Cascade seems to be frequently overlooked in favor of Mount VanHo, its giant XC neighbor. That's fine, though, because within a few yards of ducking onto one of Cascade's trails you feel like you have the entire place to yourself. It's possible to ski for hours and not see anyone else. Cascade's trails connect to the Jack Rabbit and, if you have a certain ski pass, to Mount VanHovenberg, but even if you just choose to stay within Cascade proper it will take several hours to cover all the trails. The terrain is gorgeous and offers beginners a good chance to feel comfortable gliding along without a ton of people around.
Passes are $12 and feel like a bargain. The XC shop seems well-equipped and staff members are helpful. When it's time to warm up the lodge offers a cozy place to hang and to refuel with decent food for both meat-eaters and vegetarians (although the entire menu isn't available all of the time). Plus,the bar is decently stocked if you choose to use alcohol to help you thaw out.
Not that the following is an experience that most people will have, but on one visit I was a bonehead and dropped my wallet in the lodge. Didn't realize it until getting back to my hotel -- I called, they said they had it and staff waited for me after closing time so I could pick it up. Made what could've been a bad end to a great day on the trails even sweeter.
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