Washington’s East Side

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Total Zones
40

Publisher

Beacon Guidebooks

Washington's East Side Overview

In 1897, John Stevens found the passage for the Great Northern Railroad across a 4,000’ pass in the Cascades. Since then Stevens Pass’ place in history is thick with decades of travel, avalanches, ski areas and so much more. Stevens Pass is one of the essential gateways to the extraordinary backcountry possibilities that exist between I-90, US Highway 97, and US Highway 2. Over 300 tours, accessible via ski areas, roadside pullouts, and long snowmobile approaches make this region's diverse opportunities seem infinite. The East Side also provides a drier, colder snowpack—bringing blower pow (and persistent slabs) to the Cascades.

Zones Covered

Argonaut + Sherpa + Stuart
Routes
9
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
N,NE,E
Any high-caliber weapon needs a big barrel, and the Cannon Mountain Couloir is the Howitzer of the Icicle. It’s so long and straight that it’s easy to forget about the enjoyable bowls and ridges. This is the core of the Enchantments and home to the high alpine peaks of Stuart, Colchuck and Dragontail. Steep couloirs, technical descents, and a few glaciers make this a classic spring zone. Situated deep in the wilderness, this zone steps the commitment level up to 11.
Routes
  • Argonaut + Sherpa + Stuart Approach
  • Stuart Lake Approach
  • Argonaut NE Couloir
  • Argonaut NW Couloir
  • Sherpa NE Couloir
  • Sherpa North Face
  • Sherpa NW Couloir
  • Sherpa Glacier
  • Ice Cliff
Arrowhead Mountain
Routes
4
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
The Great Northern Railroad built a tunnel here to get through the Cascades and left the old growth glades intact for generations to enjoy. Go past the ridge and step into Jim’s World: big trees, big faces, big vert!
Routes
  • Arrowhead Approach
  • Arrowhead
  • East Arrow
  • Bent Arrow
Bean Basin
Routes
6
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
W
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • Bean Basin Approach
  • String Bean
  • J's East
  • Mary's
  • South Bean
  • Earl Peak Chutes
Big Chiwaukum
Routes
3
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
NW,N
A giant path calls to you like a siren. Tread carefully and be rewarded, or be dashed into the rocks like the ancient Greek sailors. Chiwaukum is a Wenatchi word meaning “place where many streams come together.” The Chiwaukum Range offers some of the biggest non-glaciated alpine touring experience in the Cascades, giving you an opportunity to ride above-timberline bowls and chutes without a glacier kit (woot woot!).
Routes
  • Big Chiwaukum Approach
  • Northwest Couloir
  • Big C Couloir
Big Jim
Routes
5
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
NE,E,SE,S,SW
A giant path calls to you like a siren. Tread carefully and be rewarded, or be dashed into the rocks like the ancient Greek sailors. Chiwaukum is a Wenatchi word meaning “place where many streams come together.” The Chiwaukum Range offers some of the biggest non-glaciated alpine touring experience in the Cascades, giving you an opportunity to ride above-timberline bowls and chutes without a glacier kit (woot woot!). Big Jim sits within the Chiwaukum Range, offering big vert in a remote setting. A local legend, Jim Jack spent some quality time opening up some of the steepest in the region, and we see why!
Routes
  • Big Jim Approach
  • Big Jim
  • JJ Bowl
  • Big Jim Jack Couloir
  • Lake Augusta
Cannon Mountain Couloir
Routes
2
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
W,NW,N,NE,E
Any high-caliber weapon needs a big barrel, and the Cannon Mountain Couloir is the Howitzer of the Icicle. It’s so long and straight that it’s easy to forget about the enjoyable bowls and ridges. This is the core of the Enchantments and home to the high alpine peaks of Stuart, Colchuck and Dragontail. Steep couloirs, technical descents, and a few glaciers make this a classic spring zone. Situated deep in the wilderness, this zone steps the commitment level up to 11.
