New Terrain: White Pass, Washington Doubles in Size
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White Pass, located 55 miles west of Yakima, Washington, first started off in 1952 with four rope tows. It is a small low-key, family-type mountain with a few steeps great gladed terrain and a ton of history that includes three generations of the Mahre family. “Fridays are your best bet for good snow—all week to snow and no crowds to ski it off,” says Day Lodge Manager and 31-year White Pass Local Louie Vimont. But what White Pass lacks are long rolling intermediate to expert on- and off-piste terrain. This will all change next season after the completion of a 767-acre expansion project that will bring the total size of White Pass to 1,402 acres and increase its vert by 600 to 2050 feet. Two new lifts, Chairs 5 and 6, and a 3,000-square-foot mid-mountain lodge are under construction in the Hogback Basin southwest of the current terrain. Chair 5 is a fixed-grip quad that rises 600 vertical feet. It is the second from right in the above map. Chair 6 is a detachable quad that rises 900 vertical feet. It is the far right lift on the above map. The expansion will spread out skier traffic, open up many long rolling bowls, natural and gladed runs, and cruisers, as well as provide easy access to world-class backcountry terrain in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Scroll through the following slides to see photos of the expansion area and some action from the Goat Rocks Wilderness with Billy Mann of Truckee, California.