Stevens Pass, WA

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  1. Jeff Lynne July 30, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    When you try to access the skyline express pictures it redirects you to a wordpress login.


  2. Jeff Lynne August 11, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Do you know anything about the status of new lifts at Stevens Pass? It seems like they are due for quite the upgrade in the lift department. Now that their lift tickets are almost the same price as Crystal, you would think that they would invest that money into lift infrastructure.


  3. Cameron Halmrast August 11, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Stevens Pass’ assets are owned by EPR Properties (a hedge fund) and they are the ones responsible for any capital improvements. The difference between Stevens Pass Ski Area and EPR Properties is that Stevens Pass is the operator and EPR the owner and if EPR doesn’t feel capital improvements will increase its bottom line, no new lifts are on the horizon. The best part is that if the USFS permit expires for an expansion or new lift, the resort has to refile and do a complete new environmental protection study which is not cheap. Usually a permit is good for 10 years, but before you can get final approval, you have to meet a certain amount of skier visits.


  4. Andrew October 4, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Both Brooks and Daisy have both received new paint on the chairs. Both lifts now have gray colored chairs.


    • John October 18, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      That’s a shame. Brooks being turquoise and Daisy being purple was one of the cool things about Stevens. I suppose now that VR owns them everything will be that same nondescript shade of grey.


  5. Andrew December 22, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    It should also be noted that the Skyline Express and Hogsback Express chairlifts were repainted to have the same color scheme as Jupiter Express, and also have new, larger lift shacks that are also painted in that color scheme.


  6. Ryan August 27, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Did the old Jupiter end up at another mountain?


    • Peter Landsman August 27, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      I think it is in storage for future use at Stevens. At least pre-Vail it was. Will need new tower tubes in its new home.


      • AvocadoAndy January 6, 2019 / 10:17 pm

        I wonder if they’ll use that for the new Daisy quad, assuming they still have it.


      • VintageChairlifts November 30, 2019 / 1:33 am

        It might be going to Mission Ridge.

        I’ve heard that Mission bought a lift from Stevens a few years ago for Windy Ridge.

        At this point, it’s just a rumor, though.

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  7. Donald Reif December 27, 2019 / 11:56 am

    How much shorter is Skyline with the movement of the bottom terminal to accommodate the Brooks Express?


  8. Vaughn March 5, 2020 / 10:38 am

    I was just at Steven’s Pass. I was told they usually run Kehr’s between 440-470, and more frequently on the low end. I suspect 450 should be a reasonable average.


  9. CJ Kindel May 20, 2020 / 4:39 pm

    Does anyone recall which double riblet was yellow in the past at Stevens? I purchased one of the surplus Brooks chairs and under the black paint is yellow. Trying to figure out where it cam from, as Brooks was not yellow as far as I remember.


    • Enumclaw kid May 20, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      Big Chief as I recall. Barrier was red, Blue Jay was blue, Brooks was that teal color.


  10. Ben February 12, 2021 / 9:49 pm

    I was trying to find old Stevens Pass pictures and I came across a forum on Even though I logged in, I was unable to view the images. If someone has access to the forum, would they please reupload the images to Imgur or something so they are more accessible? Thanks. Here is the link.


    • pbropetech May 25, 2021 / 9:02 am

      There are quite a few older forum posts on skilifts that we have not been able to recover attachments from. The site went through lot over the years, some of which I don’t know all the details, but unfortunately some of the data are lost. I tried accessing it through my admin account but no joy.


      • ne_skier May 25, 2021 / 9:08 am

        If you didn’t create an account before it died, you’re pretty much out of luck, as it will never send the verification email. Apparently the site was run by a guy named Bill, but another guy named Cameron took all the pics and coded the site. It got super popular, but in 2009 Bill got in trouble with the law and sold the website to pay for a lawyer. The new owner locked Cameron out of the site and it hasn’t been updated since.


        • Peter Landsman May 25, 2021 / 9:23 am

          Fun fact: I made an offer to buy in 2015 but it was declined and that’s when I started Lift Blog.

          Liked by 6 people

        • 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 𝖍𝖔𝖗𝖓𝖊𝖙 May 25, 2021 / 9:30 am

          I made an account in January and it worked for me somehow. I dont know how it took me multiple tries though.


        • pbropetech May 26, 2021 / 1:05 pm

          You can still create an account. The new owner is super busy with his real job, as are the rest of the administrative staff (of which, full disclosure, I’m one) but eventually a new account will be approved. The approval process is still manual as well, hence the delay. The forum has really transitioned to a maintenance and operations discussion- seems most of the folks not directly involved in the industry have come here instead. I’m not sure how much longer the site will operate as it has in the past because of that. There has been talk of pulling the plug on the public-access side and making the industry side the focus- at which point the name will change and will probably cease to exist. We’ll see.

          Liked by 1 person

        • pbropetech May 26, 2021 / 1:12 pm

          Also, Bill took many of the photos, and I had a few as well.


        • Myles Svec May 26, 2021 / 1:38 pm

 claims I have an account and when I sign in with the right email and password it claims it’s wrong or the account does not exist.


        • Utah Powder Skier May 26, 2021 / 3:06 pm

          Since there isn’t another relevant place to talk about account problems, I’m bringing it up here. I was able to create an account, but it doesn’t allow me to do anything with it. It will say on every forum that “You cannot reply to this topic” on forums that are clearly still going on and aren’t shut down. Is this an issue on by end, or’s end?


