Resources for winter pass information

Friday, December 2, 2016

SR 542 Mount Baker Highway
Photo courtesy WSDOT


WSDOT has a lot of resources to help you get to the ski resorts and over the passes safely. This information is from Andrea Petrich of WSDOT.

Chinook and Cayuse Passes, by Mt. Rainier National Park, are now closed for the season. Stevens Pass Ski Resort is open, so expect extra traffic along US 2 as skiers and snowboarders head up to get some turns in. These closures and ski resort openings mean that the snow is here!

I-90 was closed for hours November 30 due to crashes and spinouts. Many of those were because drivers were driving too fast for conditions and/or didn’t have the proper traction on their tires.

Here’s a blog with details, photos and more info about how you can help prevent the passes from closing this winter.

Headed across any mountain passes this season? Here are resources to help you: #KnowBeforeYouGo.
  • Check our Winter Weather Page for traction tire info, mountain pass reports and other travel alerts.
  • Follow @WSDOT_North, @WSDOT_Traffic, @WSDOT_East and @WSDOT_SnoqualmiePass for up-to-the-minute information about your Cascade mountain routes.
  • If you’re headed over I-90 you can sign up to get text alerts about any closures or major changes in conditions. Pull down the subscription type and choose SMS/Text Message.
  • If you don’t tweet or don’t want to get WSDOT texts – our WSDOT app is a great option and includes Ferry schedules and Canadian border wait information.

The photo of SR 542 Mount Baker Highway and more from this route are on WSDOT Flickr Page, which will be updated during this winter.



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