Stevens Pass, WA, Opening Thursday, Nov. 19 w/ 36-inch base

Stevens Pass Opening Day, Thursday November 19, 2009

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (November 16, 2009) — After consistent periods of cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, Stevens Pass Winter Resort is excited to announce opening day for the 2009 – 2010 winter season, Thursday November 19th, 2009. As of Monday afternoon 36 inches of snow was reported at the base, with 38 inches at reported at the upper mountain weather station.

"We are excited to get the 09/10 season underway," said John Gifford, General Manager at Stevens Pass. "So far El Nino has been good to us! Opening before the Thanksgiving holiday is always a treat. "

Stevens Pass will be open this Thursday 9 am to 4 pm with operations on the Hogsback, Skyline, Daisy and Brooks chairlifts. The Tye Mill Chair and Kehr's Chair (formerly Big Chief) will be determined on Wednesday if there is sufficient snowpack. Lift ticket prices for opening day will be available at

The Cascadian Kitchen, Bull's Tooth and the T-Bar Market in the Granite Peaks Lodge will be open for food and beverage service. The Iron Goat Pizza Station in the Pacific Crest Lodge and the Foggy Goggle in the Tye Creek Lodge will also be open. Resort retail outlets will be in full operation in both the Edge and at Fall Line Sports.

Additionally, the 28 acre Top Phlight Terrain Park will open with a variety of jumps, rails and boxes this Thursday. Guests are encouraged to check for the latest conditions and updates.

For daily updated information guests can call the Stevens Pass Snowline at (206) 634-1645 in Seattle, (425) 353-4400 in Everett, and (509) 782-5516 in Wenatchee, or visit online at <> .

About Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass is located on the crest of the Cascade Range, on two national forests, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie on the west of the crest and the Wenatchee National Forest on the east. Stevens typically receives about 450 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain – including 37 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces. The ski resort has a variety of terrain for every age and skill level. Stevens is located 78 miles east of Seattle on U.S. Highway 2. Normal hours of operations run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, conditions permitting. Spring operations begin in mid-March with operating hours changing to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As the leading component of a company-wide initiative focused on the reduction of the resort's environmental footprint, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort has purchased enough Green Tags (or renewable energy credits) to prevent approximately 6,400,000 pounds of global warming pollution from entering the atmosphere annually. The Green Tags purchased by Stevens Pass will support wind energy generation from resources located in the Pacific Northwest. Please visit <>  for further details.

More information is available at (206) 812-4510 or <> .