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post #31 of 47

@BuddyQC :  Here's an introduction to the major multi-resort passes and add-ons for season passes that give days at other ski areas.  A few places have more than one arrangement for 2016-17.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/2016-17-multi-pass-options

post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
 

Mt. Baker can get epic amounts of snow, not a great ski hill, long drive from Seattle. 

I beg to differ.  Baker is a fantastic ski hill in a small package.  It has enough variety to keep anyone busy for a lifetime.  If you're looking for open slope skiing you won't find a lot at Baker it's true, but the variety of interesting lines is seemingly infinite. 

post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

@BuddyQC :  Here's an introduction to the major multi-resort passes and add-ons for season passes that give days at other ski areas.  A few places have more than one arrangement for 2016-17.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/2016-17-multi-pass-options


@marznc You may need to update the multi-pass-options now that Epic and Epic Local Passes provide 5 restricted days at Whistler.

 

 

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The "tahoe local" got you access to two resorts on the northwest side of the lake (northstar/hawksnest) and two resorts on the southside of the lake (heavenly/kirkwood). 

 

If anyone has any questions about the Lake Tahoe, please let me know.

I have to ask about hawksnest or whatever the 2nd resort on the northwest (Northstar is really directly N) side of the lake is that on the "Tahoe Local Pass". I've been skiing Tahoe area for over 50 years and never heard of it. There is a Hawksnest tubing hill in NC.

 

Otherwise, I'm not very much help as I had my 1st day ever in WA last March. I received the Pacific NW experience as it was raining just below parking lot and still pretty wet at parking, then snowing on lifts, getting drier as you went up. Chair 6, Gondola and Northway did not run and I could never see Mt Rainier although I did see Silver Queen and King. I also saw two ladies who were not ready for the wind get blown off the road between the top of Rainier and Green Valley lifts. I skied a little fresh snow on Pro Course, in Snorting Elk area and on Left Angle Trees, thanks to a local friend and his friends who showed me around. The drive from where I stayed near SeaTac was longer than expected, and while Enumclaw seemed like an interesting town close to Crystal, it also seemed like local police were watching for speeding skiers.

post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

@BuddyQC :  Here's an introduction to the major multi-resort passes and add-ons for season passes that give days at other ski areas.  A few places have more than one arrangement for 2016-17.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/2016-17-multi-pass-options


@marznc You may need to update the multi-pass-options now that Epic and Epic Local Passes provide 5 restricted days at Whistler.

I'll pass the info on to Tyler.  Trying to avoid being responsible for Articles about stuff that changes often. ;)

 

In general, it always pays to read the fine print for any multi-resort pass or perks at other ski areas that come with a season pass.

post #35 of 47
49N offers free skiing the last week they are open, cheap intro to skiing the East side. Plus we have Schweitzer, Silver, Whitewater and Red Mtn. Welcome to the PNW.
post #36 of 47
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no one gave me many options about passes, other than there aren't many options....

 

In case you didn't see in one of the other threads, Stevens Pass has now joined the MAX Pass. So multi-area season pass options that look like maybe worth considering, and what they get you in the region (adult pass price as of today, not including tax or various fees if there are any)...

 

MAX Pass, $699: 5 days at each Stevens, Crystal, & Snoqualmie; 20 days in British Columbia; 5 days in Oregon; 5 at Boreal if you make it back to Tahoe

 

Crystal + MAX Pass add-on, $1,549 (every day) or $1,099 (off-peak only): unlimited Crystal; 5 days at Stevens; 5 days at Snoqualmie (and half-price tickets beyond that if you get the anytime); 20 days in British Columbia; 5 days in Oregon; 5 days at Boreal

 

Alpental/Summit at Snoqualmie + MAX Pass add-on, $938: unlimited Snoqualmie; 5 days at Stevens; 5 days at Crystal (and half-price tickets beyond that); unlimited weekdays at Mission Ridge; 20 days in British Columbia; 5 days in Oregon; 5 days at Boreal

 

