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    Winter Recreation Is An Adventure In Seattle, Washington

    Seattle is perfect for the adventurous whose idea of a great vacation is a trek up the slopes of Mount Rainier. Seattle is also home to the most famous American mountain climbers of the 20th century, twin brothers Jim and Lou Whittaker. For those who prefer water sports try a bit of kayaking, canoeing, or fishing in one of Washington's pristine rivers or head down to the shore for an afternoon of clamming. Prefer to swing into action on the manicured lawns of world-class golf courses, Seattle has several scenic golf courses.

    Back in the winter or 1937-38, Stevens Pass was started by two young men from Seattle, Don Adams and Bruce Kehr, both passionate skiers. Their start was slow since the area, at that time, was not fully accessible in the wintertime. The road was closed at Scenic on the West side. Perseverant skiers either hiked six miles to the area or bought an eighteen cent, one-way rail ticket for passage through Cascade Tunnel on the Great Northern Passenger Train. From there, they were transported to the area on an old school bus.

    Today, guests come from everywhere to ski and snowboard at Stevens. Great snow, vast and varied terrain make winter at Stevens a thrilling experience for the beginner and expert alike. Stevens Pass has the most diverse terrain and more lighted nighttime acreage than any other resort in Washington State. The terrain ranges from expert only, double black diamond chutes and couloirs to smooth, wide open cruising runs for all levels of snow sports enthusiasts. The geographical elevation of Stevens in the North Central Cascades combined with dry wind from the east, makes the snow conditions unbeatable.

    For families taking their children out for their first big ski trip the staff at Stevens Pass are available to help children learn the ropes while having fun. It's a comfort to know they take time to let each child learn at their own pace and have fun in the snow as well as develop their confidence and skills. Once the kids have the hang of skiing, the staff is there to lead them on an exciting adventure around Stevens Pass on skis or a via snowboard. Stevens Pass has several programs designed to teach children to skills they need on the course and make it fun. These programs include the: Adventure Club (ages 5-12), Kids Club (ages 3-4), and Private Instruction is available, in addition to Stevens Pass other great programs for all ages and skill levels.

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