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Mission Ridge Resort Reviews

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Mission Ridge Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Mission Ridge Ski Resort

  • April 13, 2012
    from United States

    My first time at Mission was 1980. Being a local I never ride there since there is minimal snow pack since the early nineties. The North cascades are close and so much better. Let the families and gapers wearing one piece suits take it over. One of the best places to ski on the piste. Riding a board it's nothing but core shots on basalt.

  • Mission Ridge Ratings

    Overall: 4.1. Based on 1 vote and 4 reviews. Vote

    Access: 5.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mission Ridge.

    Public Transport: 5.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Mission Ridge, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 5.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 1.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Mission Ridge, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 5.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mission Ridge.

    Ski in/Ski out: 1.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 5.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Mission Ridge, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mission Ridge is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 5.0

    (1) Mission Ridge relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 5.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Mission Ridge, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mission Ridge are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mission Ridge is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Mission Ridge, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 5.0

    (1) Mission Ridge usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Mission Ridge are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mission Ridge are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 5.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 5.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 5.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 5.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mission Ridge has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 5.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 5.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Mission Ridge, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 5.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 4.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Mission Ridge, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 5.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 1.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mission Ridge, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mission Ridge has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 5.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 5.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 5.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 5.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 5.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Mission Ridge is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Mission Ridge is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • March 13, 2011
    from United States

    After having a season's pass at Stevens Pass for 10 years, I've switched to Mission Ridge for the last couple. Only a 20 minute drive from Wenatchee, and almost always no crowds. At Mission you can still find powder at noon...unlike Stevens. Mission remains colder too (though it gets less snow), so the snow usually stays as powder, instead of turning to Cascade concrete and glaunch.

    Though I love Mission, it will chew you up and spit you out if you aren't careful. It's pure basalt out there, and because the wind usually blows 20 mph at the top of the ridge and it is powder, some areas don't get much accumulation...Great chutes and lines too, but with little room for error because of basalt. Check the landing before you fly.

  • November 11, 2010
    from United States

    The combination of snow quality (if not quantity), terrain, grooming, weather, lift price, and lack of crowds make Mission (Mission Ridge) my favourite area in Washington. Crystal is bigger and has some great side country areas, but is crowded, has marginal West Side snow, atrocious grooming and poor terrain and lift management.

    I've skied at least two days a season at Mission the last three years in a row. We've always had great snow, some great weather and never a lift line to speak of.

    The only things I would change are to replace the old double chairs with high speed quads and address the power problems that crop up almost daily. My wish list includes a chair down the backside and lodging at the base. But this being Washington where the National Forest Service seems to hate skiing, I know these things are never likely to happen in my lifetime.

  • September 15, 2003
    from United States

    The best skiing experiences I have ever had have been at Mission Ridge. It may just be coincidence, but every time I have been there, I have had wonderful conditions. The view from the summit is absolutely amazing, and the runs offer so many options to get down the mountain, that it is impossible to get bored. This resort not only has a great, long beginners slope, it also provides many challenges for the most experienced skier. Mission Ridge is located about 20 minutes from Wanatchee, a bustling resort town that offers many accommodations