I drove and old friend up to the Stevens Pass Nordic Center two weekends ago. I've never seen the parking lot so full, or the lodge so crowded - and what a day! Bright sun, sparkling snow at least 3' deep, 7 degrees F - and a nice fire going in a brazier at the start of the trail. As I can't ski at the moment, I sat on the bench by the fire (made of a snowboard!) and had the greatest time just watching and being part of it all.