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Mount Snow

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Conditions
 
 
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Manchester NH Regional Airport
Airlines:
Air Canada, Continental/Continental Express, Delta/Delta Connection,  Southwest Airlines,  United/ United Express,  US Airways/US Airways Express
Car Rentals:
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty


Albany International Airport      
Airlines:
Air Canada, Cape Air, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
Car Rental;

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, Thrifty

 

Burlington International Airport

Airlines:

JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport.

 
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
By Train:
Amtrak(1-800-USA-RAIL) Vermonter to Brattleboro Station, Vermont, and the new Ethan Allen Express to Rensselaer/Albany.
 
 
 
Local Service:
Valley Cab: 802-348-7827

Classic Limousine Service: 800-660-1609

New England Vacation Tours/Buzzy’s Taxi Service:802-464-2076

The MOOver
The MOOver is a free transportation shuttle serving the Mount Snow Valley. Painted like Holstein cows, the MOOver has over 30 stops along the Route 9/Route 100 corridor, between Wilmington and West Dover. It’s perfect if you don’t want to drive to Mount Snow. Just put your skis or snowboard in the racks provided on each bus and you’re on your way! The MOOver is the third largest public transportation system in the state of Vermont. For scheduling info, please call the Deerfield Valley Transit Authority at 802-464-8487 or visit their web site.
 
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
Check our other guides for more area lodging and dining options at these nearby resorts: Magic, Bromley, Stratton,and Okemo.
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Grand Summit Resort Hotel
Base Area, Ski In/Ski Out

 

Hotel rooms, studios and multi-room suites with full-service kitchenettes, spa services, health club, outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, in-hotel ski/board/bike check. Mount Snow Sports and the Grand Country Deli/Convenience store are right in the hotel. Varies with unit

$233

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$839

Snow Lake Lodge
Base Area, Shuttle Served

 

Renovated in the summer/fall 2010, with new furniture, carpeting, bathroom fixtures, and upgraded common areas. Sauna, hop into the indoor or outdoor hot tub or visit the arcade. Walking distance from a great evening of entertainment at the Snowbarn (winter only).  Enjoy a continental breakfast served daily 7 am to 10 am. 6

$99

To

$199

Mount Snow Condominiums
Base Area, Some Ski In/ Ski Out, All Shuttle Served
Condos with hot tubs, saunas, indoor pools, game rooms and exercise equipment. Ski-in/out units are available and all of our condominiums are serviced by a free shuttle system. Use of the Grand Summit Hotel health club and outdoor pool & hot tubs are included in the rental through Mount Snow Condos. 8

$159

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$869

Area Lodging Motles, Inns, B&B, Condos and Lodges through out the area Varies with Proprieties Varies with Proprieties
       

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Dining
Comprehensive list of On Mountain Dining Options
Doveberry Inn
284 Vermont 100
West Dover, VT 05356
 
The Hermitage Inn
25 Handle Road
West Dover, VT 05356
 

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Snowsports School

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Mount Snow
Description:

Mount Snow is one of eastern USA's largest resorts as well as Vermont's closest big mountain to the New York City area. The sprawling resort features five separate mountains with north, south and east facing slopes. A highlight for snowboarders is Mount Snow's Super "X" Pipe, a nice treat from the X-Game's. Additional highlights include the "Grommet" -- a special for-kids-only terrain park (adults must be accompanied by a child age 12 or under). Off the slopes Mount Snow has built the Grand Summit Hotel and Crown Club. The hotel includes a heated outdoor pool and ski-in/ski-out accommodation to the base area.

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Posted

Pros: Close to NJ/NY, Variety of terrain, friendly people, Great snow

Cons: can get crowded, need to work on after hour amenities

I have been going to Mt. Snow for almost 10 years and the new ownership has really improved the mountain a lot.  They have put in over 10 million or something like that into snow making and groomers.  There is another lift or two ready (6-pack to the top is the rumor) to go up this summer and looking down the road there is more to come.

 

Now to the Mountain

There is a great variety of terrain, from easy trails like ridge and snow dance to ripcord which has one of the steepest in VT.  There is plenty of glades if you know where to look (they took them off the trail map)(the glades on north face and sun brook are really fun and the glades between trails at Carinthia are a little more open, also fun) and there are moguls all over the place (hit up bear trap for some fun) they also seed moguls on Roller coaster.  Then there are a large number of wide groomed trails that make for great wide open carving (my favorites are exhibition on the main face and free fall on the north face).  For those who like to throw down some tricks (I personally don't) two years ago or so they made Carinthia an all park face (only in the east) with 8 parks, 2 pipes (most features in the east).  Although it took away some fun terrain it moved all of the boarders and trick skiers away from other parts of the mountain and has attracted a lot of new riders.  