Routes
  • Cannon Mountain Couloir Approach
  • Cannon Mountain Couloir
Cannon Mountain Northwest
Routes
4
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
W,NW,N,NE,E
Any high-caliber weapon needs a big barrel, and the Cannon Mountain Couloir is the Howitzer of the Icicle. It’s so long and straight that it’s easy to forget about the enjoyable bowls and ridges. This is the core of the Enchantments and home to the high alpine peaks of Stuart, Colchuck and Dragontail. Steep couloirs, technical descents, and a few glaciers make this a classic spring zone. Situated deep in the wilderness, this zone steps the commitment level up to 11.
Routes
  • Cannon Mountain NW Approach
  • Northwest Face
  • Hel Basin North
  • Hel Basin
Colchuck Lake
Routes
6
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
N
Any high-caliber weapon needs a big barrel, and the Cannon Mountain Couloir is the Howitzer of the Icicle. It’s so long and straight that it’s easy to forget about the enjoyable bowls and ridges. This is the core of the Enchantments and home to the high alpine peaks of Stuart, Colchuck and Dragontail. Steep couloirs, technical descents, and a few glaciers make this a classic spring zone. Situated deep in the wilderness, this zone steps the commitment level up to 11.
Routes
  • Colchuck Lake DT Approach
  • Asgard Pass
  • Dragontail Triple Couloirs
  • Colchuck Glacier
  • NE Couloir
  • NE Buttress Couloir
Diamond Head
Routes
5
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
W,NW,N,NE,E
Blewett Pass is the gift that keeps on giving; sheltered, low-angle terrain make it a beginner’s paradise. Limited exposure in most of the zone allows for people to try meadow skipping and low-angle trees in dry conditions, even when it’s raining elsewhere. The crown of Blewett Pass, Diamond Head, sounds like a rock ballad—and it does rock, offering the longest, steepest runs as well as the most exposure in the whole area.
Routes
  • Diamond Head Approach
  • DH Central
  • DH West
  • Rock Slide Right
  • Rock Slide Left
Eightmile Mountain
Routes
7
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
Cashmere is more than just a great sweater. In this case, it’s the centerpiece of the Icicle, with great lines and vertical relief high enough to inspire skiers to train harder. Just beyond is Eight Mile Lake, which is easy to overlook, thanks to its surroundings—but 5 star tours await for those who can see past the bling.
Routes
  • Eightmile Approach
  • Axis Peak Approach
  • Axis Peak South Face
  • Axis NE Couloir
  • Hi-Jack Peak
  • Eightmile South Face
  • Eightmile NE Face
Enchantment Lakes
Routes
12
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
ALL
Any high-caliber weapon needs a big barrel, and the Cannon Mountain Couloir is the Howitzer of the Icicle. It’s so long and straight that it’s easy to forget about the enjoyable bowls and ridges. This is the core of the Enchantments and home to the high alpine peaks of Stuart, Colchuck and Dragontail. Steep couloirs, technical descents, and a few glaciers make this a classic spring zone. Situated deep in the wilderness, this zone steps the commitment level up to 11.
Routes
  • Colchuck Lake Approach
  • McClellan
  • Sprite
  • Little Annapurna
  • Lil Ann
  • Iso
  • Dragon's Backside
  • Enchanted
  • Prusik
  • Prusik North Bowl
  • Tranquil Lake
  • Thieves in the Temple
Esmeralda North
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
N,NE
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • Esmeralda Approach
  • Esmeralda's
  • Pipeline
  • Ridge 2
  • Bird Ridge
  • Ridge 1
  • North Bowl
  • Main Line
Gemini
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
Welcome to Stevens Pass, the Gateway to Hwy. 2 and the Central Cascades! Vail Corporation owns Stevens Pass and regulates its access. All terrain described here requires a ski pass to ride the lifts or a check-in with ski patrol to ensure uphill travel is open. The backside of Stevens offers some amazing hike and skin lines from Gemini Pass below the powerlines. Head north off the ridge from Big Chief to discover bowls and trees that you can cycle back without skins—backcountry with benefits. Ski touring at “The Pass” centers around Skyline Ridge, where a road from the parking lot allows access to the good for everyone from birders to snowboarders. Go a little further, and you’ll hit Tye Peak and leave the masses behind to access long, northeasterly runs sure to put a smile on your face. Once you drop over Skyline, climb up Tye Peak to claim your Happiness.