Stevens Pass + MAX Pass add-on??? So far, I don't see any info about this possibility at the Stevens site or the MAX Pass site. But if it's available, it looks like it's $998: unlimited Stevens; 5 days each at Crystal & Snoqualmie; 26 days in British Columbia; 11 days in Oregon; 8 days in Tahoe; 3 days in Idaho

 

Mountain High (California) + MAX Pass add-on, $748: 8 days at Stevens; 5 days each at Crystal & Snoqualmie; 26 days in British Columbia; 11 days in Oregon; 8 days in Tahoe; 3 days in Idaho

 

Mt. Baker, $725: unlimited Mt. Baker; 5 days in Oregon

 

Mission Ridge, $445: unlimited Mission Ridge; 5 days each at Snoqualmie & White Pass; 3 days at 49 Degrees North; 2 days at Bluewood; free Wednesdays at Loup Loup; 5 days in Idaho; other discounts in Idaho and British Columbia.

 

White Pass, $559: unlimited White Pass; 5 days each at Mission Ridge & 49 Degrees North; 2 days at Bluewood

 

49 Degrees North, $399: unlimited 49N; 5 days at White Pass; 3 at Mission Ridge; 2 days each at Bluewood and Loup Loup; 1 day in Oregon; additional discounts many spots in the northwest

 

Bluewood, $369: unlimited Bluewood; 2 days each at Loup Loup, Mission Ridge, 49 Degrees North, and White Pass; 2 days in Idaho

 

 

So all in all, I'd say you have some decent options to cover the season with just a pass or two, and maybe some day tickets here and there. Also, watch for ski swaps and the Warren Miller showings and such for their giveaways.


Edited by New2Utah - 10/19/16 at 1:12am
post #37 of 47
Max Pass holders may get 5 days at Stevens but I haven't seen any indication from Stevens that their pass holders can get the Max Pass add on. Stevens is usually pretty quick to email current and past pass holders about any news, and I haven't heard anything yet. The Max Pass site show Stevens as a participating resort where the Max Pass can be used, but does not list any Stevens passes as eligible for Max Pass add-on.

Maybe I just need to be patient.
post #38 of 47
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Max Pass holders may get 5 days at Stevens but I haven't seen any indication from Stevens that their pass holders can get the Max Pass add on. Stevens is usually pretty quick to email current and past pass holders about any news, and I haven't heard anything yet. The Max Pass site show Stevens as a participating resort where the Max Pass can be used, but does not list any Stevens passes as eligible for Max Pass add-on.

Maybe I just need to be patient.

Is Stevens still sharing a management team with Mountain High? Kapuscinski as CEO and McColly as marketing guy?

 

If so, I'd agree that they're usually very quick to e-mail with relevant news. But when MAX Pass announced Mountain High's addition, there was no word from the resort for a couple weeks... and then they publicized it after the post-Labor Day price hike. On the other hand, the Mountain High pass was listed on the MAX Pass website as qualifying for the upgrade all along.

 

My best guess is that these were kind of slow negotiations with back-and-forth, and with specific limitations on what could be announced when. And I guess time will tell whether Stevens passholders can get the add-on or not.

post #39 of 47

New2Utah,

 

You list "20 days" or "26 days" in British Columbia as part of MAX Pass as well as "8 days" in Oregon etc. Could you explain what and where these days are?

 

Also, I don't know if it changed for this coming season but last year Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver (on the way to Whistler) was part of MAX Pass.

post #40 of 47
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New2Utah,

 

You list "20 days" or "26 days" in British Columbia as part of MAX Pass as well as "8 days" in Oregon etc. Could you explain what and where these days are?

 

Also, I don't know if it changed for this coming season but last year Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver (on the way to Whistler) was part of MAX Pass.


Not checking but I assume 8 days would come from 5 days at a MAX Pass location plus 3 days from the Powder Alliance perk of 3 days for any season pass holder.  MAX Pass has added 13 new places since the spring for 2016-17.

 

For more discussions about MAX and Powder:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146695/the-max-pass-2016-17-for-39-areas-killington-tremblant-big-sky-steamboat-solitude-brighton-alyeska-crested-butte-and-more

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146983/powder-alliance-adds-japan-for-2016-17-reciprocal-3-free-days-by-15-ski-areas-snowbasin-crested-butte-bridger

post #41 of 47

The Baker pass gives 5 days at Mount Hood Meadows, not Oregon in general.

