Learning Winter Sports Near Stevens Pass Hotel

Skiing and Snowboarding: Lessons Learned

Did you know that skiing was originally a form of transportation in the mountains of Europe, way before it became a sport? Skiing and snowboarding are ways of moving over snow with boards attached to the feet; practiced mostly as recreation or sport, but often as conveyance. Skiing uses a pair of skis to travel over snow; they are bound to boots and progress is one foot at a time. Snowboarding, on the other hand, involves traveling on snow on a single snowboard attached to boots. It is inspired by surfing, skiing and skateboarding.

The body and feet position in skiing are facing straight ahead, leaning forward, feet facing the front. In snowboarding, body and feet are facing sideways, feet in line with the body, perpendicular to the direction of movement. While skiing is relatively easier to learn for a beginner since it permits movement of both legs, snowboarding is relatively harder to learn as you need the entire body to navigate. For sheer velocity, skiers are faster than snowboarders.

There are many types and styles under both sports. For skiing, there’s Telemark Alpine, also called Downhill Skiing; there’s Freestyle, Nordic, and Military; also skiing pulled by a kite or a plane. There’s Dry Slope skiing, which uses artificial snow. Snowboarding has also many styles which are used for recreational as well as in professional snowboarding. These are: Jibbing and Rail riding which involves jumping over rails and obstacles; there’s also Free Riding, Freestyle, Free Carve and Dry Slope.

If you’re in Washington state, there are many ski and snowboard recreational areas to try, whether you are a beginner, intermediate level or advanced. Stevens Pass is one of the most popular spots. It is located on the crest of Stevens Pass in the Cascade Range. It has a base elevation of 4,061 feet, 450 inches of snowfall each year, and numerous bowls, glades and faces. Stevens Pass’ terrain ranges from expert only, to smooth, wide-open cruiser runs for all levels of skiing and snowboarding.

Celebrating the Slopes of Stevens Pass

If Stevens Pass is on your list this winter, then grab your gear and head for the Cascades. Staying at our Stevens Pass hotel in Monroe gives you access to one of the most popular skiing and snowboarding sites this side of Washington. Our hotel is just an hour away via US-2 from Stevens Pass Ski Resort. Ask our friendly staff.

Pre-Christmas Events near Stevens Pass Hotel

Things To Do Before the Holidays

Here’s a list of fun things to do – with family, friends, or by your lonesome – when you’re in Stevens Pass. Christmas is in the air, almost here. The little town is agog with fun and surprises in little packets. Young and old will find something to do or buy here for the holidays.

There’s Olde St. Nick’s Christmas Market on the 24th to the 25th of November at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. There will be more than 120 vendors, Santa, Live Music, and more. It’s a 2-day, 3-part event! There’s a free entry Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza for all ages. They’ve got an ADULTS ONLY VIP Shopping with $10 admission that includes dessert, hot cocoa bar, live music, giveaways, spa services and more. Kids will have a $10 ALL ACCESS PASS to have Santa pictures, meet & greet with Elsa, Anna & Winter Tinkerbell. They’ve got milk & cookies, reindeer food crafts, face painting and more!

Come November 25th, there’s Storytelling by Santa’s Helper: Elf Joshua. All kids will get to name and take home their very own 10″ elf! They will get to craft a “cheer-o-meter” with Joshua as well as have the opportunity to get their picture with taken with him at the photobooth! Bring a letter to Santa, too, because there’s a mailbox for sending letters straight to the North Pole! This is for all kids 3 to 10 years old at Vintage & Rust, West Main Street.

Also at Vintage & Rust, several painting and sipping celebrations will be held. All supplies, snacks,one glass of wine or hard cider will be provided for guests 21+ of age. On November 27th – the Mistletoe Workshop & Wine, on December 13th – the very popular Vintage Holiday Truck SIP & PAINT, Christmas Truck Sip & Paint on December 6th, Fresh Cut Christmas Trees SIP & PAINT on December 7th, and the Gnome SIP & PAINT for the ladies on December 20th.

There will be workshops at Black Barrel Vintage Co, also on Main St, to teach registered guests how to create fancy Christmas gifts and decor, like:

December 1st – Vintage spoon ornaments
December 4th – Rustic stocking holders
December 8th – Custom stamped bracelets

And then, come to a Pet Adoption event at Dreadnought Brewing wearing ugly sweaters with your pooches) on December 2nd. There’s craft beer, live music, food trucks, picture taking with Santa, and pet goody bags. There’s just no stopping the fun here before Christmas!

Feel the Holiday Spirit Nearby

Find all these wonderful christmasy things to do when you’re staying with us in Stevens Pass. You are never far from the many events lined up for you in our little town. Just ask our friendly staff.