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Visitor reviews for Stevens Pass Ski Resort
November 24, 2011
Todd from United States
Stevens is a local ski area and not a destination resort. Probably shouldn't compare it to destination resorts, because it won't measure up, not the same category. The pass prices, when you buy them pre-season, are reasonable. Hopefully that doesn't change with the new owners. We bought the weekday passes with ski check for our family of 4 for $1100. But agreed on a full pass, it's way too high. We don't like the crowds on the weekends so it works good for us. The advantage card is another great option.
As far as terrain I don't understand how anyone can't have fun here. I've been skiing there 23 years and it has something for everyone. As many have mentioned, chutes, cliffs, trees, steeps, moguls, groomed, beginner thru expert. It isn't a huge area, but has a little something for everyone. The backside was a great addition, all sorts of fun to be had there. I would like it too if they opened up some more terrain, hopefully that'll happen.
As far as amenities, I think the improvements over the years have been great. I think the food is good/fine, not sure why it's so bad in some reviews, apparently I'm just not picky enough. Yeah it's not the cheapest, but I haven't been to any ski area where the food is cheap. The ski shop has come in handy and prices are normal. The rental process works fine and relatively quickly. The RFID system doesn't bother me at all, works fine and I don't see how it slows anything down but rather organizes it and don't notice a difference in wait times. It's just change and some like to think it's the problem, it's not. We "lost" our daughter last year, my wife went to the patrol office and they knew what lift she'd just been on so we knew where she was and went and got her. I also like that it just charges my account if I have an advantage card, I can go right to the lift.
It's a great LOCAL ski area. I live near it, Baker and Crystal aren't as close but I'll go to Baker a couple times a year, the terrain there is great too. Pretty much everyone's told me the Summit isn't worth it, not close to me either. So I'm very happy that I live near such a great little ski area. We've made a lot of great family and friend memories over the years, and that is the best part.
Stevens Pass Ratings
Based on 14 votes. Vote
(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 Stevens Pass.
Public Transport: 2.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Stevens Pass, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Stevens Pass, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 1.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Stevens Pass.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.6
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Stevens Pass, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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) Stevens Pass is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Stevens Pass relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Stevens Pass, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Stevens Pass are groomed daily.
(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) Stevens Pass is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Stevens Pass, 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: 3.8
(1) Stevens Pass 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: 4.1
(1) The staff at Stevens Pass are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Stevens Pass are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(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: 3.2
(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: 3.8
(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: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Stevens Pass has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Stevens Pass, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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 Stevens Pass, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Stevens Pass, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Stevens Pass has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.9
(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.
(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.
(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: 1.2
(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.
(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: 2.3
(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: 3.3
(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): 3.6
(1) Overall, Stevens Pass 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): 3.6
(1) Overall, Stevens Pass 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.
Based on 14 votes. Vote
November 17, 2011
Tim from United States
Perhaps I am biased, but I would rate Steven's Pass as average. Growing up near South Lake Tahoe I am used to large resorts with a large number of varied runs, great powder, and beautiful weather. I will say that Steven's is a good choice for those looking to come from Seattle for a short trip, but compared to the standards set by CO, CA, and BC, Steven's is nowhere near that level. And to top it off, the season pass prices are ridiculous! Over $900 for an adult pass. Yes, you heard me right, $900!!! You can get an unlimited pass that includes Northstar California and Heavenly Mountain Resort and Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado for $669.
Any educated shopper knows that Steven's prices are a joke...
