BmerrillIt means the end of any and all events previously ran by Stevens pass or third party events. (rail jams, flannel cup, banked slalom, pond skim, etc..)
It means the end of deals for kids, veterans, and locals- along with absurd lift ticket prices.
It means an overrun parking lot and very long lift lines.
It (most likely) means the end of or scaling down of the terrain park. (along with budget cuts)
It means a majority of under experienced drivers and under experienced skiers.
It means employees of Stevens pass will be forced to adopt a "standard" of operation that are not used to.
Overall it means the loss of the mountain's soul that so many of us have cherished for so many years.
RIP stevens pass.
Park will be the same though maybe less room for creativity, local events will be reduced. vail has a very good discount on veteran/active service passes. honestly the only noticeable difference for the near future to the patron is it will be a little busier. the move is to bring more of the Seattle market up to whistler. from an employee standpoint it will be more regulated. the model to look at is kirkwood, which has not changed a whole lot since vail bought it.