Routes
  • Burn Approach
  • Mill Creek Burn
  • Valentine Trees
  • Mushroom Chute
  • Cat Food
  • Fleur de Lis
  • North Face
  • Shoulda Woulda Coulda
Grace
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
Welcome to Stevens Pass, the Gateway to Hwy. 2 and the Central Cascades! Vail Corporation owns Stevens Pass and regulates its access. All terrain described here requires a ski pass to ride the lifts or a check-in with ski patrol to ensure uphill travel is open. The backside of Stevens offers some amazing hike and skin lines from Gemini Pass below the powerlines. Head north off the ridge from Big Chief to discover bowls and trees that you can cycle back without skins—backcountry with benefits. Ski touring at “The Pass” centers around Skyline Ridge, where a road from the parking lot allows access to the good for everyone from birders to snowboarders. Go a little further, and you’ll hit Tye Peak and leave the masses behind to access long, northeasterly runs sure to put a smile on your face. Once you drop over Skyline, climb up Tye Peak to claim your Happiness.
Routes
  • Grace Approach
  • Bombs Below Tokyo
  • GL Bowl
  • Hartman's
  • Ian's
  • Mini Gully
  • Resort Entry
  • Shire
High Ingalls
Routes
15
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • Ingalls Peak Approach
  • Fortune Peak Approach
  • Fortune Bowl
  • East Fortune
  • South Ingalls
  • Lake Line
  • Preserves
  • Fog Light
  • Longs Pass
  • No Skimo
  • High Beams
  • Cry Wolf
  • Goat
  • Long Leash
  • Headlight Bowl
Highland
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
Welcome to Stevens Pass, the Gateway to Hwy. 2 and the Central Cascades! Vail Corporation owns Stevens Pass and regulates its access. All terrain described here requires a ski pass to ride the lifts or a check-in with ski patrol to ensure uphill travel is open. The backside of Stevens offers some amazing hike and skin lines from Gemini Pass below the powerlines. Head north off the ridge from Big Chief to discover bowls and trees that you can cycle back without skins—backcountry with benefits. Ski touring at “The Pass” centers around Skyline Ridge, where a road from the parking lot allows access to the good for everyone from birders to snowboarders. Go a little further, and you’ll hit Tye Peak and leave the masses behind to access long, northeasterly runs sure to put a smile on your face. Once you drop over Skyline, climb up Tye Peak to claim your Happiness.
Routes
  • Cabin Runs
  • Wenatchee Bowl
  • See Yo
  • East Highlands Bowl
  • The Knuckle
  • Highland Bowl
  • Jailbreak Trees
  • Boundary Trees
Howard and Mastiff
Routes
4
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
SE,S,SW
Steep and seldom seen, the Rock-Nason zone offers long runs and small crowds. Spend a night or challenge yourself to a big day and complete the classic Rock-Mastiff Traverse!
Routes
  • How Can Lakeward
  • Lost Mastiff
  • Nason Ridge
  • WWDCD?
Ingalls Creek
Routes
12
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
E,SE,S,SW
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • Approach via Direct Cascadian
  • Colchuck Peak/Porcupine Creek Approach
  • West Ridge Couloir
  • Ulrich's Couloir
  • Direct Cascadian
  • Cascadian East
  • Sherpa South
  • Southwest Couloir
  • Porcupine Creek
  • How to Ride a Dragon
  • Iso
  • Crystal Creek
Iron Peak
Routes
6
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
SE,S
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • NYE Approach
  • Three Iron
  • Gold Bowl
  • Middle Finger
  • NYE Bowl
  • Exit Line
Jim Hill Mountain
Routes
5
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
The Great Northern Railroad built a tunnel here to get through the Cascades and left the old growth glades intact for generations to enjoy. Go past the ridge and step into Jim’s World: big trees, big faces, big vert!