 

The few cons are it can be crowded on busy weekends and holidays and one the slopes shut down there is not much to do on the mountain but the valley is killer with tons of stuff to do and plenty of restaurants (just does not have the "Ski Village" many like on the mountain). Also the lift tickets (like every VT mountain) are fairly expensive.

 

**UPDATE: The have installed the 6-pack bubble to the summit for this year.  They also improved the base area with the tap room open after the slope closes and added a burger joint with some killer burgers.  The mountain continues to get better and better. Also while it can get crowded at the base there are plenty of ways to avoid the crowds (just stay off the bubble and that the "exposed" high speed quad (horrible i know) to the top).

Posted

Pros: Best VT access from NY & NJ, great place for kids

Cons: $79 lift tix a bit steep - this isn't the Wasatch.

I just can't say enough great things about this mellow little resort.

My personal predilections are for resorts that are huge, sick, steep, & deep.

Mt Snow is none of that, but when I'm here with my wife and two little girls, I'm all smiles.

The village is cozy, tidy, & well run, with a lodge scene that is like a throwback to Norman Rockwell America.

Got a backpack with $1500 worth of gear in it? Toss it in a corner. It will be there when you get back.

Try THAT at Squaw!

 

Our kids love this place, and we're happy it's a big step up from the Poconos & Catskills on all fronts: Mt. Snow moves skiers well, does a fine job with snow-making and grooming, and the skiers are 1000-times better than the yahoos in the Poconos, both in athletic skill & the simple art of common courtesy.

The drive is only about 4.5 hrs from the NYC area, and with a 4 & 7 year-old in the back seat who don't need more mountain yet, we're happy we're not doing the full 6.5 hours to Stowe!

 

Both of our girls took their first ski lessons here.  The ski school is a reasonable value for the money, but you'll need to check in regularly: our eldest had confidence issues at first, and they kept parking her in the "hot chocolate" room, & we kept having to talk her back out onto the snow. (Breckenridge, by way of contrast, matched our daughter with instructors by personality & athleticism instead of age & nominal skill level, and the results were exponentially better).

 

On a powder day, there is some fun tree skiing here: in particular back on the North Face and the glades tucked between runs on Carinthia.

Appropo Carinthia, Mt. Snow has done a great job placing their terrain park complex over on this side of the mountain, thus giving young jibbers & huckstronauts their own space, which leads to far less "snow squeegeeing" on other parts of the mountain. (You've all seen it: young jibbers who can't carve very well will sideslip the entire face of a run just to set up for some minor "hit" further down the hill.)

 

As for the stabs below blaming Joisey & NYers for ruining the weekend vibe, I'm a Californian & a linguist, and the loudest, most abrasive voices on the mountain are without fail the Bwostonians.

Just sayin'.

I prefer the perfect solitude of a mountain all to myself, and hate weekend crowds as much as the next guy, but there are only so many times a year I'm going to pack the family in a jet and fly to the Rockies.  For those short, 3-day family snow trips, this is the East-Coast ticket.

 

In all, a great little family resort that makes the most of what South Vermont has to offer!

Posted

Pros: Dont exist

Cons: Carinthia

I have skiied Mt. Snow a few times thinking i could convince myself to liking it. It never worked... My review is based on a skier who catches the first chair of the day and does not stop for lunch. I guess you could call it hard core i just call it skiing. The mountain has little terrain variation, and the only nice part of the mountain they turned into a complete terrain park. Who runs this place a bunch of teens ? The cost of this mountain makes it hard to justify the price of a ticket. MT. Snow if you want to run with the big dogs act like a big dog. This mountain belongs in NJ for its chaos factor. And for those of us who like a challenge or steeps there are no steeps. Now if the corporate BS went away then maybe you would have some repeat customers, not just the CT people that have homes in the surrounding towns. Forget this place you will be bored. I suggest a nice mountain like Okemo or Stratton would be worth your hard earned $$$

