White Pass

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Washington state is dividable by the Cascade Range, and the mountain chain is famous for lots of snow and winter fun. The White Pass ski resort sits at the summit of the National Scenic Byway US Route 12. Access from the west is by Interstate 5, while the Byway meets up with Interstate 82 to the east.

Those flying to Washington can use the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport or Portland International Airport from Oregon to the south. Ground services and rentals are available from these destinations. Winter visitors often base out of Packwood (20 miles west) or Yakima (50 miles east).

No-Frills Under Mount Rainer

The White Pass ski area sits a dozen miles outside Mt. Rainer National Park, offering a great view of several Cascade peaks. The scenic view is enhanced in part by the base elevation of 4,500 feet. A 6,500 peak elevation creates the 2,000 verticle drop that skiers and snowboarders use to create fun in the pow or on groomed terrains.

An average annual snowfall near 350 inches means plenty of chances for cutting fresh tracks after a dump. The snow tends to stick around longer in this part of the country as the Cascades tend to stay moist and cloudy compared to mountain ranges to the south and east. Snowmaking capabilities near the base and Poma face add to the totals when needed.

The day lodge offers basic amenities, and the White Pass ski area does have on-mountain dining and lodging for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Guests also have access to group or private lessons, child care options, a Pro Shop, and equipment rentals. Winter hounds aged 6 to 18-years can enjoy the White Pass Ski & Snowboard Club, which offers alpine racing, freestyle, snowboard, and Nordic skiing programs.

Several Ways to Enjoy Cascades

The White Pass ski area provides several ways to play in the snow. During the weekends the Tubing Hill offers family-friendly fun, and guest can bring their tube or rent one. No sledding is allowed, though.

Four days during the week, the Nordic Center is open for guests to explore. Four Winter disciplines (and gear) are available, including Classic, Skate, Altai Hoks, and Child/Polk Sled. Green, blue, and black-rated trails are groomed and available for use without reservations. Snowshoe tours are available, including the popular Twilight tour around Leech Lake.

While White Pass does offer some night skiing, it is limited at best, and guests will need to check their status before making a trip to the ski area. The ski resort does contain two terrain parks to explore. Progression park builds skills as rippers and shredders learn the basics, while Ribeye offers jumps and advanced features.

Over 40 runs cover the 1,400 acres of skiable terrain at White Pass. Ratings break down favorably for casual skiers, with half the mountain rating at blue/intermediate. Roughly 30-percent of the remaining runs are green/beginner, and 20-percent are black diamond/advanced. White Pass maintains half a dozen lift systems and two surface lifts that can handle about 9,700 guests an hour.

White Pass Snow forecast

  • Thursday
    0.03 in rain
    2 mph
  • Friday
    0.26 in rain
    7 mph
  • Saturday
    0.5 in snow
    2 mph

Facts about White Pass

Number of slopes:45
Easiest Green slopes:20%
Intermediate Blue slopes:60%
Advanced Black slopes:20%
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0%

Lifts (Total: 8)
Chair lifts:6
Platter lift:2
Lift capacity:  6625 persons/hour

Vertical drop
White Pass Vertical drop
Highest Point: 6549 ft
Vertical drop: 2051 ft
Base Point: 4498 ft

Country: USA
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