Mount Snow Ski Getaways

ski getaways

A fixture in the Deerfield Valley for nearly half a century, Mount Snow has grown a lot since ski pioneer Walter Schoenknecht bought a chunk of land on Mt Pisgah from farmer Reuben Snow in 1950.

Four years later, rechristened Mount Snow, the resort opened with two chairs, two tows, and seven trails. Schoenknecht's vision of "the ski resort of my dreams" lives on today, although he might not recognize the old farm. Twenty-three chair lifts, three of them high-speed quads, and five surface lifts surface lifts serve hundreds of acres, including 139 acres of hand-cleared tree terrain.

With over 50% of the terrain rated blue square Mount Snow is well-placed to cater to the "weekend warrior" crowd, those individuals and families who only get to ski or board a few times a season (whether it's the weekend or not). They make up the majority of skier/rider visits nationwide, and Mount Snow's southern Vermont location, wide choice of appropriate trails, snowmaking and grooming keep the place jumping on weekends and holidays.

Those who are more advanced will find they are not neglected. The North Face is all marked black or double black diamond except for River Run, and it's highlighted by the legendary Ripcord. The steepest glade on the mountain drops right alongside it. This aspect really does face north, so the snow stays cold and dry longer. On the other side of the mountain, literally, the Sunbrook area encompasses a network of southwest facing trails, including Thanks Walt, and a nice glade. Here's where to head on a very cold day or to get a jump on spring snow later in the season. Both the North Face and Sunbrook sections offer the feel of a separate area; Carinthia used to be a separate area and Haystack still is. While Carinthia melds seamlessly into the main mountain, Haystack, open weekends and holidays, is a short drive away.

While three quarters of the mountain is given over to intermediates and beginners, Mount Snow's terrain parks are another matter altogether. Once you've mastered Grommet on Beaver Hill, step up to Un Blanco Gulch or the Ridercross course on El Diablo. Complete your park degree on double-diamond Inferno, or play in the massive The Gut Superpipe on Iron Run.