        • ne_skier May 26, 2021 / 7:31 pm

          I see value in the forums, just since a ton of people know about the insider-y bits about the industry. Virtually all of my info on small, more local lift brands come from those forums, and I’ve been able to piece together info to make some pretty good biographies on plenty of lift brands. I happen to know the owner (Friend of my dad’s high school friend) and I’ve been giving him some info over the years, he’s got his own life and job and therefore can’t contribute much time to the site. I wrote up ~16 completely rewritten resort profiles for him and tons of pictures, planning to include rewritten brand info as well.


  11. 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 𝖍𝖔𝖗𝖓𝖊𝖙 March 3, 2021 / 9:31 am

    Wheres the master plan? Cant find it


    • Myles Svec May 25, 2021 / 9:34 am



      • 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 𝖍𝖔𝖗𝖓𝖊𝖙 May 25, 2021 / 2:43 pm



  12. Anthony May 24, 2021 / 9:08 pm

    Sounds a lot like Vail is planning on axing Steven Pass’ mountain bike park. They won’t be operating again this summer despite dramatically reduced COVID-19 regulations. Stevens Pass is (was?) the only lift-served mountain biking in Washington State.


      • Anthony May 24, 2021 / 9:28 pm

        Sounds like they’re still waiting on permits so it could be an abbreviated season if they get the go-ahead.

        Sure seems like Vail is just completely ceding summer operations in the PNW to Alterra and Boyne. And more than anything else, our regional resorts like Bachelor, Timberline, Mission Ridge, and Schweitzer. (Not that I’m complaining about that.)

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        • Ryan Murphy May 27, 2021 / 11:02 am

          It seems like another point locals are holding against Vail. They aren’t really loved anywhere, but no one seems to hate them quite like PNW locals. It feels like something needs to give; either Vail caves to the local demands at Stevens, they lose the core skier group to other mountains (Crystal), or Vail sells Stevens. The current situation seems a bit untenable to me.


        • The thing about Vail is that they put non-skiers/snowboarders run the mountain and those guys just mess things up. Vail does spend a fortune upgrading lifts but it isn’t that worth it if they just ruined the mountain. Alterra doesn’t spend as much money on their ski resorts but they actually care about you and they want the resorts to be how they were when Alterra didn’t own them. The best thing for us is that Vail sells Stevens and Alterra picks it up because then with the Ikon Pass you can visit Crystal, Stevens, and Snoqualmie.


        • David May 27, 2021 / 11:57 am

          Vail hasn’t exactly developed Stevens either. Sure they upgraded Brooks and Daisy but Stevens desperately needs an updated lodge, expanded parking, more terrain (Northern Exposure and Grace Lakes in their master plan for example), and improved road situation (that’s on WSDOT but they can advocate for it).


        • Anthony May 27, 2021 / 12:21 pm

          I agree that the situation seems untenable. They’re really alienating a passionate base and are going to have to either recommit or accept that they’re going to get terrible overall performance out of this purchase. I think it’s extremely unlikely that they sell, but the current situation is really hurting their brand in the PNW. Some of the changes and ops challenges at Whistler certainly haven’t helped.


  13. evilcamels134 July 25, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    New-ish (2020) comline on a skid at the top of Double Diamond/Southern Cross. Length of cable indicates a replacement for that combo-chair.

    Didn’t take a photo, but half of Hogsback’s chairs were on the service rail too (as many as they can fit)


  14. Anthony December 24, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an individual Vail-owned resort do anything like this. Acknowledging serious issues with operations so far this season. Of course, they don’t offer any solutions or proactive next steps, but it’s telling that they felt they needed to do this.

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  15. Kirk December 28, 2021 / 12:49 pm

    Seems like classic Corporate detached management from Broomfield.
    Stevens Pass is going to be a tougher nut to crack from them.


  16. Vail :( January 5, 2022 / 9:26 pm

    Stevens Pass is just a dumpster fire at this point. 2 of 4 lifts get evacuated due to power outages and Brooks is closed for “COVID restrictions” what a joke.


    • Donald Reif January 6, 2022 / 6:16 am

      Power outages caused by downed trees isn’t exactly something the resort can do much about.


      • Somebody January 6, 2022 / 1:11 pm

        Rope evacuations caused by power failures are exactly the kinds of things the resort can do something about.


        • Donald Reif January 6, 2022 / 2:04 pm

          There are only so many kinds of irregular operations they can have contingencies for.


    • Kirk January 6, 2022 / 7:51 am

      Anybody that’s familiar with the EPIC demise (detached corporate management with to many decisions made remotely at Broomfield and not at an individual resort) should not be surprised by Vail operations going from bad to worse


      • Donald Reif January 6, 2022 / 8:39 am

        Downed trees are not their fault because that’s more an act of God than anything.


        • Kirk January 6, 2022 / 7:00 pm

          So you think GOD caused the tree to fall on the powerline? Would love to to know your reasoning or see some evidence of that.


  17. Riley September 21, 2022 / 11:33 am

    Found a circa late ‘50s photo of the old Barrier double. Riblet must have replaced the wooden portals at some point right? Hard to believe it lasted in this state into the ‘90s.


    • Evilcamels September 21, 2022 / 12:57 pm

      Great picture, interesting to see that Skyline lake & Yodelin are clear cut.

      iirc, The portals were carryover from the T-bar. I think we can date this as 54-68 as Brooks doesn’t exist yet, very hard to tell it Big Chief is in the distance but I don’t think so (1964). With the amount of wear in the snow above the ramp, I think this is after 7th heaven was built (1960) as you would need to sidestep up to the rope tow from the top of Barrier. So my guess is 1960-1963


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