On opening day at Steven’s Pass on Friday, Jarrell Banks helps his daughter, Londyn, 4, learn how to stop during her first time snowboarding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

On opening day at Steven’s Pass on Friday, Jarrell Banks helps his daughter, Londyn, 4, learn how to stop during her first time snowboarding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pent-up and masked-up, skiers hit the Stevens Pass slopes

Pass holders opened the season on Friday. The general public is welcome on Tuesday — reservations only.

STEVENS PASS — With mandatory face masks added to the sea of black puffer coats, it’s even harder to find your pals on the slopes this year.

Stevens Pass ski area opened to pass holders Friday, with six-foot social distancing enforced in lift lines and lodges operating at partial capacity.

Despite the restrictions, the first few riders in line whooped and hollered as the lifts creaked to life Friday.

“I’m just excited to be outside doing anything, really,” Everett resident Matt Phillips said.

The resort opens to general public by reservation only on Tuesday.

Before you hit the slopes, remember:

• The resort has moved to cashless transactions, so bring a credit card.

• Face coverings are required at all times.

• You need to make a reservation and buy your pass ahead of time online. If you already have a season pass or a daily lift ticket, that’s pre-loaded. You can pick up your pass or ticket at the resort’s window, but you cannot purchase a ticket there.

• Lodges are capped at 25% capacity, and there’s no dine-in food service — only grab-and-go options.

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