>>In The 90`s when I first started skiing in WA both The Pass and Stevens had mid week day tickets for less than $20 ($12 Tuesdays at Stevens) but a season pass was over $600. The pricing model has been flipped upside-down and today's deal on the season pass is a terrific value. I'll take cheap passes over cheap day tickets anytime.<<
Hold your horses there! The pricing model hasn't been flipped everywhere, and there's really only one local resort with "cheap passes".
The pre-season online "sale" price for a season pass at Crystal is $850; buy after Sept. 15 and it's $950. You have to ski there 17-19 times this season to get payback on a season pass.
Stevens isn't much better; at $729 their payback is 16+ times this season (they even advertise "16+" on their web site!!) You have to be a hardcore north-side local to go for that. I live in Kent, so there's no temptation there.
If you don't mind the drive, Mission Ridge has some decent pricing. Their $309 deal ended May 31, now it's $379 until Sept 30, then $509 afterward. Their daily "Suggested Lift Ticket Prices" (so, is it on a donation basis or what??) show $44 for adults. Using the current $379 pass price, that's a nine-trip payback. Much more reasonable. And at $44, I may have to venture over there just to check it out; I've never been.
For now, a 6+ trip payback at The Summit is fine by me (and last year we did waaaaaay more than that, mostly at Hyak because my wife LOVES it.) Plus we used one free day at Northstar at Tahoe; that's a great value all by itself.
For me and my family, The Summit is still the best value around by far. Your mileage may vary.