New chair ready at Stevens Pass

You can’t stand still in the winter sports business, and the ski-and-snowboard resorts in Oregon and Washington held true to that concept this summer, with a broad range of additions and upgrades.


Resort officials say that all of what went on during the offseason was aimed at making the visitor experience both more comfortable and invigorating – necessary in a market where resorts compete for the same customers.


Courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association, here’s a summary of what skiers and riders will find at Oregon and Washington resorts this winter:


Mt. Hood SkiBowl. The venerable parking lot rope tow is now a 220-foot conveyor belt makes it easier for newbies to get some vertical.


Mt. Bachelor. Work began this summer on a new set of trails on the southeast corner of the resort. A new Eastside chair is a year away, but resort managers hope to open up this winter the terrain that the lift will serve: 646 acres of ungroomed glades, bowls and trees that will be within a 20-minute hike from the Sunrise base area.


Mt. Ashland. The resort’s 50th anniversary brings 100 more parking spots, a re-shaping of the Sonnet beginner area, and a new beacon training park for backcountry skiers and riders.


Mt. Hood Meadows. Novice skiers and ‘boarders get four more acres to hone their skills in the former Easy Rider terrain park area.


Ski Bluewood. The Washington mountain celebrates 35 years in business with improvements to its grooming fleet and freestyle terrain park.


Crystal Mountain. A new $2.5 million sewer treatment plan goes online, both to upgrade current processes and prepare for future expansion.


The Summit at Snoqualmie. Silver Fir Lodge opens its doors for the first time this season, serving up food and drink for both Summit Central and Summit East skiers and riders.


Stevens Pass. New high-speed quad, Juniper Express, is set to go, plus new and expanded glades around the mountain.




Photo: New Jupiter chair ready for installation at Stevens Pass (Facebook)