English (US)

Related Regions: Iowa, United States, North America

Reviews for Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Read skier and snowboarder-submitted reviews on Mt. Crescent Ski Area that rank the ski resort and mountain town on a scale of one to five stars for attributes such as terrain, nightlife and family friendliness. See how Mt. Crescent Ski Area stacks up in the reviews, on and off the slopes, from skiing and family activities to the après scene. Read up on pros, cons and other comments in reviews left by fellow skiers and riders. Don't forget to submit your own Mt. Crescent Ski Area review! Scroll to the bottom of this page to let other travelers know about your skiing and resort experience. For more destination information, click Add to Compare to see a side-by-side comparison of Mt. Crescent Ski Area vs. other ski resorts (up to 10 total).

by: Dave Petersen - 5th March 2020

  • 1
  • 3Beginner
  • 1Intermediate
  • 1Expert
  • 1All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 1Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 1Terrain Park
  • 1Overall Value


Full review

I’ve been skiing Mt. Crescent for nearly a lifetime and it’s sad to see it go backwards a little every season. Snow used to be made on every run – now they open with snow on half the width of their beginner run and on their sledding hill (even if it’s cold enough to make more snow). If we are lucky enough to get some natural snow, they say they are 100 percent open even though there is no base underneath and some of the runs have brush and deep ruts. And on those runs there is no grooming because there isn’t even enough snow to groom. When all of the other small ski areas within a 3 hour radius of Mt. Crescent say they are 100 percent open, they truly are 100 percent open. This includes the ski area near Kansas City which has warmer weather than Mt. Crescent. One year ago this January, one of Mt. Crescent's two chairlifts broke. This fall on Mt. Crescent's Facebook page when they were selling season passes they were telling people that "100% both lifts will be working". Having only one chairlift (the beginner chairlift) at a two chairlift ski area creates quite the line. What also is concerning is they didn't tell the general public last season that they only had one working chairlift until about a month later when they made a Facebook announcement. I would be riding with people on the beginner lift last season, and I would have them ask me if I knew when they would be opening the other chairlift. I would answer that it was broken. They would respond "nobody told us that when we bought our tickets." I halfway expected to get some sort of partial refund last season for the area having only one chairlift, but no. The chairlift was finally repaired after being inoperable for over a year, and then their other chairlift broke and is still broken. Another concerning issue is Mt. Crescent’s hours. I understood that they have to close on days when weather is bad, but lately they often close midweek even on a beautiful winter day! They advertise the schedule of 5 days a week when they sell their season passes, but then when it comes down to it they will close on a whim. I was removed from commenting on Mt. Crescent's Facebook page last winter when I said "I'm getting frustrated with Mt. Crescent closing midweek even though they promote 5 days a week when you buy your pass in the fall." And in late December 2019 my season pass was refunded and I was basically told I was not welcome at Mt. Crescent for questioning some of these policies.

Was this helpful?30Report Abuse

Displaying 1 - 6 of 22 Resort Reviews

  • Dave Petersen (5th March 2020)

    I’ve been skiing Mt. Crescent for nearly a lifetime and it’s sad to see it go backwards a little every season. Snow...

  • Dave (16th February 2020)

    This place runs on only 1 ski lift and only has 2 trails open. Last year one lift was closed for the...

  • tim (27th January 2020)

    I have been skiing there as a child since 1969 & as a ski instructor from 2012 to 2019, so it has...

  • Don (10th January 2020)

    I’ve gone there several times this year and now multiple times I’ve gone the hill was not maintain at even an acceptable...

  • Cliff (6th January 2020)

    Main lift closed and according to locals has been since early 2018/2019. Majority of terrain, even that accessible from lower lift, did...

  • Cliff (6th January 2020)

    Main lift closed and according to locals has been since early 2018/2019. Majority of terrain, even that accessible from lower lift, did...

Displaying 1 - 6 of 22 Resort Reviews


Rate This Resort

Share your experience at this resort to help other skiers.

  • Family Friendly
  • All-Mtn. Terrain
  • Terrain Park
  • Aprés Ski
  • Overall Value
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert

Select Your Overall Rating:

Snow Report and Powder Alerts!

By subscribing you agree to our terms and conditions
<p><b>NOTE: We will not publish posts containing:</b></p> <ul> <li>Profanity or threats</li> <li>Personal insults</li> <li>Reports of violent criminal activity</li> <li>Commercial e-mail addresses or phone numbers</li> <li>Text entirely in ALL CAPS</li> <li>Hearsay</li> <li>HTML</li> </ul> <p>See our <a href="/terms/#posting" target="_blank">Posting Policy</a> for more information about our posting criteria.</p> '

By clicking on the "Submit" button below, you agree to follow the guidelines in our Posting Policy.

NOTE: If you represent the management of this property and would like to respond to a review, please use the management response form.

Current Conditions: Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Latest Snowfall

24 HR


48 HR


72 HR

View Full Snow Report
Current Weather

Nov 26


View Full Forecast



Trail Map