- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 2
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Express Lift; well groomed; good to practice on
Cons: Redundant terrain; crowded (long lift lines)
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009
I'm an advanced skier, so read this with that in mind. If you are a beginner or have never skied before, then this is the place to go. However, don't be fooled in to thinking that you can ski "blacks" if you ski a black (or even a blue) at Cascade. A simple trip out west to a real mountain will show you what real blacks and what real blues are.
If you're nearby and need to get some skiing in, go here: it's decent, and when you get bored of the easy runs then you won't feel like you've traveled too far. If you want to teach a beginner, especially kids, then go here: kids ski free and the terrain is very easy (see below).
Ok-- Let's get one thing straight: this is a "mountain" for beginners. Calling it a mountain is generous too. If the runs were to be based off of and compared to the runs out west (Colorado, Utah, etc.), then the entire mountain would be a green, with the exception of perhaps 2 runs being easy blues, and one run qualifying as an easy black (the mogul run). The lift lines were long when I went. Moreover the lifts themselves are incredibly slow (with the exception of the Mountain Express which was always packed). Thus, waiting in line and taking the lift to the top was on average about 10 minutes. Skiing down a "fast" run takes about 30 seconds. Repeating this process all day gets very frustrating. If you go at night, then you can get better timing by just taking the Express chair up. However, if you're advanced you'll soon become bored easily.
In sum, for an advanced skier, this place is just to scratch an itch--nothing more. Cascade may be good if you just need to warm up for a trip out west. I would recommend going at night to avoid the crowds. Otherwise you'll spend all day in lift lines looking at people with blue-jeans stuffed into rear-entry boots.