This year Mission scored some good snow and good conditions (so far ). It is first time in the last 5 years that the full mountain is open before Christmas, including bomber bowl and microwave tower. People have been skiing powder almost every other day since opening. If you are in the neighborhood, Mission could be a pleasant stop.
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Midway on the Mountain
GOOD, BETTER, BEST
Pros: Lighter Snow for WA, Sunshine, Chutes, Unmarked Runs, no crowds
Cons: Smaller, Can be windy
My girl and I went there this year with a groupon they had put out. Maybe it was luck, as I grew up skiing here with my gramps and remember diverse conditions that ranged from sun to unbearable winds, but the snow was fluffy and there was plenty of it. It was also extremely great weather. This hill is awesome if you like to ski off the grid and venture through trees and off into the chutes and bowls. Definitely a good and inexpensive weekend/day trip if you are in the area.
Pros: Accepts 3mo-6yr in their Child Care
The mountain itself has great skiing, dry powder snow and sunny days most of the time.
The Child Care Department allows families to vacation together & ski together!
Pros: 5 Free passes for Silver Mtn pass holders, dramatic basalt cliffs, snags, and hike skiing for freshies
Cons: Lodge/bar needs expansion, slow lift due to beginners to get to high speed quad
By the time we hit the top of the Liberator Chair, we were being pelted by a fierce wind and snow flakes. The whiteout was resolved by hitting some of the trees in Bomber Chutes and by mid-mountain, the visibility increased. Other places to explore are the traverse above the Bomber Cliffs to access some expert terrain. The traverse is more skier friendly than for boarders. Also check out the bomber wing from a wrecked plane at the top of Bomber Bowl run and Windy Ridge. We also found some fresh tracks off of Windy Ridge, but you quickly hit terrain tracked up by Chair 3 skiers. Chair 4 is closed down for week and then opens for weekend, so this can be some good skiing for people arriving on Saturday morning.
Other reviewers point to the basalt rocks, yes they are sharp, but they can be avoided by staying on the runs. Know where you are going or go with locals if you explore the Bomber Cliffs or you could end up walking back upslope if you cliff out. We also explored Central Park, which we found by following some locals. It's quite a grunt for a bit stepping up the slope for 15 yards, but it was worth it once we found these 40-60-inch diameter trees and some fressshhhhies.
The Pros for me far outweighed any of the cons and it was a great value at Free.
Pros: Nice family mountain
Cons: Not enough snow.
Great local hill. Unfortunately, it's far enough east in the Cascades to miss all the snow that pounds the crest mountains. Well laid out, very friendly people. Near to Wenatchee, although that's not saying much.
Pros: Sun, cold dry snow compared to the rest of the Cascades, uncrowded, nice community vibe, interesting terrain, close to town.
Cons: Low snow cover, rocks that are like daggers, difficult to get to for most people.
The downside is the lack of snow. There can be long dry periods between dumps and snow pack can be low. The rocks are something to watch out for. They are the sharpest ones I've ever seen at a ski area and can do a number on your bases.
Don't look for expert terrain, even the double diamonds are pretty tame. The hill, though, has interesting contours and dipsy doodles that can make a day fun. This is a great family area with plenty of open blue and green terrain. It's worth a try if you're in the vicinity.