Advice received in response to my earlier SnowJournal post was mixed, but my son and I picked Mount Snow for our December 29th foray into Vermont. At least eight lifts were running, including the two summit chairs (the GS Express opened at 11 am), Nitro at Carinthia, the Canyon Express, both North Face chairs, and Tumbleweed.
I grew up only 60 miles from Mt. Snow but had never skied there before. Either we stayed in the Berkshires or else drove farther north in Vermont to chase the 2000-foot vertical drops at Killington and Sugarbush or to ride the zooming pomas at Okemo (ahh, back in the day…).
Mount Snow’s staff and managers had truly done a remarkable job of covering a variety of routes. There was fresh and groomed powder on several popular runs. Lodge, in particular, drew a crowd, while Deer Run pulled novices to the south side of Mt. Snow’s Main Face. At Carinthia, we enjoyed both the new machine-made snow and the base lodge, a throwback to Carinthia’s independent days. Not all the snow at Mount Snow was machine-made. An overnight snowfall of 1-2" at higher elevations made some parts of the Green Mountains look as if winter had actually arrived.
Note to others considering Mount Snow: check out Rick Bolger’s incredibly detailed Insider's Guide to Mount Snow Resort. Print out the face-by-face descriptions and don’t leave home without them! My thanks, too, to everyone who gave advice about where to spend this day. I had no idea it would turn out so well.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
good to hear you had a good time there, that used to be my home mt. at one time, no the place inside and out. If and when we ever get a real winter the place can be a gem. And if you ever go back try to go midweek if you can to. I hope to get down to West Virginia on my way to Florida to ski a few days, seems as though you live down there. I was planning on Snowshoe, seems like the best place to go on my way down.
Woody, thanks for the report. I too have always wanted to ski Mt. Snow ever since I picked up a brochure when I bought my first pair of skis. My son and I love long blue cruisers.
Was planning a midweek trip at the end of Jan. to Mt. Snow, Stratton, and Magic based on my son's school schedule. Still debating, but will likely postpone until Feb. or early March depending on conditions/open trails.
The conditions in the pics looked nice. Maybe we'll go in Jan. just to ski somewhere if the weather doesn't change here.
That line for the Canyon Express looks horrifying...seems like the line for that particular chair gets worse and worse every year. Sad to say the half-coverage on Standard is what it usually looks like the first weekend in Dec., not the last. But still, it appears Sneaux had a lot more open and a lot more happening than most NE resorts during Christmas break.
Xmas week a few years ago I wheeled into the base area a good 45 minutes before the place opened. A bunch of college kids in official Mt Snow jackets were lined up, getting instructions and a pep talk from a guy who was obviously a supervisor of some sort. He stopped in front of one who was a bit disheveled, likely hungover, and positively lit into the kid. "Don't put that jacket on when you look like that!" blah blah blah. I had to laugh because it was quite over-the-top, but still was impressed that management tries to present a good product in every way possible.
Growing up in Williston back in the day, we turned up our noses at Mt. Snow. Now I just love the place. Great post, Woody; and Rick, I just had to bookmark your site. I have been skiing Mt. Snow for five years and I think that I have skied less than 50% of the trails.