Tree Well Death at Stevens Pass January 22

In NWAC’s Zone 2 forecast on 1204 PM PST Tue Jan 24 2012 there is the mention of a death at Stevens Pass this past weekend. We tried searching for more details but haven’t turned up anything.

Also note there was a tree well fatality at Stevens on Sunday. Be sure to travel with a partner and keep them in sight at all times.

Stay safe out there.

Update: Still haven’t found any other reports on this. Though up at Whistler this weekend, there was also a tree well incident but the person was rescued after a few hours. Fortunately they were able to reach their phone and call for help.

Update: A commenter lets us know the deceased is William Barnette who worked at Boeing and was from Hardin, MT.

Bainbridge Island Ski Bus Back in Action

After a five year back, the Bainbridge Island Ski Bus is back in action taking riders to Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain. Or so I hear from the Kitsap Sun, Good times on the ski bus:

My first adventure on a ski bus was more than a half-century ago. And yes, all you youthful doubters, the internal combustion engine had already been invented.

It was a memorable experience, largely because Sally Softlips (not her real name) sat on my lap on the way home. That may not seem like a big deal to all you youthful doubters, but back in those days, it was almost as exciting as playing Post Office.

Sally was an ample girl, a high school freshman like me, who for reasons I have never understood, seemed to like me. She was warm and cuddly, and I wished the trip had lasted long

For more info, check out the Bainbridge Ski Bus Flyer.

$10 Guided Snowshoe Tours at Stevens & Snoqualmie

Snowshoe fans, January 8th the Forest Service is starting up their guided snowshoe tours of Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie:

Get outdoors and learn about winter ecology snowshoeing on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest January through March. No experience is necessary and the Forest Service provides snowshoes. Participants should wear layered and insulated clothing, hats and gloves with sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots, hats and gloves. To offset the costs of the program a donation of $10 per person is suggested for all tours except the extended hike and photography outing at Snoqualmie Pass, where $20 is requested.

NYT Covers Stevens Pass Purchase by CNL Lifestyle Properties

Interesting to note that the acquisition of Stevens Pass by CNL Lifestyle Properties was picked up by the New York Times In Transit blog, CNL Adds Stevens Pass to Its Ski Resorts. The blog post paints the acquisition in a positive light:

CNL has no plans to exert broad, cookie-cutter development plans across its resorts but expects skiers to feel its influence indirectly, particularly in capital improvements that previous owners might otherwise have had trouble financing, said Steve Rice, a one-time ski patroller at Stowe who oversees the portfolio that includes the ski areas.

And gives us a little more background on CNL:

This Orlando-based company has in the last decade quietly surpassed the giants Vail Resorts and Intrawest to become the largest owner of ski resorts in the nation. Often, CNL buys the properties and then leases them back to the former owners.

Unfortunately no quotes from Stevens Pass or CNL on the acquisition. And while some people fear that this will mean reduced competition amongst our ski areas (CNL owns Snoqualmie and manages Crystal), Crystal and Stevens appear to be fierce competitors fighting to one-up each other on deals.

Reminder: 2 for 1 Tuesdays at Stevens & Crystal

Mid-week riders, I’m so jealous of you, no crowds! Plus you get this sweet deal at Stevens Pass this Tuesday and next, 2-for-1 Tuesdays.

And not to be outdone Crystal just announced their own 2-for-1 Tuesday special. They also announced that if you have a seasons pass for another resort you can get $10 off a lift ticket.

Update: And now, Stevens Pass has retaliated and with their Pacific Northwest Pass:

If you have a season pass at any mountain; Crystal, The Summit, you name it, all you gotta do is show us your pass and we’ll give you a Stevens PNW Pass that’ll get you 12 bucks off weekday tickets, 7 bucks off weekend tickets, and you can go direct-to-lift. To make the deal even sweeter, if you come up 3 times this season, your 4th ticket is FREE!