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POLL!!!! WA skiing

Poll Results: What is the best skiing for a beginner in Second week in March?

Poll expired: Oct 5, 2010  
  • 60% (6)
    Snoqualmie
  • 40% (4)
    Stevens
  • 0% (0)
    Crystal
10 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Please answer my poll. Dont forget to keep in mind. Instructors, Access, Amount of runs for beginners. Price

post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 

No one is voting :-(

post #3 of 7

Steven's Pass is certainly a great area for beginners but is a bit distant and has a higher ticket cost than The Summit's four available areas.  Ski Acres (AKA: Summit Central) and Summit West have good beginner terrain but are only 45-50 minutes from Seattle in March (barring snowstorms).

 

Grooming is quite good at both Summit and Steven's though I've seen the beginner slope at Crystal with 3-6" of heavy wet snow many times in March (effectively ungroomed - perhaps they groom it first at night permitting early morning snow to cover it...?).

 

For a skier at Level 3+ or 4 (high end of "Beginner") wanting to explore more terrain Steven's starts to look better.

 

.ma

post #4 of 7

If you are just around here for a few days Snoqualmie would save you a bunch of driving time, and it is not like it is ugly up on the Pass.  You will have a lot more choices on what to do after skiing, and if you want to try night skiing they almost invented it.   Probably more WA beginners have learned at Snoqualmie than the rest of the state combined.

 

No you will not have Leavenworth at night, but you will have Seattle.

post #5 of 7

I learned to ski up on Snoqualime summit, Stevens Pass and White Pass. My family lived in Seattle and Yakima back then. Stranger is right on. Most WA folks learn to ski at the areas of Snoqualime Pass on 90. And it makes the best choice for most people. So close and convienient to Seattle. If you choose the Summit Areas you might even want to think about staying in North Bend or Snoqualime. 

 

I noticed Leavenworth was mentioned.  It can be fun in a kitschy Bavarian sort of way.  My family (germans) liked to go there back in the day. Nice mix of activities there. But it's a long haul from SEATAC out to Leavanworth ~ 3 hrs. If you just have a few days and are a beginner it may not be worth the driving time unless there are non-skiers in the group. As I recall, it was around  20-25 miles to Stevens Pass (please correct if I'm wrong) from Leavenworth.

post #6 of 7

If you want to get out of the city and have a unique experience, then Stevens/Leavenworth is the ticket.  If you want to ski and go back to the city to do stuff, then Snoqualmie is more convenient.  The choice can be influenced by weather since Stevens is 1000 ft. higher at the base than Snoqualmie.  In any case, it's a long way out for you to be making choices now.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

If you want to get out of the city and have a unique experience, then Stevens/Leavenworth is the ticket.  If you want to ski and go back to the city to do stuff, then Snoqualmie is more convenient.  The choice can be influenced by weather since Stevens is 1000 ft. higher at the base than Snoqualmie.  In any case, it's a long way out for you to be making choices now.


I do not think it is ever to early to start planning...

 

Thanks for your input

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