The Snow Report
AHH, don’t you just love Fridays? Now that the day is winding down, we’re looking forward to Saturday…don’t you just love Saturdays? I have a couple reasons for you to love this Saturday. Where should I start? Well how does demo day sound? That’s not all, tomorrow the tubing hill opens, and then in the evening we have the Mount Snow Film Festival...and that’s only Saturday. This weekend we will be dropping ropes on Sunbrook thanks to our snowmakers, and there will be 17 yes that’s right 17 lifts running. Nitro over at Carinthia is now open so you can have some fun over there, and the Air Bag is up until Sunday.
What I’m about to say should get you excited. Tomorrow the weather is calling for ideal winter temperatures. We’re looking at a high of 27 at the summit and 30 at the base under mostly sunny skies with low wind from the E at 8-14 mph.
Our snowmaking team has been pumping the guns on 11 trails including Thanks Walt, Milky Way, and Bear Trap over on Sunbrook, which will be opening tomorrow. For all of you who like the steeps, our double black diamond trail, Ripcord will make its season debut tomorrow. Those new HKD snow guns have been piling up huge whales of fantastic snow for your shredding enjoyment.
So look forward to playing on at least 64 open trails covering well over 500 skiable acres and just about 30 miles spread across all four mountain faces. Charlie’s Chase will be closed tomorrow for racing. Our snow cat pilots will be out tonight grooming 23 of those trails to lay down some corduroy so the snow surface will be machine groomed/frozen granular.
We plan to have 17 lifts spinning from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lift ticket prices will be $90 for adults, $70 for youth and seniors (6-18/65+) and kids 5 and under are $5. Half-day tickets will be $70 for adults, and $55 for youth and seniors. Lower mountain tickets will be $40.
Nitro is now pumping with a mile long park packed full of new features including jumps and rails. The park crew did an awesome job so check it out. Before you try that new trick in the park try it out onto a soft landing on the Air Bag that we have today until Sunday.
Mount Snow has a boundary-to-boundary policy, which means the trees are always open but not maintained or patrolled. Tree skiing and riding is for experts only, always ski in threes and be very, very cautious.
The tubing hill will be open on Saturday, December 20 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Have you checked out our sweet deals like our Ski and Stay Getaway? For just $69 per person, you get a night of lodging right here on resort property AND a lift ticket. That comes out to less than what it is for just a lift ticket. Take advantage of that deal and spend Saturday into Sunday because Saturday we have Demo Day and it IS the holiday season so if you’re in the market for new gear, try before you buy. Later that night we are holding the 4th Annual Mount Snow Film Festival at 6:15 p.m. at the Sundance lodge.
Come check out all of our new additions and fun things that we have for you this weekend
See you tomorrow,
- More Info
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