Routes
  • Jim Hill Approach
  • Big Jim
  • In the Middle of Jim
  • Jim North Bowl
  • East Jim
Koppen
Routes
6
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NE,E
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • Ridge Runner Approach
  • Koppen Trees Approach
  • Triangle Trees
  • Koppen Spines
  • Koppen Trees
  • Fingers
Lanham
Routes
6
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
The Great Northern Railroad built a tunnel here to get through the Cascades and left the old growth glades intact for generations to enjoy. Go past the ridge and step into Jim’s World: big trees, big faces, big vert!
Routes
  • Lanham Approach
  • 1-2 Trees
  • Lanham Trees
  • High Lanham
  • Back 9
  • Lanham South
Lichtenberg
Routes
9
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
SE,S,SW
History tells us there was a ski area here; nature tells a different story. Alder defends some of the lower runs, but fight through and you’ll find lovely, gladed, moderately pitched runs that cater to those looking for their first ski tours with fun, sheltered riding. Across the road, large and in charge, Lichtenberg and Moonlight Bowl loom almost 3,000’ over the Yodelin Cabins and the east side of Nason Creek. The cabins are the site of one of the worst avalanche accidents in Pacific Northwest history. Shortly after midnight on January 24, 1971, a large avalanche swept down Moonlight Bowl and through the cabins, killing four people. Today these big, steep, open slopes release their fury frequently, leaving amazingly fun ski lines behind. Yes, passing under and through larger avalanche paths keeps the crowds down and the days few. But once you’re there, it feels like a passage to the “Great Beyond,” with glades, couloirs, and bowls all worthy of the gods! Just a few miles to the east, another long approach up the Smithbrook road gives way to glades and bowls with plenty of fresh tracks. Snowmobiles help get you deeper.
Routes
  • Lichtenberg Approach
  • South Face
  • South Ribs
  • South Glades
  • Wasteland
  • Southwest Face
  • Lake Valhalla Trees
  • Solstice Gully
  • Solstice Trees
Longsaway Peak + Esmeralda South
Routes
6
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
S,SW,W
The Yakama called the Teanaway River Tyawnawí-ins, which means salmon drying place. It remains the dry side with open bowls, fun glades, and a few long couloirs, making this zone a winter powder mecca with a long approach typically achieved with a snowmobile.
Routes
  • Esmeralda Approach
  • Home Run
  • Longs Way Home
  • Mine Shaft
  • Long Line
  • The Gash
Mission Ridge
Routes
5
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NE
Mission Ridge is home to one of the best ski areas in Washington—and terrain that feels like it belongs in Idaho or Utah. Fun bowls and open glades make this spot an amazing zone for a weekend getaway from the Wetside.
Routes
  • Mission Peak
  • Marion Lake
  • Naneum
  • Stemilt Basin
  • SB Central
Moonlight Bowl
Routes
2
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
E,SE
Welcome to Stevens Pass, the Gateway to Hwy. 2 and the Central Cascades! Vail Corporation owns Stevens Pass and regulates its access. All terrain described here requires a ski pass to ride the lifts or a check-in with ski patrol to ensure uphill travel is open. The backside of Stevens offers some amazing hike and skin lines from Gemini Pass below the powerlines. Head north off the ridge from Big Chief to discover bowls and trees that you can cycle back without skins—backcountry with benefits. Ski touring at “The Pass” centers around Skyline Ridge, where a road from the parking lot allows access to the good for everyone from birders to snowboarders. Go a little further, and you’ll hit Tye Peak and leave the masses behind to access long, northeasterly runs sure to put a smile on your face. Once you drop over Skyline, climb up Tye Peak to claim your Happiness.
