Stevens Pass, Washington
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With an average of 166 inches of snow in March and April alone, Stevens Pass is Seattle's favorite place to shred in spring. Ten lifts cover 1,125 acres of terrain and 37 runs at the funky 77-year-old resort, known for its steep lines and excellent tree skiing. The mountain underwent a $1 million upgrade in 2012, including new grooming equipment and hundreds of acres of freshly thinned glades. The chutes under the 7th Heaven lift, which accesses 5,845-foot Cowboy Mountain, are so steep you can barely see your next turn, while Big Chief Mountain is the place to weave through tall evergreens. Stay: Camp like a local in the RV lot. Or hit the Hotel Pension Anna in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth.