(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 Mount Lemmon Ski Valley.
Public Transport: 1.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, (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 Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 1.0
(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 Mount Lemmon Ski Valley.
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.
(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) Mount Lemmon Ski Valley is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Mount Lemmon Ski Valley relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley 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) Mount Lemmon Ski Valley is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Lift Staff: 3.0
(1) The staff at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley 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.
Variety of pistes: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Lemmon Ski Valley 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 Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, (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.
(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.
Value (National): 3.0
(1) Overall, Mount Lemmon Ski Valley 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): 3.0
(1) Overall, Mount Lemmon Ski Valley 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.
The ski area is at the mercy of Pima County when it comes to the road being open after snowfalls and the county is notorious for being slow to plow and open it. Out of the resort's hands. When there is snow and the road is open, this place is great. The views from the summit, looking down on Tucson 7,000 feet below, are amazing! It's only 70 miles from Mexico so a lot of the time it's 50 degrees and sunny on the mountain, even in the dead of winter. No snowmaking, as there's no good source of water. But there is grooming and the slopes ski well without needing too much snow (an 18 inch or greater base here makes for good skiing).
Tried to go up the Catalina Hwy to ski Mt. Lemmon, but the line of cars waiting to go up was huge and would have taken all day. The ski area should have a shuttle for those wanting to ski. It was obvious that a lot of the cars had skiers/snowboarders waiting to go up. Lots of lost business. I turned around and went home.