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Reviews for Stevens Pass Resort
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Until Vail sells this resort to a company that cares for its employees and pays decent wages dont even think about skiing at this mountain. Unless of course you want to spend hours in line to get on one of the few lifts that are open.... Full Review
WOW! Over $100 for less than 3 hours of boarding! No refunds!
I was there last week and only 3 out 12 lifts were open. After a couple of hours 2 of the 3 lifts had broken down. They refused to give any kind of refunds or discounts on a future ticket. It's a shame because there was lots of snow and the mountain looks great but this is the worst run area I have ever seen. ... Full Review
So frustrating as a long time Season Pass holder to see this mountain. Not even half the chair serviced runs are open. Vail has said they can find enough people to staff? All the other resorts in Wa are open and at least running at 90%? Perhaps Vail needs to take a look at pay scale, housing, benefits for employees.
Just sad to see ... Full Review
I've been skiing Stevens Pass for 35 years. I love this little area. It has some of the best tree skiing in the PNW. Unfortunately, in recent seasons very little of the mountain is ever open. This forces everybody onto a handful of runs and a fairly minimal number of acres. The result is long lift lines and crowded slopes. This problem is made worse if there is any fresh snowfall at all. On powder days, the mountain frequently opens up to an hour late, and the premier runs remain closed. This is a huge disappointment. Meanwhile, the ticket and pass prices go up and up. It seems that most of the reviewers here put the blame squarely on the Vail ownership. I don't know if they are entirely to blame, but I am certain that the downturn in the quality of the skiing experience at Stevens directly coincides with Vail's taking over operations. I know that understaffing is at the heart of the problems: Lifts can't run without operators, snow control doesn't happen by itself. I also understand that employees are in short supply. That said, the problems at Stevens are not shared by other other ski areas in the region to any great extent. Other local resorts are able to hire and retain competent staff. Unfortunately, I see a significant amount of patrons taking out their frustration on the small cadre of employees who have chosen to stay on. I feel bad for these workers, and I can easily imagine that they too will not return, further exacerbating the problem in the years to come. Sadly, I also fully realize that as long as the parking lots are full and the lift tickets are selling, the owners will deem their operation a success.
I'll be skiing elsewhere. Previously, the proximity to my home had some influence on my choice to stick with Stevens, but recently, traffic issues have become so pervasive on US Highway 2, that I can reach several areas significantly farther away in the same amount of time it takes to commute to Stevens and back. fuel cost is the only difference. It pains me to write a harsh review of something that I have supported for so long, but there it is.... Full Review
Need to get youth involved and some energy with motivating their customer base. ... Full Review
Camera live was a great way to keep in touch with the action for a 95 year old skiier from 1929!!!!!!!!!!... Full Review
Steven's has fallen so far. It's so irritating when you take a day off to go ski a powder day and the whole backside is closed. 45 minute waits because only 4 chairs are open. I spent 3 hours there on a tuesday and got 4 runs in. I paid full price for standing in line to get 3 runs and one super short 7th heaven run. I left after 3 hours, utterly disappointed. The snow was so good, I spent 2 hours getting there, about 10 minutes skiing, 2.5 hours standing in line and 3 more hours driving home. Still beats working, but certainly not what I expect when paying 107 dollars for a ticket. Felt totally ripped off. Get more lifties to open up the mountain Stevens!... Full Review
The idea that Vail has ruined Stevens Pass is beyond laughable; it's insane! Daily operations decisions are not made in Colorado but by feet on the ground in WA; also neither I, nor nearly all the naysayers know on what goes on behind the scenes. These are trying times, people are stressed...blah blah...no excuses! My point: the terrain that made Stevens fun in past is exactly the same and it's still a fun mountain.
My review: Recent cold and deep storm cycles have produced some of the best skiing I've ever had at Stevens. Awesome, totally killer, glades for those that love carving powder through the forest.
Yet, some powder days the full mountain was not open (things beyond our control happen!) and majority of chatter I hear in lift lines is complaints. I am out literally hootin' and hollerin', smiling and enjoying the snow while the 'crowd' seems to focus on what's not open and whining like spoiled children; somehow entitled to the mountain all themselves. Seattle Metro pop. is growing, if people didn't know. There are more people in the region; crowding has nothing to do with Vail, but we have to blame someone and corporate overlord is easiest target.
I don't agree with everything at Stevens operationally, but I'm there for the snow (awesome this year) and terrain (hasn't changed).... Full Review
Yes, the crowds are huge now! Long time Stevens rider here...
My favorite local resort.
Alpental became too crowded and crystal is too far. (I'm in Kirkland)
Stevens Pass Employees have been great this year (2021)
From Parking help, Lift workers and especially the "Ticket Window".
My nephew left his ski pass in a different coat one morning and they couldn't have made it easier or faster to give us a replacement pass and we were back at the lift by 9am opening.
of course, Avalanche blasting holds the backside up on powder days and makes for massive lift lines on the front.
More people than ever! Full Parking, Long lift lines, and those eye popping ticket and pass prices!
Welcome to the "modern day greater Seattle area".
I'm hoping for the best with new ownership learning from the customer frustrations this year, getting things "dialed in"...
And I'm staying the course for future years and if only those years can be as awesome snow conditions as this one. Viva La Nina!... Full Review
Steven's pass has been my favorite ski resort for a long time. Up until vail bought the resort i would ski their all season every year. Now that vail own's the resort the mountain has taken a turn for the worst. Delayed open's half mountain capacity on the best powder days (due to poor managment). Ski patrol and scanner's have been on strike for workers right's and under staffed kitchen's lead to long waits for food and low quality meals. I am sad to say i will no longer ski hear because of the greed that has taken over this place. It's no longer a family/ community feeling when I arrive just corpurate robots. ... Full Review
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