Background Pic Parking Information

During snow season (usually Dec-May) only the entrance by the highway is plowed to facilitate parking. As space is more and more limited every year it is critically important that all homeowners and guests follow the following guidelines.


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At the request of several people over the last couple years and due to the limited success we had with the old systems, we are trying something different. Since many either don't have internet access or simply don't check email while relaxing at their cabin, we are instituting a SMS alert system.


The process is simple:

  1. Send start to (509) 550 0707

We will only use this for plowing alerts and, should something arise, emergencies (think avalanche, fire, etc.). Generally, there will be one message in the evening notifying everyone that removal will happen in the morning and another reminding people to move shortly before removal begins. Feel free to give this to guests or friends using your cabin as well. Sending "stop" to the same number will unsubscribe your number. Also, only specifically authorized people will be able to send messages via this system, so it won’t end up all spammy.




The bulk of the snow removal that will take place will be taken care of by the sewer district. They must remove snow for their own purposes and, as good neighbors, will remove enough snow that it will benefit us. In order for this to continue, we must make sure we are not exposing them to liability via unsafe actions and are cooperative in every possible way. We priced it out last year - renting equipment and paying someone to operate it will start at around $50,000/year, so let's make sure we are extremely conscious of, courteous to, and accommodating of their efforts. Also, lead time on equipment like this is months (minimum) so, if we can't keep the sewer guys happy, we may find ourselves without snow removal. We do not pay our neighbors to move snow and let's try to keep that arrangement beneficial to both parties.



     Make eye contact with the operator before crossing behind the machine every time.

     Move your vehicle out of the parking lot while the removal is taking place.

     Wait to enter the lot in your vehicle until the operator has finished removal, stopped the machine, and you have made eye contact.

     Make sure your guests are aware of and adhere to these guidelines.

Do not:

     Cross behind the machine without making eye contact.

     Enter the lot in your vehicle while the operator is operating the machine.

     Ask the operator to move snow close to your vehicle or help you move your vehicle.




Every year, there are a number of topics that recur. So, for those who are new or need a reminder, here are the main points I can think of.


Plowing schedule

     This cannot exist.

     Snow does not fall on a schedule.

     Due to the nature of the equipment being used to move snow, it must be done daily in order to keep up; especially if there is a multi-day storm.

     Vehicles need to be moved every time that snow removal is necessary.

     When Stevens used to do our removal with a giant truck that could clear our whole lot of two feet of snow in two passes, things were different. Now, the sewer district has a much smaller machine that moves far less snow and does so at a far slower rate, so keeping up on removal is very important.


Move your vehicle for snow removal

     See above for guidelines

     If people don't do this, snow removal will cease.

Park in a spot that makes sense for your vehicle, in reasonable proximity to others, with alignment that makes sense.

     This is definitely open to interpretation but, basically, make sure that your park job makes sense for your vehicle. Take up as little space as possible. Don't get crazy close to others but also don't leave .9 car space between you and the next vehicle. Don't protrude significantly further than neighboring vehicles (if your vehicle is too long, park in a different spot).

Help your guests park reasonably

     Your guests are probably not used to parking in deep, rutted snow; help them.

     I usually park vehicles for my guests.

Two vehicles max:

     This is the generally agreed upon maximum number of vehicles in the lot per cabin. If you have more vehicles, please park additional vehicles across the highway in Stevens lot.


Peak times:

     The most common busy times, when parking becomes limited, are the week of Christmas - New Year, MLK weekend, and President's weekend.

     During these times, please be extra vigilant about

     moving for snow removal

     limiting the number of vehicles that you park to max 2.

     Parking trailers elsewhere

Parking across the highway:

     Don't park in the mouth of the lot.

     This is where the busses and large plows turn around. You will be in the way.

     If you have one, leave your epic pass on the dash.

     The Stevens parking people have told us this is a good way to identify yourself as someone who has a right to park in their lot.

     They don't tow often but if you're in the way, there several days, and haven't obviously identified yourself as someone who has a right to be there, they may.

     Move your vehicle to a new spot that makes sense after snowfall or every couple days.

     If it snows, move to a freshly cleared area so they can clear the area where you were parked.

Snowmobile/UTV/Snow-cat parking

     Don’t park in the parking lot

     These machines are not the same size/shape as the cars and consequently have a tendency to set off the positioning of road vehicles, resulting in disorganization of the parking lot, wasted space, and reduced parking capacity.

     There is an aspect of reasonableness many think should be applied to this guideline: if you’re running up to the ski area to pickup/dropoff, are only going to be gone 10-15 minutes, and the lot is nearly full, obviously you can save the spot from interlopers. However, parking a snow vehicle in a parking spot while you ski for hours just messes up parking for everyone and often throws things off enough that, by the time you return, your spot isn't a reasonable size for your vehicle.

     It should be mentioned that this is a hotly debated issue and this “reasonableness” clause is not supported by all. Any unattended snow vehicle in the lot will draw the ire of some and may affect your public opinion rating.

     Park along the left side of Stevens road between the berm and the first cabin.

     Snowmobiles/quads/small snow-craft

     Just passed the berm.

     A little off of the left side of the road to allow a trail behind them, as many machines of this type don’t have reverse.


     Just passed the snowmobiles, where the road gets a little wider.

     Be courteous with your dig-out.

     Avoid making your neighbor’s dig-out more difficult

     Don’t pile snow on/in-front-of others’ machines

     Don’t pile snow on the trail.

     Fix your divot!

     Obviously, you don’t have to plow it flat but some effort to fill in large holes benefits everyone.

     I just drive my sled through off to one side then the other, knocking each side into the hole.

     If sleds are parked clumped together rather than spaced out, I’ve noticed there are a few helpful cat owners who will pass through and really smooth things out...


     Please avoid parking trailers in the parking lot during snowy season if you can. They are hard to see and, being that parking becomes tricky, trailers just make it more tricky.

     Please do not park trailers in the lot during peak times at all

     If you need to park a trailer in the lot:

     Don’t take up 5 spots by parallel parking where you should be backed in.

     Either park in one of the areas where parallel parking is the standard

     or back your trailer into a spot, uncouple your vehicle and park your vehicle next to your trailer.

     follow the same general guidelines as above - park it where it fits, in a way that doesn't interfere with others.

     clean it off completely, every day so that others can avoid hitting it.