Pros: Stevens is close to the Seattle urban area, it usually has plenty of snow, and it's elevation is higher than many other Cascade areas.
Cons: The ski area is very crowded on the weekends from Chistmas unitl early March. New management has been closing parts of the mountain without notice.
If you can ski on weekdays during mid-winter, then Stevens Pass is a great place to go. Weekends From Christmas through February are a zoo with wall to wall people and traffic. Before Christmas and after March 1 the crowds disappear.
There is plenty of great terrain for all levels of skier from beginner to expert. The grooming is very good on the blue trails. There is no grooming on most of the black runs.
The front sides of the mountains generally face north so they tend to keep good snow the longest. There is every kind of skiing available there, from beginner runs to cliff drops.
The back side of the ski area is well known for it's amazing terrain with open faces, bowls, and well spaced trees. Since it's south facing the snow can get heavy quickly after a dump, and the corn starts forming early during springtime, so skiing it in the morning is a good idea.
Great night skiing is a specialty of Stevens Pass. The entire front side of the ski area is open and lit with the exception of the expert terrain on 7th Heaven and Double Diamond.
Stevens has the 5th highest snowfall average in North America. When the cold eastern air flows up against the wet western atmosphere, there sometimes are some epic dumps of fairly light snow.
Unfortunately, during the 2012/13 season new ownership and management have made some very questionable decisions about operations which is leading some long time pass holders to not renew their passes for 2013/14. Chairs have been closed on weekdays, cutting off large parts of the mountain, and this without prior notice. Also they have stepped up their race involvement which frequently closes access to large areas of the mountain.
There is no lodging at the pass and food is available only in the ski area day lodges. The food and service are good and prices are reasonable.