STEVENS PASS — Even after the late-spring slush melts off the slopes, Stevens Pass ski resort will remain closed through the summer.
Normally, disc golfers and bold BMX riders replace skiers and snowboarders during warm months.
The Stevens Pass ski area first closed in March due to COVID-19 concerns.
“We’re looking at what makes sense for the resorts — giving them the time they need to do what they need to do,” Vail Resorts spokesman Marc Riddell said. “We need to be hyper-focused on winter.”
Vail plans to open some of its other resorts, including Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, fully or in a limited capacity this summer.
The timing is dependant on public health restrictions at each location.
Stevens Pass is one of the only lift-served mountain bike parks in the state and normally hosts clubs and races throughout the summer.
Disc golfing will also be closed.
The Pacific Crest Trail, which runs through the resort’s base area and is accessed through parking lot E, remains open for hiking.
The resort’s bike park could technically open once King County hits Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, but it wouldn’t make sense to return furloughed employees and get them properly trained for such a short summer season, Riddell said.
“It’s going to be closed for the summer no matter what,” he said.
Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.
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