TREE SKIING HEAVEN
I skied Willamette Pass two days last weekend. This place is amazing. After getting chafed by winds that Friday at Meadows during similar conditions I found out that Willamette Pass is THE place to ski great terrain during a storm. Each day was over a foot new over night. This is not on of those areas that exaggerates their snow report, or their slope difficulty. At Willamette Pass Black Diamond means you better be real solid on your skis or board. There are TONS of Tele skiers there. Undoubtedly enjoying the fact that there is amazing terrain just outside the ski area boundary, or in non-lift served woods.
Oh my god, there are areas not on the trail map the blow you away. 45-55 degree stuff with space between the trees. Just barely enough space. One area is known as Steep Deep and Narrow. Hoodoo claims to be Steep Deep and Cheap. But what if you can't see $#@& when you are skiing there. Whiteout city. Willamette has huge firs that provide contrast as you are skiing cold smoke down terrain you would only find with a chopper. Seriously, better than anything I have skied in Colorado or Montana. Check it out.
The bar is nice, great staff and compared to the prices I paid at Meadows - very reasonable. I mean $10.95 for fries at Meadows versus half that for good chili fries at Willamette. Little things do matter.
We took their bus from Joe's Sports for ten bucks (with a multi-day pass). Cheaper than driving with just two in a car. These are European style motor coaches designed for snaking up roads into the Alps. We FLEW up there and were back in no time that evening. What a relief as the driving has been nuts lately.
But at Willamette the big deal is the terrain. If it is under 25 degrees, more than six inches new go there over any place around. Especially if the other areas are reporting any wind at all. You will have a great time.