Kelly's Blog: Welcome Mudders

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Last year I created an info guide for Tough Mudder and I hope it was helpful.  I just updated it so you can navigate your way through the weekend like the orange headbanded champion that you are.

Bag Check or Drop: $5 for participants only.  Located in the Base Area Post-Party zone in front of the Bluebird Express Lift.

Chairlift Rides:  The only lift running will be the Canyon Express chairlift and you can ride it to the highest point on the course.  It runs from 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday.

New this year, the base of the lift is within the Base Area Post-Party zone.  If you would like to ride the lift, first you must purchase the Tough Mudder spectator pass.  Tickets are $20.00 if purchased online ( before noon on Friday, August 9, 2013.  During the event guests can purchase spectator admission directly from Tough Mudder for $40.00 in the Drop Zone.

Chairlift tickets will only be sold out of the Cape House, located in the Base Area Post-Party zone.

Pricing is as follows:

Adult (13 & up) – $10.00

Youth/Senior (6 – 12/65+) – $5.00

Child (5 & Under) – free

Season passholders will not be charged to ride the lift provided you have your pass, however, you will need to purchase your spectator pass first.

Please be aware that the lift will bring you up but there is no downloading.

Coolers:  Coolers will not be allowed into the Base Area Post-Party zone.

Course:    The course is over 10 miles long but with our elevation expect it to feel like 16+.  You can get your hands on a course map at registration/spectator check-in or at the Canyon Express lift.

Dogs:     We love dogs, cats, birds…you name it.  But we do not allow dogs on Mount Snow property.  Please do not bring them to the resort.  Thanks so much!

Entertainment:    The Snowbarn nightclub will be open on Saturday at 7:30 pm for the official Tough Mudder after party.  Tough Mudder party games and give-aways galore.   Stop by for a beer and one of their great pizzas.  The music starts up at 8:30 pm with DJ K.O. Joe and there is a $10 - cover charge – 21 plus only and we ID everyone.

Food & Beverage:    There’s lots of food and beverage options to keep you fueled.  Breakfast starts at 7 am and is available at the Marketplace Cafeteria in the Main Base Lodge.  In the Base Area Post-Party zone you will find Zoohoo’s, Everything Crepes, Hot Shot Café (takes care of all coffee needs),Harvest Kettle Corn (very addictive – trust me), The Taste of Thai, Tony’s Pizza and the Marketplace Café.  Wow – sounds like a food festival.  Cuzzin’s will be open for sit down service and the Cuzzin’s deck will be open with a BBQ.  Of course, we will be serving up plenty of Dos Equis at Cuzzin’s, inside or out.

I would highly recommend the Grand Country Deli (located in the Grand Summit Hotel.)  Harriman’s Restaurant in the Grand Summit Hotel will open early on Saturday at 3 pm.  I am very excited about our NEW  Champion’s Dinner Buffet in the Grand Summit Hotel beginning at 5:30 on Saturday - also a great carb-loading idea for all of you Sunday Mudders.

At night, the Mount Snow Valley offers a great variety of restaurants and bars and they are ready to make sure you get a good meal after a challenging day on the mountain.  Click here to visit our Chamber of Commerce website and check out all of your options.

First Aid:     Our staff will be on mountain and we also have walk-in facilities nearby the Walk the Plank water feature, at the base of Carinthia, in the Base Area Post-Party zone (Cape House) and our Mountain Medical facility will be open each day for injuries requiring more advanced medical attention.  If you are in need, ask any staff member and we will call for assistance.

Lost and Found:       Located at the Info Desk located in the registration area (Drop Zone to all you skiers.)

Mountain Biking:  Our on mountain trail system is closed through Sunday, August 11th.  The Cross Town trails are still open and you can get more information at our bike shop located in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel.

Parking:     There is a parking fee of $10 per car, per day to park at Mount Snow.  We accept cash only, no credit cards so please plan ahead.  This will give you a parking spot close to the event, which is handy if you forget something you can just run back to your car.

The Mount Snow region offers an excellent FREE public transportation system called the Moover.  The buses are painted like Holstein cows.  The Moover will bring you right to the Main Base Area and did I mention FREE?!

Please do not park in fire lanes.

Registration:      Participant registration is open 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday and 9 am to noon on Sunday.  Registration is located right in front of the Clocktower Building.  You can’t miss it – look for a bunch of white tents.

Retail:   Don’t worry – if you forget something, we have you covered.  Our retail shops have everything from fleece to flip flops.  And if you are a bargain hunter, stop by the the Cupola, located on Route 100.

Showers:       Cold showers are located at the top of our Covered Bridge lift, at the south end of the Base Area Post-Party zone.  These showers are free.

We also have warm showers located in front of the Main Base Lodge, in the Base Area Post-Party zone.    Warm showers are $5 and we have private changing rooms available to you.

There are also foot washes near the entrance to our Main Base Lodge.  Please use them before you enter to help us keep up with the mud – Thanks!

Spectators:         To purchase a spectator pass that gives you access to the Base Area Post-Party zone, go online ( by Friday at noon and pay $20 pp.  If you wait, on-site spectator tickets are $40.  Spectator pass pick up and same-day sales are located in the Main Base Registration area in front of our Clocktower building.

The Base Area is a great spot to take in the action.  A short distance from the base you can see several obstacles:  Arctic Enema, Boa Constrictor, Everest and Electroshock Therapy.

Carinthia is another great spot to watch the event.  There are several obstacles right at the base including Mud Mile, Glory Blades, Electric Eel, Funky Monkey,  and the Gaunlet.  The Carinthia base lodge will be open for first aid, restrooms and vending machines.

Volunteers:   Volunteers will register at the Discovery Center, located in the Main Base Area, right next to the participant registration.  From my experience last year I would suggest you bring a small pack with sunscreen, bug spray, warm clothes, a snack and water.  You never know where you will end up and how long you will be there.  Be prepared!  Volunteers do not have to pay to park.  Tough Mudder will send you a parking pass.  If you have volunteer questions please email

Water Stations:  There are several spots on the course for water, bananas, etc.  They are located at base of Carinthia, near Walk the Plank (Carinthia), near Boa Constrictor, Warrior Carry, after Hold your Wood, Lumberjacked and uphill after Cage Crawl.

Good luck to all Tough Mudders -  we are so happy that you are visiting our valley.

Everest Delivers!
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