Willamette pass small but diverse and conveniently close

by: brokenbonez - Nov 17, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: insane trees and downhill terrain diverse runs for everyone to enjoy and no lines

    Cons: lower elevation, smaller, and 4 out of 5 lifts slow

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2009

Full review

Willamette pass has been my place to progressively get better over the past few seasons it has plenty of everything to offer from large beginner sections to cliffs and steep forest terrain for advanced. Willamette pass is very convenient for people living in Eugene only about an hour and a half drive. Willamette pass offers a pretty decent lodge with plenty to do even if your not on the slopes and pricey but very tasty food. The terrain parks are nothing special to report but they are still fun and provide plenty of variety. the back side is widely known for the best powder for most days but it has a long ride up to the top in its slow 3 chair. The front side however makes up for it with its extremely fast 6 chair. And did i mention you almost never have to wait in line, and sometimes you could be the only one on the run your on. The pass offers wide variety of difficulty in it's tree runs from the sections neighboring RTS to the trees around duck soup. RTS still gives me quite a rush going down it when it has plenty of fresh powder but don't get caught on it when it's an icy day, it gets pretty dangerous. The one thing they could improve on night skiing is to light up BOTH terrain parks instead of just the "By George run. If your considering a few days in one season it is a little pricey but it makes up for it in it's diverse trails and convenient location.