 Uphill: 3,030 ft. | Downhill: 3,030 ft. We had a decent ski despite the low snow on the approach. There was a ton of surface hoar that extended even up onto the summit ridge. A bit of a crust had formed in spots overnight and we were able...[view]
Skiprince: November 14, 2009 Uphill: 2,600 ft. | Downhill: 2,600 ft. Just a quick day to get in some early season "resort" skiing, before the resorts open....[view]
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