I skied Cascade Christmas Eve and again New Years Eve/Day. The first time was with my family, while the second time was with our scout troop. My sons ski quite well; some of the scouts and their parents were out for the first time; one parent skis Copper Mountain, CO, each year. Cascade had the right stuff for everyone throughout. Since we had 14 in group lessons with only one instructor, the lessons were a bit slow for some. But the combination of green runs provided a nice blend as the new skiers began stretching their skills a bit (too bad Far Out is on the other side of the resort and a bit hard to get to for new skiers, though.) A few of the new skiers worked up their way through the blue and even a black run by day two, providing a great feeling of satisfaction. The east runs weren't nearly as busy and provided a wonderful playground for the more experienced skiers, who ran through the black diamonds there, especially enjoying PW and Radical Rob before hopping right back on the chair lifts. Snow conditions were top notch right up until the temperatures took a nose dive New Years Day, when things started getting a bit icy. But man were the slopes running fast!
Although we went during some of the busiest times of the year for Cascade, it never was unbearably crowded. The staff are outstanding at helping keep the lifts organized and moving efficiently. When some of our newest skiers struggled getting on the lifts early on, staff were there to help them up if they fell. The dad who skis Copper found the friendliness of Cascade very similar. Although short staffed on New Years Day, Cascade had two of their own staff help look for a pair of skis when they turned up missing shortly after unloading (they eventually showed up in lost and found). Ashley in the group office was wonderful to work with throughout the planning process of bringing the scouts up, as well. In all, Cascade provided a wonderful skiing experience, even during the potentially stressful experience as scoutmaster of bringing 14 new skiers to the slopes during one of their busiest days of the year.