Visitor reviews for Stevens Pass Ski Resort

Stevens Pass Ratings

Overall: 3.2. Based on 35 votes and 39 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.1

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(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.

Off-piste: 4.0

(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.

Scenery: 3.9

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

Access: 3.6

(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: 3.0

(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.

Accommodation: 2.0

(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: 2.1

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

Luxury Hotels: 1.6

(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.

Childcare: 2.3

(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.

Snowmaking: 1.8

(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: 3.8

(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.

Shelter: 3.9

(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: 2.4

(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: 4.0

(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: 4.2

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

Crowds/Queues: 2.7

(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: 3.6

(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: 4.1

(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.

Beginners: 3.5

(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: 4.2

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

Advanced: 4.4

(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: 4.3

(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.

Cross-country: 3.9

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.4

(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: 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: 3.4

(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: 2.8

(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: 1.4

(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: 1.7

(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: 2.4

(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: 3.7

(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): 3.7

(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): 3.7

(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.

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March 17, 2010
John from Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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.
November 12, 2008
MarQ from Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United Kingdom 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 Ski United States 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.

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