T.R. Revere skied at Stevens Pass for the first time in 1962 when he was 2 years old.
The 46-year-old Leavenworth man has been exploring the area ever since.
Whether you ski, telemark or board, Revere is the guy to talk to about Stevens Pass. He’s covered almost every inch of the resort using all three modes of transportation.
“It’s great up there because you have such varied terrain,” said Revere, who owns Uncle Uli’s restaurant in Leavenworth. “Even if conditions aren’t great in one area, you can find someplace where it’s good. It’s always a good day.”
From his house, Revere can get to Mission Ridge or Stevens in about 40 minutes. While he admits he follows the snow most days, he prefers Stevens.
“You always have a good chance of getting the untouched snow at Stevens, especially during the week,” Revere said. “The backcountry is outstanding. You get spoiled at Stevens.”
Here’s Revere’s tips for spoiling yourself.
GO TO 7TH HEAVEN
The 7th Heaven chair drops you off near the top of Cowboy Mountain, where you can find numerous steep double-diamond routes down to the intermediate slopes.
“It’s my favorite area at Stevens,” Revere said.
GO AROUND THE WORLD
Going “around the world” is the local tradition of taking a lap around the resort to sniff out the best conditions.
Start by taking the Skyline Express and 7th Heaven lifts to make first tracks on Cowboy Mountain. Then take the Tye Mill lift up Big Chief Mountain to make runs on both Mill Valley lifts.
Then finish on the front side with a run down the aptly named Double Diamond.
“By the time you’ve finished the loop you’ve found the best area to spend the rest of the day,” Revere said.
BEAT THE CROWDS
When the resort is slammed on Saturdays – and it usually is – Revere suggests making a beeline for Mill Valley. Big Chief Mountain offers tree runs near Gemini and steep runs like Andromeda Face that usually scare off the masses.
RIDE THE HILL
A snowboard ride from the top of Stevens to the bottom can include tight lines through trees and chutes. You can even end your run in the terrain park.
“Stevens is a boarder’s paradise,” Revere said.
Revere said his favorite snowboard run is Highland Bowl in the backcountry.
VISIT UNCLE ULI
Revere’s restaurant, Uncle Uli’s, is the popular aprÃ¨s hangout for eastsiders.
Among other things, Uncle Uli’s is famous for being dog friendly.
While you dine on ribs or Portobello burgers while watching snowboard videos, your server will bring a water bowl for your dog.
The base lodge has wireless Internet access. The terrain park is one of the best in the state. And not only does Stevens have 600 acres of night skiing, but it also has some of the state’s best-lit terrain.
The lifts in Mill Valley are very slow.
THE BIG RUN
Vertical drop: 1,774 feet
Lifts: Take Hogsback Express, and then ski down intermediate Hagen Hill to the Tye Mill lift. From the top of the Tye Mill, ski down intermediate Aquarius 1,200 feet into Mill Valley. Take the Southern Cross lift to the top of Big Chief Mountain.
Hardest way down: Andromeda Face should be attempted only by advanced skiers.
Easiest way down: Follow the ridge to intermediate Aquarius.
The ski school building and group sales area are remodeled. And a new Mexican restaurant will replace the X-Mountain restaurant. The trails have been widened.
Lift tickets: $52 general, $35 ages 62-69, $33 ages 7-12, $9 ages 70 and older, $6 children
Season pass: $729 general, $289 college pass
Night skiing: $32 general, $30 ages 62-69, $27 ages 7-12, $9 ages 70 and older, $6 children; six lifts
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Terrain: 1,125 acres serviced by lifts, including a 25-acre terrain park with a super pipe
Lifts: 10 (two high-speed quads, one quad, four triples, three doubles)
Trails: 37 (11 percent beginner, 54 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced)
Summit elevation: 5,845 feet
Base elevation: 4,061 feet
Vertical drop: 1,784 feet
Annual snowfall: 450 inches
Cross-country: 28 kilometers
More information: 206-812-4510; snow line 206-634-1645; stevenspass.com