Routes
  • Stormy's
  • Moonlight Bowl
Red
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
N,NE,E
Kittitas Valley was a traditional gathering place for tribes east of the Cascades, who spent winters in permanent settlements of mat-covered longhouses and fished and hunted from spring to autumn. One meaning of the name Kittitas comes from the bread made from the root kous, called kit-tit, that grew in the valley, and tash, meaning “place of existence.” Cle Elum was a Yakama word, Tie-el-Lum, meaning “swift water,” which defines this area with its deep river valleys flowing from glaciated peaks. Salmon La Sac opens up your world to the deep east, where the glaciated peaks mingle with deep, old-growth valleys and groomed snowmobile roads.
Routes
  • Red Mountain Groomed
  • Red Basin #3
  • Red Rocket
  • Point 5360
  • Red Glades
  • Red Basin #1
  • #2 North
  • Red Direct
Red Rocket Rib
Routes
3
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
NE,E,SE,S,SW
Cashmere is more than just a great sweater. In this case, it’s the centerpiece of the Icicle, with great lines and vertical relief high enough to inspire skiers to train harder. Just beyond is Eight Mile Lake, which is easy to overlook, thanks to its surroundings—but 5 star tours await for those who can see past the bling.
Routes
  • Red Rocket Rib Approach
  • Red Rocket Rib
  • Cashmere North Face
Rock Mountain
Routes
3
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
SE,S,SW
Steep and seldom seen, the Rock-Nason zone offers long runs and small crowds. Spend a night or challenge yourself to a big day and complete the classic Rock-Mastiff Traverse!
Routes
  • Rock Mountain Approach
  • Rock On
  • Rock North Face
Sick Day
Routes
5
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NE,E,SE,S,SW
Cashmere is more than just a great sweater. In this case, it’s the centerpiece of the Icicle, with great lines and vertical relief high enough to inspire skiers to train harder. Just beyond is Eight Mile Lake, which is easy to overlook, thanks to its surroundings—but 5 star tours await for those who can see past the bling.
Routes
  • Dr Bob Approach
  • Prince
  • Hooky Bowl
  • Dr Bob
  • Cool Aid Bowl
Skyline
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
SE,S,SW
Welcome to Stevens Pass, the Gateway to Hwy. 2 and the Central Cascades! Vail Corporation owns Stevens Pass and regulates its access. All terrain described here requires a ski pass to ride the lifts or a check-in with ski patrol to ensure uphill travel is open. The backside of Stevens offers some amazing hike and skin lines from Gemini Pass below the powerlines. Head north off the ridge from Big Chief to discover bowls and trees that you can cycle back without skins—backcountry with benefits. Ski touring at “The Pass” centers around Skyline Ridge, where a road from the parking lot allows access to the good for everyone from birders to snowboarders. Go a little further, and you’ll hit Tye Peak and leave the masses behind to access long, northeasterly runs sure to put a smile on your face. Once you drop over Skyline, climb up Tye Peak to claim your Happiness.
Routes
  • Skyline Approach
  • Another Short Line
  • Short 'n Sweet
  • Highway Chutes
  • Kiddie Pool
  • Diving Board
  • Skyline Far West
  • Skyline Exit
The Swath
Routes
3
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
NW,N
A giant path calls to you like a siren. Tread carefully and be rewarded, or be dashed into the rocks like the ancient Greek sailors. Chiwaukum is a Wenatchi word meaning “place where many streams come together.” The Chiwaukum Range offers some of the biggest non-glaciated alpine touring experience in the Cascades, giving you an opportunity to ride above-timberline bowls and chutes without a glacier kit (woot woot!).
Routes
  • The Swath Approach
  • The Big 5-0
  • The Swath
Tye
Routes
7
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
N,NE,E,SE,S
Welcome to Stevens Pass, the Gateway to Hwy. 2 and the Central Cascades! Vail Corporation owns Stevens Pass and regulates its access. All terrain described here requires a ski pass to ride the lifts or a check-in with ski patrol to ensure uphill travel is open. The backside of Stevens offers some amazing hike and skin lines from Gemini Pass below the powerlines. Head north off the ridge from Big Chief to discover bowls and trees that you can cycle back without skins—backcountry with benefits. Ski touring at “The Pass” centers around Skyline Ridge, where a road from the parking lot allows access to the good for everyone from birders to snowboarders. Go a little further, and you’ll hit Tye Peak and leave the masses behind to access long, northeasterly runs sure to put a smile on your face. Once you drop over Skyline, climb up Tye Peak to claim your Happiness.
