Following 20 years of litigation, White Pass Ski Resort has begun clearing and construction for its 700+ acre expansion this summer. White Pass is located about 50 miles west of Yakima, WA, and cleared the final hurdles for the expansion back in September when US district Court ruled in favor of the Resort in the last of a string of lawsuits that began over two decades ago.
The expansion adds over 700 acres of terrain (map here) and adds lift access to Hogback Basin, an area that has long been frequented by backcountry skiers. The Hogback Basin area was readily accessable as a short tour from the ski area’s lifts or with a longer approach from the ski area’s base area. The expansion includes two new lifts, a mid mountain lodge and additional parking acreage. According to the Resort’s web-site, the new area will be open for lift served skiing starting with the 2010-11 ski season.
White Pass has managed to retain a great small ski hill feel over the years. It is yet to be seen whether the expansion will change the nature of the hill, but it will definitely change the nature of skiing in Hogback Basin. I guess it is time to explore and find the next set of terrain beyond the boundary . . . read more about White Pass in Issue 38 and in a recent article in the Yakima Herald