The Snow Report
It's almost here. The leaves on the trees are changing, the air is cooler and our mountain operations team is buttoning up some gigantic projects in preparation for this coming winter season. We're looking forward to the flakes starting to fly as much as you are, and that time will be here before we know it.
Remember to get your season pass by October 12 and save some dough on an entire winter of fun! Keep it here for more info on our plans for when we'll kick off the 2015/2016 winter season.
Lift Hours of Operation:
Weekends and Holidays: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Midweek, non-holiday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Main Base Lodge, Carinthia and Summit open daily.
Sundance Lodge and parking lot is closed for the season.
All resort services such as ticket booths, retail shops, etc... open 1/2 hour before lifts.
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A.M. EXPRESS Mount Snow offers season passholders and Grand Summit/condo owners an early lift (7:30 am) every Saturday, January 3 through March 14. We have finished for the 2014-15 season but invite you back next year for more sunrises, pristine corduroy and enjoying the mountain all to yourself!
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
Unmanned Aerial Systems Policy
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Mount Snow Ltd. (“Resort”) prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or aerial drones, by the general public, including recreational users and hobbyists, without prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating over all Resort properties. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact a resort representative, Dave Meeker, Marketing Director at 802-464-4174, email@example.com if you have any questions or if you seek prior-authorization to operate any UAS and/or aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by our Resort, which may include certification, training, insurance coverages, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries, or regulatory fines and legal fees.