October 06, 2011
Shane from United States
I love Steven's Pass. This coming winter will be my third season there. Already bought my season pass. For Mid week Riders it's the cheapest in the state. I admit it can be very crowded on the front side during the weekends but since I only get weekdays off that is not a problem for me. I never wait in a line on the weekdays. The terrain is very versatile from beginner to expert. A lot of people complain that there is no backcountry or only beginner runs. They have not truly explored the place then. I primarily hang out on the back side. Plenty of back country and tree runs there. I can snowboard all day back there and find new ways down every time. If you like terrain parks they probably have the best in WA. And if you have the unfortunate luck of injuring yourself on the mountain like I did last season their snow patrol is fast at responding and very friendly. It was a very crappy time for me but they made it suck less. My other two favorite places in WA are Crystal and Baker but I always find myself going to Steven's the most even know Crystal is quite a bit closer to me.
February 24, 2011
Mark from United States
The previous posters listed some amazing back-country spots already so I don't need to re list them. I can vouch that those spots have everything: amazing tree runs in deep pow, gnarly steeps and cliffs, boulder fields full of pillows to smash, jumps ranging from small to insane, wide open steep and deeps, and fresh lines everywhere. It may not have the highest vertical stats but Stevens (Stevens Pass) has amazing terrain that is so easily accessible.
February 16, 2011
Jay from United States
Only a beginner would think that Stevens Pass is only for beginners, or that it doesn't have a proper backcountry. As I recall, it's the only worthwhile resort in Washington (or Oregon that I know of) with an Open Backcountry Policy, that means no gates BTW. I think some of the naysayers here need a personal tour of Wenatchee Bowl, Tunnel Creek, Cowboy Ridge or Rooster, and then they can let us all know what similar options exist in such easy and open accessibility at other resorts. Until then it's Stevens and Baker as the two TRUE Washington State ski area gems...
February 15, 2011
Ama from United States
To Ethan; You obviously have not skied at Stevens Pass for long enough to say that they don't have a proper backcountry. Just because Stevens has runs for beginners, and groomed runs does not mean that they don't have expert runs too. If you dont beleve me that Stevens has backcountry, I'll list some places for you: Hollywood Bowl, Roostercomb, Highland Bowl, Wenatchee Bowl, Cowboy Mountian, The Death Shoots (if that isn't expert enough for you, I don't know what is) Grace Lakes, and of course many others... I cant be expected to remember all the names, after all...I'm only 13.
January 19, 2011
ethan from United States
Stevens Pass is for only beginners and intermediates; simple terrain, no continuity in the runs and lack of a proper backcountry. Alpental is much better with backcountry and less beginners.
January 18, 2011
Shane from United States
You can get a seasons for deals months in advance. I got a seasons at Stevens (Stevens Pass) this year for $300 in October. Plus all the other parks around here suck besides the one at Stevens. Also, I've had my pass suspended from Mt Baker for 2 weeks, for speeding on my snowboard. Who does that...
January 10, 2011
Nick Manning from United States
I've been driving up to snowboard at Stevens Pass for 15yrs and always enjoyed it. Over the last few years I've noticed the prices have increased to the point my friends and I have snowboard there less often and have started driving to Mt Baker and Crystal to enjoy better snow and cheaper costs. I'm a huge fan of Stevens Pass but can't stand spending $60 on a day pass or $880 for a 7-day pass, I remember these tickets/passes being far less expensive. Even though they remodelled some lodges the food/services did not get better. If you have ever been inside Boars Tooth lodge and ordered a beer then food you know what I'm talking about. Considering the economic crunch we are all in I would have expected them to lower there prices so more people could enjoy western Washington's winter, especially comparing it to eastern Washington were the snow in abundant and ski resort prices are inexpensive. Overall it's a great mountain to ski/snowboard but way over priced and if Stevens Pass continues to raise there rates I will stop going there.
December 18, 2010
Peter from United States
Stevens Pass is way over priced unless you have a college pass. They will nickle and dime the crap out of you. Over half these other reviews are probably written by Stevens Pass which just shows you what they are like. I ran out of gas in the parking lot after someone siphened my tank and they charged me 6$ a gallon...why? Food is over priced and mediocre. They need to work harder to get forest service permits and further develop the skiable terrain. If they put in 3 more lifts they could literally double the skiable area therefore eliminating their ridiculous lift lines with the RFID system.