 

While the full Stevens pass may include other areas, it's a good idea to check out their other options that don't.  If the OP can ski weekdays the weekday pass is a very inexpensive option and you can avoid the weekend hordes as well.

 

Those two and an Edge Card for W/B give me lots of skiing.

post #42 of 47

@BuddyQC , if you are looking to carpool to local ski areas, check out:

https://www.meetup.com/SkiSeattle/

 

I only skied one season around Seattle, also my final year living there.  Thanks to the above Meetup group and good folks I met on it, I carpooled every day trip to Stevens and Crystal, plus a few long-weekend trips to Whistler. I think I started out the season with the group attendance of the Warren Miller Film near Seattle Center.  PNW has a better communal and more environmentally-friendly vibe like the Bay Area (vs LA), so carpooling is easy to find/encouraged and certainly a good way to make new ski buddies.

 

I fondly recall morning coffee stop at Wapiti Woolies in Greenwater and apres at Crystal's Snorting Elk.  Check them out.

 

Have a great first season in PNW!

post #43 of 47
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

New2Utah,

 

You list "20 days" or "26 days" in British Columbia as part of MAX Pass as well as "8 days" in Oregon etc. Could you explain what and where these days are?

 

Also, I don't know if it changed for this coming season but last year Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver (on the way to Whistler) was part of MAX Pass.

MAX Pass includes 5 days each at Cypress Mountain, Fernie, Kicking Horse, and Kimberley; Powder Alliance includes 3 days each at SilverStar and Whitewater. MAX Pass includes 5 days at Bachelor; Powder Alliance includes 3 days each at Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl. Mountain High and Crested Butte offer season pass options that include both the Powder Alliance and the MAX add-on... it's unclear still whether Stevens will do the same.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

The Baker pass gives 5 days at Mount Hood Meadows, not Oregon in general.

Yep, all those beyond-Washington listings I summarized are resort-specific, and there are various restrictions. Definitely check out the terms/benefits of passes that interest you before committing!

post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post

Max Pass holders may get 5 days at Stevens but I haven't seen any indication from Stevens that their pass holders can get the Max Pass add on. Stevens is usually pretty quick to email current and past pass holders about any news, and I haven't heard anything yet. The Max Pass site show Stevens as a participating resort where the Max Pass can be used, but does not list any Stevens passes as eligible for Max Pass add-on.

Maybe I just need to be patient.

Looks like both Stevens and the MAX Pass website are updated now to say that the "Stevens Pass Premium Season Pass" is eligible for the MAX add-on.

post #45 of 47

Yall are making me get real serious about planning a trip back across the country.

 

I lived on Whidbey Island for a couple years so Baker was the closest for me. It worked out well because it was my favorite WA ski area that I made it to.

 

I am and have always been one who cares nothing for the "atmosphere" at a ski area. I want a good hill, lifts that get me to the top, and a reasonable price for tickets. Used to be (pre the coffee craze and at the beginning of good beer) that that is what I got at Baker.

 

FYI, it was pretty much Hamms, the beer refreshing (from the land of sky blue waters), and RAAAAAAAinnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeeeerrr beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer

 


http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=rainier+beer+motorcycle&&view=detail&mid=B2AD9EC99B053F1F8DF9B2AD9EC99B053F1F8DF9&rvsmid=AD53E60A9E465F4BB118AD53E60A9E465F4BB118&fsscr=0&FORM=VDQVAP

post #46 of 47

Don't forget to check the webcams to figure out if it is snowing or raining. New page with all local webcams in a single location. http://pnsamasters.org/ski-area-webcams

post #47 of 47

I grew up in that area cut my teeth skiing at Crystal, Alpental, Baker and Whistler/Blackcomb back in the day, used to hitch hike to Crystal as a teenager. You are so close to so much good skiing it is crazy, different then Tahoe, but still totally killer. I would go out and buy the best 3 layer gore-tex ski jacket and pants and enjoy. Awesome place to live. Have fun. 

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