The Stevens Pass ski area, seen here on Oct. 8, is waiting for more snow before opening up for the season. (Stevens Pass)

The Stevens Pass ski area, seen here on Oct. 8, is waiting for more snow before opening up for the season. (Stevens Pass)

Stevens Pass ski area still one good storm away from opening

On Wednesday, the resort needed another few feet of snow to open. Flurries are expected this week.

STEVENS PASS — Skiers and snowboarders will have to wait at least another few days to hit the slopes at Stevens Pass.

A lack of snow delayed this week’s opening day, which was originally set for today.

“We’re about one good snowstorm away from opening the doors,” spokesperson Nicole Stull said.

So far, Stevens Pass has about 8 inches of snow cover, she said. Typically, the resort needs about 3 feet in order to build up a good base layer for the runs.

Opening day typically falls between Thanksgiving and mid-December, Stull said.

“We’re still well within our traditional opening period, so we’re quite confident we are heading for a big 2019-20 season,” she said.

Vail Resorts bought Stevens Pass ski area for $67 million in 2018. This year, the company upgraded the Daisy and Brooks trails chairlifts and loading terminals to speed up the path to beginner slopes.

The improvements increased the mountain’s capacity by 9 percent, Stull said, and should help guests move through lines faster.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Stevens Pass website reported expected flurries for the latter half of the week and a larger storm anticipated to bring more snow accumulation Friday.

For the most recent updates, follow the resort on Twitter @StevensPass, on Instagram @stevenspass, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevenspass or check the website at www.stevenspass.com.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

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