Routes
  • Tye Approach
  • Skyline Bowl East
  • Skyline Bowl West
  • Tye East Face
  • Tye North Face
  • Happy Face
  • Happier Face
Union and Jove
Routes
10
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
ALL
History tells us there was a ski area here; nature tells a different story. Alder defends some of the lower runs, but fight through and you’ll find lovely, gladed, moderately pitched runs that cater to those looking for their first ski tours with fun, sheltered riding. Across the road, large and in charge, Lichtenberg and Moonlight Bowl loom almost 3,000’ over the Yodelin Cabins and the east side of Nason Creek. The cabins are the site of one of the worst avalanche accidents in Pacific Northwest history. Shortly after midnight on January 24, 1971, a large avalanche swept down Moonlight Bowl and through the cabins, killing four people. Today these big, steep, open slopes release their fury frequently, leaving amazingly fun ski lines behind. Yes, passing under and through larger avalanche paths keeps the crowds down and the days few. But once you’re there, it feels like a passage to the “Great Beyond,” with glades, couloirs, and bowls all worthy of the gods! Just a few miles to the east, another long approach up the Smithbrook road gives way to glades and bowls with plenty of fresh tracks. Snowmobiles help get you deeper.
Routes
  • Union Gap Approach
  • Jove Peak Approach
  • Union Peak Northeast
  • Union South
  • Union East
  • Jove'n
  • By Jove
  • Union Peak NW
  • Ridges
  • Union Peak Exit
Valhalla
Routes
8
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
ALL
History tells us there was a ski area here; nature tells a different story. Alder defends some of the lower runs, but fight through and you’ll find lovely, gladed, moderately pitched runs that cater to those looking for their first ski tours with fun, sheltered riding. Across the road, large and in charge, Lichtenberg and Moonlight Bowl loom almost 3,000’ over the Yodelin Cabins and the east side of Nason Creek. The cabins are the site of one of the worst avalanche accidents in Pacific Northwest history. Shortly after midnight on January 24, 1971, a large avalanche swept down Moonlight Bowl and through the cabins, killing four people. Today these big, steep, open slopes release their fury frequently, leaving amazingly fun ski lines behind. Yes, passing under and through larger avalanche paths keeps the crowds down and the days few. But once you’re there, it feels like a passage to the “Great Beyond,” with glades, couloirs, and bowls all worthy of the gods! Just a few miles to the east, another long approach up the Smithbrook road gives way to glades and bowls with plenty of fresh tracks. Snowmobiles help get you deeper.
Routes
  • Valhalla Approach
  • Odin Bowl
  • Loki Chute
  • Ragnarok Couloir
  • South Face MacC
  • Thor Glades
  • Valhalla
  • Rapid River Trees
Van Epps
Routes
16
ATES Level
2
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
Kittitas Valley was a traditional gathering place for tribes east of the Cascades, who spent winters in permanent settlements of mat-covered longhouses and fished and hunted from spring to autumn. One meaning of the name Kittitas comes from the bread made from the root kous, called kit-tit, that grew in the valley, and tash, meaning “place of existence.” Cle Elum was a Yakama word, Tie-el-Lum, meaning “swift water,” which defines this area with its deep river valleys flowing from glaciated peaks. Salmon La Sac opens up your world to the deep east, where the glaciated peaks mingle with deep, old-growth valleys and groomed snowmobile roads.
