Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass does not have a village. There are few places to stay at or near the mountain, and weekend traffic and parking can be a nightmare. However, if escaping the city in just an hour and a half for sleeper pow sounds good to you, then Stevens delivers, with lifts spinning and terrain bombed and ready by 8:45 a.m. sharp.

With a relatively high base of 4,000 feet and a knack for defying the weather report, Stevens Pass frequently surprises with larger than expected snowfalls and extreme temperature changes. At the whim of the Puget Sound Convergence Zone, inversions, and the volatile nature of warm ocean moisture meeting cool easterly winds, it’s not uncommon for the area to experience rain at 28 degrees, snow at 35 degrees, and temperature changes of 10 to 20 degrees in less than an hour. Read more here. —Alex Meilleur