The Snow Report
Here it is, the day we have all been waiting for…OPENING DAY! Today is going to be incredible so make sure you do whatever it takes to get out here with your friends. Everyone has been hard at work in preparation for this day and it’s finally time to enjoy it. With an inch of fresh, natural snow overnight, there’s even more to look forward to.
Our snowmaking team has been thriving in this cold weather. They have put in countless hours to make today happen and it is going to be awesome to say the least. Thanks to them, we will be skiing and riding on a dozen trails with a park on The Gulch.
You can expect to lay down tracks in fresh corduroy on Canyon, Cascade, Beaver, Long John, Little John, The Gulch, High Traverse, Seasons Pass, and Launch Pad. Be sure to catch some fresh, powdery, ungroomed snow on Nitro, Ridge, and Snowdance. Bringing us to nine miles and 117 acres of open terrain with the easiest route from the summit being Little John to Long John. Snowmaking will continue through the day on Snowdance and on Ridge.
You know that the park builders over at Carinthia take pride in what they do, that’s why they’re loading up The Gulch with 10 rails for you to play and jib on.
The weather will make you think that it’s mid-winter so make sure you layer up! We’re looking at temps around 23 at the base and high of 15 for the summit with partly sunny skies overhead and wind coming from the NW at about 15-30 mph.
Lift ticket rates today will be $65 for adults, $55 for youth and seniors (age 6-18, 65+) and kids 5 and under are $5. Lower mountain lift tickets will be $35 and there's no half-day ticket rate.We will have three lifts running to get you up and out there. You can expect to ride the Bluebird Express and Discovery Shuttle on the Main Face, and Heavy Metal servicing Carinthia. Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday the 21st though Sunday the 23rd.
After the weekend, we will suspend operations Monday – Wednesday before re-opening for good (weather and conditions permitting) on Thanksgiving Day. Make sure you come out to get your first tracks of the season. I’m sure you won’t regret it.
See you on the Mountain,
Our business is very weather dependent, but here’s what we have planned. Early Season:· Early season is defined as the day we open through Dec. 19. Lifts open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m., daily. · The Main Base, Summit and Carinthia Lodges are open daily · Sundance Lodge opens for the season on Sat, Dec 13. Sundance is only open weekends and holidays. As of Dec. 20, lifts open at 8 a.m. on weekends and holidays and at 9 a.m. midweek. Lifts close daily at 4 p.m.
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The Bluebird Express will open at 7:30 a.m. for season passholders and Grand Summit/condo owners every Saturday starting January 3 through March 7 (conditions permitting). Lift access will be available anytime between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. (you do not have to be there at 7:30 a.m.) and only the Main Face will be open to ski/ride before 8 a.m. This is not a guided tour, but Mount Snow management will likely be out there because we like first tracks, too! You pick your trails and your pace. Obviously, be sure to have your season pass with you or we cannot let you on the lift. Grand Summit/condo owners, please have your partners program card with you.
Truth in Snow Reporting
Our snow reporting goal is simple – Transparency. No one should ever second-guess what a mountain reports for its conditions, weather, snow surface or anything else. When you read the Mount Snow snow report it should be trusted as if you wrote it yourself.
So, you might find our approach to snow reporting a little different from other resorts of similar size.
Every trail encompasses a certain number of acres, but depending on snow coverage not all of those acres are necessarily skiable, especially early season when resorts in the East rely on snowmaking. So if we open a wide, 20 acre trail that is only half covered width-wise with snow (i.e. skiers left is very skiable because that is where the snow guns are located, but the guns couldn’t reach skiers right so it is not skiable) we report 10 acres of that trail open. Most other places, if a trail is open that means it is reported as 100% open even if you can’t ski 100% of it.
And we have adopted a boundary-to-boundary policy, which means all of the tree terrain is always open to those who have the ability to ski/ride it, but those areas are not marked, patrolled or maintained. We have identified the gladed tree areas on our trail map to make it easier for you to find areas that have been thinned out for a more enjoyable tree skiing experience.