Posted

Pros: snow making, trails, wide mountain, terrain

Cons: price, lines, sometimes crowded, lack of good restaurants in the area

i love this mountain, been skiing there since i was 2, so a total of 18 years so far! it has trails for everyone, easy and hard, ripcord for the best! great tree skiing when there is powder and the parks are rated the best in the east. this is the only mt i go to every year, and wont stop. the bad part is the price of the ticket cost so much! luckily I have a college pass! the night life is okay, you just need to know where to find it. as far as fine dining in the area, it is hard to find. Mount snow does have some great events though. They have hosted the xgames twice, the dew tour twice, and have great events every year. this year they are even hosting the finals to the mountain dew vertical challenge, always a great family event. All of the staff is very friendly and fun to be around. staff is there to greet you as you walk in and sometimes they give out free granola bars! also, they have the best waffles at the cabin. they are so tasty and after a long day of skiing, this is all you want to eat. or maybe have a drink at cuzzins which is a great bar right at the main base. tons of fun. over all I really love to spend my weekends at mount snow. the 3 hour drive for me goes by quick because I know what I get to spend my time doing the rest of my time there. shreding great snow with great people, eating yummy waffles and skiing fast in the trees. the sites are beautiful especially the dragon lake. 

Posted

Pros: terrain park

Cons: easy terrain, crowded, expensive,

The mountain has no character this is yuppie skiing at its worst. No hard terrain all groomed. No moguls. Not much tree skiing. Nothing like skiing should be in my opinion. Unless you want to hang with snowboards stoned out of thier minds on the half pipe or ski sub par terrain I do not advise going here. This is from someone that skis Mad River Glen 20 + times a year. I like un groomed moguls and natural skiing so if thats what your looking for stay away from corporate MT. Snow. Go to Magic in southern Vermont. 

Posted

Pros: Huge Terrain Park, Tons of Snow Making, Amazing Grooming, Friendly People, Really Fun Runs

Cons: Expensive Lunches

I have been skiing there for a very long time and I love every second of it. My only problem is the price of food. It's pretty bad. If you can, I would suggest bringing your own food. Other than that, amazing trails and lots of diverse runs. It's a lot of fun.

Posted

Pros: steeps (relatively), great snowmaking, borders have their own area

Cons: Proximity to NY and NJ. The weekend Joisey crowd.

Mt. Snow is the best hill south of Killington, unless there's been a dump of real stuff, then just go direct to Magic, and forget everything south of MRG and Sugarbush.

It's not a complete poser's hill like Flatton or Nokemo, and when conditions are OK, Ripcord is a taste of vertical. The tree skiing is also decent on the North Face.

They made a completely different area for the knuckle draggers over on the south side of the place, so they scrape off all the topping somewhere completely separate from where civilized people go. There's also a lot of "areas" at Mount Snow, so just about everyone can find something they really enjoy.

On weekends the NY/NJ crowd can spoil this area as they can everything within driving distance, so be prepared for the equivalent of the Gotti family in the liftlines, making it a nasty cluster for everyone involved.

Great place, and the most fun you'll have before Killington as far as terrain, and a place that really tries hard to give you a good product for the price.

Posted

Pros: fast cruisers

Cons: weekend crowds

I coined the word "glitzy" because of Mt Snow. Back in the 60's they had a heated outdoor pool (near the bar), and indoor ice skating. Need i say more? Close to Boston, tons of people on weekends.

I think it was in 1968 they opened the trail Jaws, then called Jaws of Death. Great name. It was so narrow, I couldn't get down the top part without my Fisher Alu 205cm ski tails hitting the trees on the side of the trail. ALL the trees had "tail marks" on them! That was fun. Then they made it wide & named it "Jaws". Oh, well.

Still - tons of lodging around Dover, and a nice hill. Nothing really steep, but a fun place.

Posted

Pros: WIDE variety of terrain

Cons: Can be crowded

Mount Snow...a place where Ive spent most of my adolescent winters. Theres something for everyone here. Beginners will find nice wide bunny hills, and long cruisers (see Long John/Deer Run). Advanced skiiers should head to the North Face ASAP for some great runs. For those seeking pipes and parks, head to Carinthia where you'll have a whole mountain face dedicated just for you guys.

Since it is the biggest/closest mountain to NYC in Vermont, sometimes it can get a little crowded, but really no more than any other VT resort. I think crowds are just an unfortunate part of the east coast .

Nightlife is decent. The Snow Barn, and The Silo are 2 of my favorites. There are some good places if you're looking for a nice sitdown meal too. TC's and Panchos Wreck in Wilmington are good for families.

Theres no shortage of lodging. The Grand Summit hotel at the base of Mount Snow is a little pricey/classy for being the 25 y/o ski bum I am. The Snow Lake Lodge is more my style, and its a good value for the money, and I stress that. If you dont wanna stay on mountain, theres plenty of hotels/motels on Route 100 to rest at for the night.