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White Pass Ski Area

White Pass Ski Area
The White Pass Ski Area is a ski area in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, in the Cascade Range at White Pass in the state of Washington. It is … See more


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Mar 7, 2021
Don’t buy tickets too far in advance because there are no refunds. I spent $145 on two tickets a month in advance. The day before I was to go there was a winter storm warning with a foot of snow fo… Full review by richardrJ6756OE
Feb 2, 2021
I was skiing at White pass this last weekend with friends and family. We were all excited for a 4 day weekend of skiing. The first 2 days were great! Then on Saturday in the Great White lift line I s… Full review by RUtrying
Nov 28, 2020
We skied White Pass on the Saturday after Thanksgiving 2021, despite the fact that all lifts were not running there was plenty of variety for any level of skied. Head over to the paradise section of … Full review by abishop61


Laid Back, Family-Friendly Spot
White Pass resort is all about family: it's owned and operated by a family, and it's slopes are perfectly suited for all members of the family, especially the young'uns. Washington has so many glitzy ski resorts to choose from, it could be hard for a smaller one to make its mark. Yet White Pass has still managed to carve out a much cared for niche, as a laid back, family-friendly spot that has ample terrain to keep everyone from newbies to “lifers” entertained. In actuality, the White Pass Ski Area isn’t all that small anymore. With the acquisition of Paradise Basin, White Pass nearly doubled its skiable grounds – bringing it up to nearly 1,500 acres. There are now eight chairlifts, and even a terrain park including rail features and jumps. This expansion was a work in progress for more than 30 years. In addition to several new intermediate runs, the two lifts to the top Paradise Basin give backcountry skiers easier access to the world-class terrain of the Goat Rocks Mountains – and everyone access to amazing views of Mount Rainier, just 12 miles away. White Pass’s low-key atmosphere makes it a perfect fit for anyone who is learning to ski or still gaining confidence in his or her skills. White Pass also has a strong contingent of locals who come back to ski its slopes year after year, lured in by the balance of groomed rolling hills and a wild outback. The resort is 40 miles west of the city of Naches, as 48935 US Hwy 12. Open seasonally, usually from mid-December through mid-April. Conditions permitting, the alpine area is open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
A National Treasure
The Pacific Crest Trail is a national treasure, but one that gets treasured a lot more in summer. Once there is snow on the ground, the PCT can really clear out, relatively speaking, even in the popular stretch leading from White Pass to Sand Lake. In part, that's because it isn't always easy to follow: it doesn't have those familiar blue diamond markers, and if you're making fresh tracks, you could be left orienteering your way through. On the other hand, that touch of navigational uncertainty means you're quickly away from the more developed feeling of the White Pass Nordic Center and into the muffled world of subalpine meadows and snow-covered lakes. The trail leaves from the east side of White Pass Nordic's Lake Loop and is easily discernible for most of its first half, twisting upward through old-growth until it crosses into the William O. Douglas Wilderness and turns east under an exposed slope. From this point on, the route may be a little less clear: at about 1.75 miles you'll pass a large meadow on your left and continue climbing slowly to the east. Less than a quarter mile after that the trail curves to the left and into a small clearing. Head straight up the slope in front of you using the shallow draw at the right edge of the clearing. This takes you to the edge of an enormous meadow around which the trail bends clockwise. Deer Lake is a few hundred feet south of the clearing, and the snowmelt-fed Sand Lake is half a mile to the north at mile 3.5. Like a lot of winter lakes in this part of the world, Sand and Deer lakes look more like snowy plains than bodies of water, but they still make for nice lunch spots. Sand Lake even has a dilapidated shelter near its western shore, although it can be hard to find in winter. Sand Lake makes a good day trip turnaround or campsite. If you have time to overnight, though, taking the PCT farther into William O. Douglas opens up plenty of other explorations: Cowlitz Pass, at mile 8, is a popular winter camp.

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