Stevens Pass Joins Liftopia – Up to 50% Off

Exciting news, finally one of the Seattle area ski areas, Stevens Pass, has joined Liftopia, “a site that allows people to book lift tickets months in advance at the best prices”.

Taking a look at December for a bunch of dates they’re offering 23% off, so $50 tickets instead of $65. For a handful of dates like December 18th and 19th they have tickets 50% off, so $32.50 tickets.

Stevens Extends Season, But Charges Passholders $100

The good news is that Stevens is extending their season into May!

The bad news for passholders is that it is going to cost $100.

Folks on Twitter are understandably upset.

“Season pass elsewhere next year. Crystal here I come!”

“Stevens extends the season but pass holders have to pay for lift tickets to ride #ThenItTechnicallyIsntAnExtendedSeason”

“Steven’s can stuff it. Lame and GREEDY!”

Just like Crystal folks were upset last year when this happened there.

Keep in mind that if you’re going to renew your pass for next year, you won’t have to pay.

Stevens Pass Avalanche Preliminary Report

NWAC has the preliminary report [pdf] for the Stevens Pass – Tunnel Creek avalanche that killed 3.

Here’s the high level overview:

Slope specifics: starting zone elevation 5800 ft, SSW exposure, 42 degree slope

Fracture line details: SS-AS-O-R2-D3; Slab size and structure—32 inch deep x 200 ft. wide soft slab (Fist to 4F hardness) released to surface hoar layer above early February crust (Pencil hardness)

Avalanche details: Slide caught 5, one of whom was able to arrest by holding onto tree; remaining 4 caught were carried about 2650 vertical feet through a twisting, tree ringed chute

Fatalities / Injuries: Three skier fatalities, one skier caught, deployed air bag, partially buried, uninjured, and extricated with the help of rescuers

3 Deaths From Stevens Pass Avalanche

Sadly three people (Head judge for the Freeskiing World Tour Jim Jack, 46, Stevens Pass marketing director Chris Rudolph, 30, and Johnny Brenan, 41 a Leavenworth contractor and married father of two daughters) died in a backcountry accident at Stevens Pass Sunday February 19, they were backcountry skiing Tunnel Creek off of the backside of Seventh Heaven.

Here’s a roundup of the most details articles.

This ESPN article is a good account, Stevens Pass avalanche kills three. They interview Megan Michelson (ESPN Freeskiing Editor) and Elyse Saugstad (pro skier) who were skiing with the group about what happened.

PowderMag has details on how the avalanche struck Tragedy Hits Ski World Again:

Jim Jack was the seventh skier to drop in, and triggered a large slab avalanche, Stifter says. According to those watching from above, the fracture started about 30 feet wide and propagated across the slope, leaving a crown two to three feet deep. The slide captured Rudolph, Brenan and Saugstad, as well as a fourth skier who escaped by grabbing a tree. Saugstad deployed an airbag, and was only partially buried with her hands and head free within 50 feet of where Rudolph and Brenan were buried.

The Today Show has an interview with Elyse Saugstad and shows a map of where the avalanche occurred:

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Brian Rosenthal from the Seattle Times was on the scene and tweeting about events, @brianmrosenthal, and wrote a thorough article for the Monday edition of the paper, Four dead in avalanches at Stevens and Snoqualmie passes. They also have raw footage from the King County Sheriff department.

12 Acres at Stevens Pass for $200k

Three parcels, totaling 11.8 acres up near Stevens Pass just hit the market for $200k, MLS #319986. Wish I had the money!

Beautiful Wooded property With Hwy 2 frontage ( 608 feet), lovely Index Mt. View, Located along the south side of the Skykomish River, 3 tax parcels of 5.88 acres, 3,35 acre and 2.57 Acres totaling 11.8 acres. Potential for an RV park close to Stavens pass skiing And Great Fishing. West & South and rural residential to the east.