In short, you come to Mount Snow for a getaway, not a hassle. Enjoy our 590 skiable acres and know that when we say we have two feet of fresh powder we mean it. On the flip side, when the weather is not forecasted to be so nice we will give you all the necessary information to help you best prepare for the conditions of that day.
Our Snow Guarantee
There are certain uncontrollable factors in the alpine environment. Weather and skier/rider traffic can result in changes in the surface conditions or trail opening status. To ensure you’re pleased with the skiing and riding, we’ve created one of the most comprehensive guarantees in skiing and snowboarding.
If you are dissatisfied with snow conditions after taking at least ONE RUN within ONE HOUR of the purchase of your full-day or multi-day ticket, you may exchange it for a voucher of comparable value entitling you to a return visit any day within one (1) year from the voucher’s date of issuance. On subsequent days of your multi-day lift package, you must take at least ONE RUN and you MUST request your voucher prior to 10 a.m. Early season tickets (opening day through mid-December) and late season tickets (mid-March through closing day) are not eligible for the snow guarantee.
Please note that this is a snow condition guarantee only. No vouchers will be given for weather or lift related conditions. Tickets purchased or picked up after 12 noon are not eligible for a snow guarantee.
No cash refunds will be granted.
Mount Snow Terrain Access and Uphill Travel Policy
Mount Snow (the “Resort”) and the United States Forest Service (“USFS”) encourage the use of public lands. The Resort is located on both public and private lands. Even on public/USFS lands, you must abide by the Resort rules and USFS restrictions and follow its recommendations. Be advised, private landowners may also close or restrict access to lands they own adjacent to public lands and your knowledge and adherence to their wishes are appreciated.
Mount Snow is accessible for skinning, hiking, and snowshoeing from dawn to dusk during our winter operating season. From dawn until opening and from closing until dusk the Resort may have operations in progress including, but not limited to, snowmaking, grooming, vegetation trimming, electrical work, or terrain park feature construction. Due to snowmaking, grooming activities and associated vehicle traffic typically occurring on the mountain, we do not allow guests to access the Mount Snow trail system for skinning, skiing, riding, hiking or snowshoeing before the resort is open for the winter operating season.
During the winter operating season, guests wishing to access the Mount Snow trail system through hiking, snow shoeing, or skinning may do so after purchasing an “Uphill Travel” pass ($10 for a day pass, available in Mount Snow Sports at the Grand, or $49 for an “Uphill Travel Season Pass”, available at the Season Pass Office in the Clocktower Building) or be in possession of a valid season’s pass with a complimentary “Uphill Travel” endorsement. Guests are permitted to hike, snow shoe, or skin from dawn to dusk only. Guests engaging in uphill travel are responsible for knowing locations of closed terrain and trails, snow making, events or other operations in progress by reading the daily Snow Report, viewing trails boards at the bottom of Lifts #2, #9 or #11 and on www.mountsnow.com.
- Uphill access to Resort trails is at your own risk
- Closed trails and terrain parks may not be marked or signed from the bottom, top, or other access points on the trail.
- The trails and terrain parks are designed for use by skiers and riders and any form of downhill descent other than skis, snowboard, snow shoeing, or hiking is prohibited.
- Sledding or sliding in any form is dangerous and prohibited on Mount Snow premises.
- Guests accessing the trail system through uphill travel should stay to the side of the trail, wear highly visible clothing, and choose a route which gives downhill traffic the best view of your location. Be aware of sharp turns and knolls where you may not be in view of downhill traffic
- Guests accessing the Mount Snow trail system must adhere to Your Responsibility Code
- Your “Uphill Travel” ticket or pass must be worn at all times
- Snow shoeing trail maps are available at Mount Snow Sports at the Grand and these trails are the
- preferred method of travel for hiking and snow shoeing
- For the safety of our guests dogs are not allowed on Resort property