Prepare to Fly

Getting to Concrete, WA

Mears Field is 95 miles north of Seattle and 49 miles south of Bellingham. Get there via North Cascades Scenic Highway 20, regarded as the most beautiful mountain highway in the state of Washington. The North Cascades Highway, which traverses the mountains to Winthrop, is closed every winter, but the western portion of the highway to Concrete is always open.

From Interstate 5, north or south, exit at Cook Road, #232. Turn east onto Cook Road (towards Sedro-Woolley), then follow signs to the North Cascades Highway.

Arrival and Check-In

Please park at the public parking area at the airport entrance
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time. A small parking area is located by the fence, just outside the airport entrance.

Facilities at the pilots’ lounge
The pilots’ lounge is located 200 feet inside the entrance and near the Mears Field welcome sign. It offers restrooms, free wi-fi, plenty of seating, and a small aviation library. These facilities are open to the public.

Walk to the Snowking Aviation hangar
From the parking area or pilot’s lounge, follow the paved road a short distance to the east. Just beyond the end of the pavement, on the right, you will see a galvanized metal building with a Snowking Aviation sign. The entrance is on the east side of the building.

Please be alert and cautious at the airport
Please be mindful about safety during your visit to the airport. Never approach parked aircraft. They could be occupied and suddenly start up. Please be vigilant and remain clear of the ramp area, runways, and taxiways. At Mears Field, large unmarked grass areas are active runways where aircraft may land without warning. For your safety, we ask that you do not wander about or drive your vehicle on the field without an escort.


Cancellations and Refunds

If we are unable to fly due to weather, you have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.

What to Bring

We recommend bringing a warm jacket on every flight, even during summer. It may be flip-flop conditions at the airport, but it’s important to remember it can be much cooler at the higher elevations we fly. Please consider these suggestions about what to bring on your flight.

All Seasons
Rain gear, sweater, sunglasses, hat, camera, cell phone, charged batteries, water bottle, sunscreen, medications, and a travel snack.

June through September
Warm jacket, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and rain gear.

April, May, October
Warm coat or hooded parka, rain gear, warm hat and gloves, warm shoes or boots, long pants. We recommend wearing thermal underwear and dressing in layers.

November to March
Warm coat or hooded parka, rain gear, warm hat and gloves, warm boots, long pants. We recommend wearing thermal underwear and dressing in layers.

North Cascades Weather

Northwest Washington enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate with temperate wet winters and mild, dry summers. July through September is the dry season, with pleasantly warm temperatures. Although it may be hot at the airport, it can cool off dramatically at higher elevations. For this reason we recommend you wear pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring a jacket on every flight.

Spring and fall are considered transition seasons. The vibrant mountain colors of autumn are best from late September through October.

With an annual rainfall averaging more than 70 inches per year, the landscape is remarkably green and lush. Most precipitation is concentrated during the winter rainy season from November through February. Winter temperatures are mild across the coastal lowlands, typically in the mid 40’s. Lower elevations seldom see snow, but the North Cascades receive the heaviest measured snowfall on record. This makes the range one of the world’s snowiest, and a scenic winter flight is unforgettable.

We constantly monitor weather conditions both on the ground and aloft and may postpone or cancel your flight for safety reasons. If your flight is canceled due to weather, you will receive a full refund. Please see the Cancellations and Refunds section on this page to learn more.

Passenger Weight Limits and Seating Capacity

All baggage and passengers will be weighed at check-in.

Cessna 180 Taildragger Limits
• Three passengers per flight
• Combined passenger weight limit of 450 pounds

Piper Supercub Limits
• One passenger per flight
• Passenger weight limit of 225 pounds

Open Hours / Flight Times

We are open March – October. If you are interested in flying during the winter months while we are closed, let us know. We’ll open for limited reservations when good weather allows.

If you would like to book a flight departing in the next 48 hours, please call us at (360) 239-2339.

If you choose to book a flight online, we will contact you to confirm the flight date and time. The season and current weather conditions influence when we fly, but we will try accommodate your preferences as much as possible. In general, mornings and evenings are best for smooth air and photography.

Reservations / Payment

Reserve a trip online, by email, or phone. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, and full payment at the time of booking is required. We accept cash and all major credit cards.


We are kid-friendly and can normally accommodate children ages 7 or older.

Gift Certificates

Give the gift of adventure! Gift certificates are available for scenic / photo flights or a specific dollar amount. They expire one year from the date of purchase. Certificates are non-refundable. Certificate holders may upgrade their tour; the value of the certificate will be applied to the chosen flight’s price.

No worries if you lose the certificate. We will gladly send you a new copy.

Purchase an E-Gift Certificate online or give us a call.


We discourage visitors from bringing pets to the airport. In the interest of safety, please make arrangements to provide for the needs of your pets prior to arriving.


Safety is our first priority. We continuously monitor and evaluate the airplanes, weight and balance, runway conditions, weather, and human factors for safety. Our approved FAA maintenance program ensures our planes are meticulously maintained and in the best possible condition. Each aircraft is equipped with an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), a SPOT Satellite Messenger, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, food, water, and other vital equipment. Your pilot will conduct a pre-flight passenger briefing prior to departure so you can learn about the airplane’s features and on-board safety equipment.

Snowking Aviation pilots are commercially certified by the FAA and have years of mountain flying experience. All flights are subject to pilot discretion.

Motion Sickness

Air sickness is considered a normal response in healthy individuals. If you are prone to getting sick you should prepare in advance of your flight using methods that have worked well for you in the past. Options include ginger, acupressure wristbands, and medicines like Dramamine or more effective prescription medications. Some things you can do to help prevent air sickness during your flight include opening fresh air vents, chewing gum, breathing deeply and slowly (relax), focusing outside on the horizon, eating lightly, and avoiding alcohol before flying. If you do get sick, sick-sacks are available in the airplane. Your pilot will cover this topic during the pre-flight briefing.

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