Routes
  • Van Epps Approach
  • Scatter Peak East Bowl
  • Scatter Van
  • Burnout Bowl
  • Solomon Couloir
  • Beer Can Meadow
  • Fortune Knob Pillows
  • Huckleberry Bowls
  • Pass Pillows
  • Mushroom Pillows
  • Spirits
  • Nibbles
  • Van Epps Main Line
  • Growler Face
  • Sled Line
  • Camp Trees
Victoria
Routes
8
ATES Level
3
General Aspect
NE,E,SE,S,SW
Cashmere is more than just a great sweater. In this case, it’s the centerpiece of the Icicle, with great lines and vertical relief high enough to inspire skiers to train harder. Just beyond is Eight Mile Lake, which is easy to overlook, thanks to its surroundings—but 5 star tours await for those who can see past the bling.
Routes
  • Victoria Approach
  • My Space Approach
  • Palm Tree Approach
  • My Space Couloir
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Lake Victoria Run
  • Palm Tree Couloir
  • Goat's Breath Couloir
Windy Knob
Routes
17
ATES Level
1
General Aspect
NW,N,NE
Blewett Pass is the gift that keeps on giving; sheltered, low-angle terrain make it a beginner’s paradise. Limited exposure in most of the zone allows for people to try meadow skipping and low-angle trees in dry conditions, even when it’s raining elsewhere. The crown of Blewett Pass, Diamond Head, sounds like a rock ballad—and it does rock, offering the longest, steepest runs as well as the most exposure in the whole area.
Routes
  • Tronsen Approach
  • TH East
  • Tronsen Breakover
  • Tronsen Glades
  • The Stash
  • TH Northwest
  • WK North Slope
  • WK Central
  • WK Northwest
  • Rock Glacier
  • Diamond Trees
  • Diamond Open
  • County Line
  • Meadow Trees
  • Swauk Meadows
  • Small Trees Short
  • Small Trees
Yodelin
Routes
9
ATES Level
1
General Aspect
W,NW
History tells us there was a ski area here; nature tells a different story. Alder defends some of the lower runs, but fight through and you’ll find lovely, gladed, moderately pitched runs that cater to those looking for their first ski tours with fun, sheltered riding. Across the road, large and in charge, Lichtenberg and Moonlight Bowl loom almost 3,000’ over the Yodelin Cabins and the east side of Nason Creek. The cabins are the site of one of the worst avalanche accidents in Pacific Northwest history. Shortly after midnight on January 24, 1971, a large avalanche swept down Moonlight Bowl and through the cabins, killing four people. Today these big, steep, open slopes release their fury frequently, leaving amazingly fun ski lines behind. Yes, passing under and through larger avalanche paths keeps the crowds down and the days few. But once you’re there, it feels like a passage to the “Great Beyond,” with glades, couloirs, and bowls all worthy of the gods! Just a few miles to the east, another long approach up the Smithbrook road gives way to glades and bowls with plenty of fresh tracks. Snowmobiles help get you deeper.
Routes
  • Yodelin Approach
  • North Trees
  • Big Trees
  • Silver Fir
  • Center Bowl
  • Chairline
  • Shakedown
  • Exit Trees
  • Lower Chair
Yodelin Backside
Routes
5
ATES Level
1
General Aspect
SE,S
History tells us there was a ski area here; nature tells a different story. Alder defends some of the lower runs, but fight through and you’ll find lovely, gladed, moderately pitched runs that cater to those looking for their first ski tours with fun, sheltered riding. Across the road, large and in charge, Lichtenberg and Moonlight Bowl loom almost 3,000’ over the Yodelin Cabins and the east side of Nason Creek. The cabins are the site of one of the worst avalanche accidents in Pacific Northwest history. Shortly after midnight on January 24, 1971, a large avalanche swept down Moonlight Bowl and through the cabins, killing four people. Today these big, steep, open slopes release their fury frequently, leaving amazingly fun ski lines behind. Yes, passing under and through larger avalanche paths keeps the crowds down and the days few. But once you’re there, it feels like a passage to the “Great Beyond,” with glades, couloirs, and bowls all worthy of the gods! Just a few miles to the east, another long approach up the Smithbrook road gives way to glades and bowls with plenty of fresh tracks. Snowmobiles help get you deeper.
Routes
  • O's Run
  • Yodelin Burn
  • Backside Glades
  • Backside 1
  • Yodelin Backside Exit