Topic: Stevens Pass
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November 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain resorts are opening early this weekend after the first significant snow hit the Cascades Friday.
About 10 inches of snow accumulated at 3,000 feet at Snoqualmie Pass, according to the National Weather Service, and 21 inches piled up at 4,000 feet at Stevens Pass.
More precipitation is expected Monday, but that forecast calls for snow near the 5,000-foot level.
Crystal got 12 inches in 24 hours and opened at 9 a.m. today with two lifts running, said marketing director Tiana Enger. The lifts will be open until 2:30 p.m., she said, and tickets are discounted to $25.
“We’ll assess conditions this afternoon to make the call whether we’re open tomorrow,” she said.
Stevens Pass this morning reported 20 inches of new snow and a 29-inch base. The resort is open from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. The Hogsback and Daisy lifts, as well as the rope tow, are operating Saturday, said marketing manager Nate Escalona.
Stevens had set its tentative opening for Nov. 22, and considers Saturday and Sunday a “soft opening.” Escalona said he’ll know tomorrow if the resort will stay open during the coming week.
Reporter Mark Yuasa learned yesterday that the Mount Baker Ski Area is looking at possibly opening by Wednesday or sooner.
Here’s more of what Yuasa had to say about Whistler (which is open today) and the status of other resorts.
December 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM
Two adult children and the son-in-law of the couple killed on Highway 2 near Leavenworth Friday remained at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday, all in serious but stable condition.
Three children of Bothell residents Timothy Owen and Cheryl Janine Reed were passengers in the Chevrolet Suburban driven by Owen when it was struck by a falling tree.
Jessica Owen, Jaime Owen Mayer and her husband, Steven Mayer, were transferred Saturday to Harborview from Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Their son, Jeremy Owen, was treated at Central Washington Hospital and released.
The accident was the first of two that in total left two dead and nine injured. The pass, closed by officials on Saturday, was reopened Tuesday afternoon.
December 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM
The Associated Press
State transportation officials who feared Highway 2 would remain closed between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass announced the passage had reopened late Tuesday.
The 35-mile stretch of highway was closed Saturday after accidents involving downed trees left a Bothell couple dead and several people injured.
At about 3:15 p.m. on Christmas, state transportation officials announced the highway was reopened to traffic.
The highway is one of two primary east-west routes through the mountains usually open during the winter.
About 7,000 to 10,000 drivers cross Stevens Pass on a typical holiday and for much of Christmas, they had to cross the mountains on Snoqualmie and Blewett passes this year.
The Stevens Pass trees bent under snow that fell a week ago. The trees toppled because the ground wasn’t frozen solid enough yet to stabilize the trees under the heavy load, said state Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Adamson.
The DOT’s maintenance supervisor for Stevens Pass has been working in that area for 30 years and had never seen conditions like he saw before the road reopened, he said.
On Sunday, the transportation department said dozens of trees that had been slumped over the roadway since Saturday had straightened after shedding the excess snow on their branches. They were no longer a threat.
The National Weather Service in Spokane has forecast low temperatures in the teens and 20s through next weekend for the Lake Wenatchee area. But more snow is also predicted, with a 30 percent chance Wednesday.
December 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Highway 2 is still closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth. Traffic can still reach the summit from the west, but drivers trying to go east of that will have to use alternate routes such as US 97 Blewett Pass to I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Traction tires are still advised for open areas of the highway, which are still expected to be icy.
Dozens of snow-laden trees are still leaning over the highway and a Christmas Day snowstorm is expected to weigh even more trees down with as much as eight more inches of snow, according to WSDOT. Downed trees have killed two people and injured nine since Friday, in a pair of crashes about 15 miles east of the pass.
“At least four more large trees crashed to the roadway overnight, and there is no way to estimate a reopening time,” said WSDOT regional administrator Dan Sarles in a statement. “Given what has happened at the pass, this is the right decision to make for the safety of drivers and our workers.”
If the hazardous tree conditions persist, WSDOT says they’ll try using a helicopter to blow snow from the trees on Wednesday.
Conditions at Snoqualmie Pass are good today. Crews will be doing their best to keep Snoqualmie Pass clear while as much as 10 inches of snow falls there Christmas Day.
To check for updates on mountain pass conditions, check WSDOT’s website.
December 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
[This post has been updated. See the full story here at seattletimes.com.]
Highway 2 remained closed Sunday from the summit of Stevens Pass to Leavenworth, in both directions out of concern that more snow-laden trees could topple onto cars. Travelers were being advised to use Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass or Highway 97 across Blewett Pass.
On Friday, a Bothell couple was killed and family members injured, and on Saturday, five more people were injured, by collisions with fallen trees.