With that being said, the skiing/weather is still way better than Snoqualmi so locals such as myself, are doomed to ski Stevens unless we want to drive a few hours to Baker or Crystal which are WAY more price reasonable and have better skiing.
If you come from out of town and are trying to ski somewhere in Washington, hit up Baker or Crystal. Or spend 3.5 hours in a car and ski Whistler/Blackomb in BC and get literally 20 times more skiable terrain for similar prices to those gremlins at Stevens.
December 15, 2010
Jeff from United States
Best 200 yards of skiing in the Northwest !!!
December 11, 2010
Eileen from United States
Stevens Pass is a place I have skied since the early seventies. The bottom of the hill has changed a lot with new lodges, but the hill is still the same skiing with a variety of terrain. Do you want steep?Ski Double Diamond or the backside. If you want to work on technique, go to Skyline. How about trees? Ski Tye Mill. Got your family? Ski Hogsback. There's a little something for everyone. Even the 3 lodges accomodate everyone. There's very nice dining in the Granite Peaks Lodge, pizza and cafeteria food in the other 2 lodges. It can be intimate and romantic or family friendly. Where else can you get that? (I have also lived at Crystal Mountain during college.)
Stevens is a place that you can still find wild untamed terrain, but then relax on slopes that allow your legs to recover. After all, I've skied since the mid seventies there, which means I need a little relaxation in between moments of complete euphoria!
December 07, 2010
lex crazzlton from United States
Just have to say Stevens (Stevens Pass) is a great mountain, it's treated me well over the years. Hey, riding is riding. Just strap the wood on and shred the hill. No matter what, Stevens is always a good time. Highly recommend it if you're here, alls I got to say is tye mill to the top is always a good time, hogsback for the family always a good time, getting phlighty in the top phlight park always a good time, just go shred it and you will found out.
November 11, 2010
Jeffrey from United States
I've been skiing at Stevens (Stevens Pass) since the early 1970s. And while the area has dramatically improved it's base facilities, uphill capacity still lags, it gets far too crowded with snowboarders on the weekends, and grooming is merely adequate.
With one of the higher base elevations in the state (Mission is the highest by about 500') and it's mostly northern aspect, Stevens probably gets the best snow of the West Side areas. If your timing's right you can get some nice "powder" days, but with the runs so short, you don't get more than a few turns before the hill tables. The exception to this is off the Southern Cross chair in Mill Valley. However, because this area is so overgrown with a lot of rock outcroppings, you need to be careful picking your way down the hill until February or even March. This part of the area needs to have much of the undergrowth and smaller trees removed as well as thinning skier's left to open up the trees. The other problem with this area is that it's served by a dreadfully slow triple chair.
The same is true off the opposite side of this same chair which runs up and over from the front side as Double Diamond. Here again glading skier left and widening the single run off this chair would greatly improve a part of the mountain rarely skied (think crunchy frozen crud and sharp moguls).
The biggest problem with Stevens Pass, however, is that it gave over its only low intermediate/intermediate area to a terrain park used by no more than a few dozen people at any time, even on the weekend. People learning to ski or "ride" at Stevens must go from the fairly flat beginner's chair straight to intermediate terrain. There's value to a sink or swim approach to learning the sport, but in the mean time, too much of the intermediate areas served by the Hogsback and Skyline quads (the only high-speed lifts at Stevens) are jammed with skiers of varying abilities mostly getting in each others ways.
On the whole, like Crystal, Stevens Pass is best visited weekdays or later in the season when weekend crowds have thinned. Otherwise one spends a lot of time in lift lines for relatively short stop-and-go runs.
November 11, 2010
Donna Beaudry from United States
I love skiing at Stevens Pass! The whole family can ski and ride on the same runs with smaller kids on the edge of the trails. Big kids ride in the treeline and Mom and Dad in the mongul fields in the middle.
