Stevens Pass Resort Review

by: anhillx - Nov 1, 2006

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

    Date Visited: Nov 1, 2006


Full review

Best terrain features for a day use resort. This is a great little hill. It's little because it really doesn't have the vertical for uninterrupted big mountain skiing. Hey, the first 1K is really just to get a feel for the hill. You need another 2k to wind up the engine and then cool it down. I'd mark Stevens as a good 1.5K hill. But, you can get some good steep practice on Double-Diamond and step up your game on Canonball. But what I really like about Stevens is it's terrain features. It's one big natural terrain park. Pop off 7th Heaven into Rock Garden, spilling over the small cliffs to give the chairs a show. Or, stay tight on skier left of the Tye chair over by the gun platform, dropping into the last little chute just below the platform. Try coming underneath the Double Diamond chair to drop into the Upper Chief Bowl. Once you hop in don't traverse the bowl like the posers, but just keep going down into trees. Actually, try the slanted fallline under the Double-Diamond chair. Huge pressure on the right turn and light action on the left. For braggers rights, try staying under the 7th Heaven chair from the very top. If you're not able to inspect the wax on the skis above, you're not hitting the chute right. On the backside, if you can hit the groomers before the crowds you can really mach out the run. Forget it after 11a though. Best to stay skier left from the Southern Cross chair and work north for a couple spins. The more north you go, the more trees you'll get to poke in/out. A real 'yikes' descent it staying on the ridge out past Wenatchee Bowl (yes this is out of bounds), but then climb thru the rocks to drop down to Highway 2 on the frontside. You really get a gaude for your comfort in tight spots here. Go with a friend and cell phone though. Once you're back on the frontside, spin the Chief chair to check out the trees on the north border. Great little stashes in the trees all the way down. Stevens tries to make itself into a good soccer mom'n kids resort, but it's roots are more gritty than that. Any good boarder/skier knows this hills has alot more than what's on the surface. It can get pretty crowded on prime weekends, but you can get away from the crowds going to the backside in the AM, frontside during lunch to 2p, and Tye in PM. Steven's probably has the best food/day lodge of any NW resort. But I go for the terrain. The food's just icing on the cake.

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