The highway was closed Saturday night about an hour after an Audi driven by Binay Pathak, 37, of Seattle, struck a downed tree. Pathak, along with two others — a 25-year-old woman, and a boy, 13 — were taken to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth, while two other females, ages 30 and 16, were taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, the State Patrol said in a news release. Troopers said one person was seriously injured in that accident — 22 miles west of Leavenworth —while four had relatively minor injuries.
About 1:20 p.m. Friday, a tree crashed onto an SUV about 21 miles west of Leavenworth. Timothy Owen, 58, and his wife, Janine Reed, 56, both of Bothell, died at the scene. The couple’s adult children and a son-in-law, all in their 20s, were hurt. Three are in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center as of Sunday night, while another sustained minor injuries.
December 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
A daughter of the couple killed on Highway 2 near Leavenworth Friday is in critical condition, and another in serious condition along with her husband.
The adult children of Bothell residents Timothy Owen and Cheryl Janine Reed were passengers in the Chevrolet Suburban driven by Owen, which was struck by a falling tree near Stevens Pass about 1:20 p.m.
Their oldest daughter, Jessica Owen, is in critical condition at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, a hospital spokeswoman said. Son Jeremy Reed was treated and released.
Their younger daughter, Jaime Owen Mayer and her husband, Steven Mayer, were transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where they were both reported to be in serious condition. All the children are in their 20s.
December 20, 2012 at 8:32 AM
The tragic tale of the massive avalanche that killed three people at the out-of-bounds Tunnel Creek ski run near Stevens Pass last February gets a detailed telling in a series that has started in The New York Times.
In the first chapter of “Snow Fall,” writer John Branch puts you with professional skier Elyse Saugstad, who was caught in the avalanche and swept down the mountain before coming to a stop, partially buried, unable to move, mummified, Branch writes.
“If you swim out in the ocean, the ocean’s always alive,” Saugstad said. “You can feel it. But the mountains feel like they’re asleep.”
There are six beautifully designed chapters in all, filled with informational graphics, videos and photos.
November 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Early this year, three experienced skiers were killed in an avalanche in the backcountry of Stevens Pass.
Megan Michelson, freeskiing editor for ESPN, survived that February outing. In Outside magazine this month, Michelson recounts the day and the horror of how a group of expert skiiers made a deadly mistake.
November 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM
After a sloppy morning commute, the afternoon traffic is flowing better than expected on Seattle-area highways.
“It actually looks like a normal Monday,” said Bronlea Mishler, a spokeswoman at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic-control center in Shoreline.
There were no major blocking crashes at 5:45 p.m., she said. Collisions were cleared earlier at the West Seattle Bridge exit of I-5, and at southbound Highway 99 near the Battery Street Tunnel.
Commuter trains were less fortunate. Mudslides canceled service on the Northline Sounder to Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett, until at least Wednesday afternoon. And the Southline Sounder to the Green River Valley, Tacoma and Lakewood was likely to be delayed 15 to 20 minutes per trip, said a Sound Transit alert.
Snoqualmie and Stevens passes are open, while North Cascades Highway is closed, at least temporarily.
There are many parts of the state, particularly the lower Columbia River area, where floods and downed trees are blocking state highways, Mishler said. Also, the city of Kirkland closed Totem Lake Boulevard because of standing water.
November 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM
By Mark Yuasa / Seattle Times staff reporter
The stormy weather that has pounded the region the past few days has been good news for ski resorts.
Stevens Pass Resort will open Tuesday, Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain resorts plan to open Wednesday, and Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort will open Friday.
Stevens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with the Brooks and Daisy chairlifts in operation. Lift tickets will be $20. Early season conditions exist so skiers and snowboarders should use caution. On Sunday night, 14 to 18 inches of new snow fell, bringing the base total to about 24 inches and 31 on top with more snowfall in the forecast.
Crystal Mountain Resort will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday with the Gondola, Green Valley and Rainier Express lifts operating. Much of the open areas are intermediate and expert terrain. Crystal plans to open Chinook and Forest Queen lifts by Friday, and possibly High Campbell for access to Powder Bowl on Friday, as well. Lift tickets on Wednesday will cost $45.
The base at Crystal is 20 inches and the summit has a depth of 40 inches, with 15 inches of new snow falling last night.
Mount Baker will have limited operations beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Heather Meadows area. Baker managers will assess conditions Tuesday and decide whether to open the lower White Salmon Base Area.
Mount Baker received 20 inches of snow overnight Sunday, and has a base of 41 inches at Heather Meadows and 50 inches on top of Pan Dome.
A warm front is expected to cause the freezing level to rise above 5,000 feet, but a cold front will bring much colder temperatures and more snow by late Tuesday and Wednesday, with 6 to 12 inches of new snow.
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