Stevens Pass is big enough for the whole family!
October 25, 2010
Mike from United States
As a long time pass holder, I have seen the decline in the amenities and the staff along with a rise in prices at Stevens Pass. The mountain is fun to ride, but, Mt. Baker is by far the destination of choice in Washington state! Weekends are way too packed and with an RFID gate system at the lifts, the lines get crazy long. So, you ride nights instead? Good luck, they decided to close early on Tuesday and Wednesday at 4pm. You might as well ride nights at the Summit and weekends at Baker. I will still ride there (Stevens Pass) but would never recommend this a "destination resort".
April 01, 2010
Dan Hatch from United States
Stevens Pass is my favorite ski resort by far. From fun and friendly staff to comfortable accomodations, including an RV parking lot! I've had my best year yet at Stevens by utilizing the ability to stay up in the RV lot, and wake up for 1st tracks! The coffee shop is open early and the outdoor fire place was great for sharing stories until 10pm!
March 20, 2010
Jeff Manoske from United States
Stevens Pass is the best. I've been skiing there since I was a kid, now my daughter is snow boarding there also. One of the greatest things about Stevens is that you are able to camp overnight. We have celebrated New Years holiday at the mountain. This is a great option and great family fun. I love the RV camping opton.
March 17, 2010
John from United States
I normally ski at Crystal but had the chance to visit Stevens Pass this last weekend for a Master's Race. The drive is a little longer so I decided to load up the RV and spend a couple of nights in one of the RV lots they have. We arrived Friday night and checked out the power hookup lot. At $50/night we decided that we'd head to the no-power free lot and spend the $100 on beer and food in the lodge instead. I'm glad we did. Not only was the no-power lot a kick but that Stevens Pass Ale sure hit the spot after the races.
The mountain is awesome for free skiing and the staff definitely did a great job supporting the race. It seems like this resort has something for everyone. Great groomed runs, wonderful off-piste glade and tree skiing, large terrain park, big time RV community (2 lots - powered and no-power) and they support racing. This resort rocks! I will be definitely making this my weekend RV skiing destination for now on.
Keep up the great job Stevens Pass, I'll be back!
March 17, 2010
Daniel Sullivan from United States
Stevens Pass is a superlative mountain to ride. Lots of killer trees, basins and groomers for everyone!
The best thing about the mountain is the motorhome accessible parking in two separate lots, one with power poles and one without; catering to all variety of motorhome skier, which there are plenty of up there. Great family environment and the mountain has plenty of skiing available both day and night! Bring your family, bring the motorhome and ski the weekend away under the broad umbrella of Stevens Pass motorhome hospitality!
March 18, 2009
Tim from United States
I get to Stevens Pass about once every two years or so and it never fails to deliver the goods. Serious steeps, deep snow, and backside that destroys any other pseudo-backcountry areas at other NW resorts. You can spend days exploring here at Stevens Pass and still keep finding stashes and new lines to bomb. Freeriding heaven.
January 06, 2009
raimundo from Chile
Stevens Pass es uno de esos lugares donde en los dias mas inesperados y desolados de publico te encuentras junto a tus amigos con una gran terreno que recorrer y descubrir.
Laderas empinadas abundan, rocas, clifs, y muchos arboles, resguardados por los pajarillos que planean el area.
November 12, 2008
MarQ from United States
Stevens is the best place to ride in Washington State. Boasting the highest base elevation in the state, this versatile all around Mt has everything & anything you could want. The front is great for the beginners, nice long flowing runs most of which are lit for night skiing. The park is without a doubt the best in the state. It’s all about the flow baby, from the minute you drop in & pick from one of the 3 lines, small/med/man size every hit leaves you perfectly on the down side & with perfect amt of set up time for the next hit without losing any speed. Various rails, hips, tables & spines give each line their own unique touch leading to hours & hours of park fun. The crown jewel of the park, & the best jump in the state is the waterfall kicker, usually hitting 6-7’ high at the lip & with a downhill so long it’s almost impossible to over shoot. This perfect booter takes advantage of the natural slope of the hill, & is placed right under the park chair for maximum visibility. This park gives you the chance to go as big as you want & unlike some of the other area resorts this park flows perfectly. The pipe is solid, partially dug in so it opens early, usually well maintained so it’s fun to ride. Last season they started the park pass system, making you watch a short safety video, & is guarded by the park crew who check your park pass. not a bad price to pay to keep the fools who have no business in the park. Now if you are not stoked yet there is 7th heaven & the back side. bowls, steeps, trees, shoots, cliffs, it’s all there. Last year was my 1st season as a pass holder at Stevens, & we found more secret spots, hidden bowls, & crazy shoots than I can count, & I know there are countless more to be found. There is some reasonable in bounds hiking to access some other peaks, so power can almost always be found in bounds. I started my 1st day of the 07-08 season chest deep in uncut powder at Stevens pass, & I spent my last day of the season chest deep in uncut powder. Check the snow reports, because in WA conditions can change fast, but if you hear of a big storm coming, & freezing level is around 2000ft, you will find yourself experiencing heaven on earth at Stevens pass on a good powder day.
Stevens pass local for life!! Or till I move from Washington state.
December 23, 2003
Taylor from United States
This mountain is the sh*t, So much to choose from and great for park riding, So many hits and flows so good. so many rails and kickers to choose from. from beginner to pro. you cant go wrong with stevens, great snow, powder, park, anything you can think of, only bad thing is price. if you get a season pass best way to go. deffinetly best mountain in washington by far. DONT GO TO CRYSTAL HORRIBLE. unless your a skiier than i guess you would like that mountain
December 11, 2003
P-Man from United States
Stevens is an awesome place to rip up the snow, break some boards, and have one hell of a time doing it. the night skiing is phenomenal. 1 out of 10, stevens gets a 9. they didnt get a 10 because the want 5 dollars for a bottle of budweiser..that stuff is crao anyway. i recomend bringing a flask of your favorite bourbon, fine tunes to rock out to. and watch out of little kids! they might run you over haha
October 09, 2003
MarQ from United Kingdom
Stevens is OFF THE HOOK! about 2 hours from Seattle, Stevens has it all & then some. The front side has lots of easy runs for beginners, and rock gardens & the back side have all the challenges the most advanced riders long for. Bent Monkey is one of the best terrain parks I have even had the privilege of riding, these guys know how to set it up so you can thrown down the biggest tricks and FLOW right in to the next. I LOVE there lines, hit after hit after hit, of quality, well spaced obstacles growing in size as you go. The center of the park always has the most amazing Table, built into the natural features of the mountain, right under the chair lift, this glory booter gives you plenty of room to go big as you want, and get lots of props doing it. The only thing about Stevens is the price, they are kind of expensive compared to others in the area, and the distance makes it harder to go up evenings after work. If you can catch Stevens after a good dump your in for some of the best free riding Washington has to offer.
September 15, 2003
Jeffrey Knecht from United States
I've been going to Stevens Pass for the past 4 seasons. This is a very versatile mountain with many different terrains to choose from. In comparison to other ski locations in the area, Stevens has a lot of variety. Depending on the season, Stevens is typically opened on the front side which provides lot's of good beginner to intermediate runs. What is nice is that there are plenty of lifts but on weekends, it's a cruncher with lots of families and ski schools. What is a great treat is when the backside is opened, its a haven for more advanced skiers/snowboarders. It is like a whole new mountain with it's natural scenery and plenty of tree runs. I recommend going to Stevens when the backside is opened. It frees up the lines and that's always a plus. The drive there from the west side is well maintained. The highway is quite wide and they keep the gravels pouring. If you're from Seattle, it beats the extra 1/2-1 hour drive to Stevens. Night skiing is available during much of the season.