Mount Snow

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Mount Snow
Mount Snow Logo.svg
Winter view of Mount Snow.
Winter view of Mount Snow.
LocationDover, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Coordinates42°57′32″N 72°55′19″W / 42.959°N 72.922°W / 42.959; -72.922Coordinates: 42°57′32″N 72°55′19″W / 42.959°N 72.922°W / 42.959; -72.922
Top elevation3,600 ft
Base elevation1,900 ft
Skiable area600 acres (2.4 km2)
Runs86
Longest runLong John (3.1 miles)
Lift system20 lifts
Terrain parks12
Snowfall156"
Snowmaking80%
Night skiingNo, only tubing
Websitewww.mountsnow.com
Mount Snow summer

Mount Snow (previously known as Mount Pisgah) is a mountain and ski resort in southern Vermont located in the Green Mountains. It is Vermont's closest big mountain to many Northeast metropolitan areas.

In September 2019, Mount Snow joined Vail Resorts' portfolio of 37 resorts and its Epic Pass.[1]

Mount Snow is home to Carinthia Parks,[2] which debuted in the 2008–2009 season. Carinthia is home to ten parks, with both natural and man-made features and a superpipe. Mount Snow was co-host of the first Extreme Games in 1995 and host of the X Games in 2000 and 2001. Carinthia at Mount Snow claimed home to the second stop of the first annual winter Dew Tour as well as many other events including the Freeski Open and Carinthia Classic.

In the summer of 2011, Mount Snow installed a brand new Leitner-Poma high-speed detachable six-pack bubble chair. This lift transports skiers to the top of the mountain in seven minutes. The bubble shields skiers and riders from wind and snow and keeps them warm. If it is a warm skiing day riders can choose to leave the bubble up. Mount Snow now has two high-speed detachable lifts from the base to summit and a total of four high-speed detachable lifts, one leaving from the Carinthia Base Area and three leaving from the Main Base Area.

Statistics[edit]

Summit Elevation: 3,600 ft (1,100 m)[3]

Vertical Drop: 1,700 ft (520 m)[3]

Skiable area: 600 acres (2.4 km2)[3]

Annual Average Snowfall: 158 inches[3]

Trails: 86[3]

Lifts: 20: 1 High-Speed Six-Pack Bubble, 3 High Speed Quads, 1 Fixed Quads, 6 Triples, 3 Doubles, 5 Conveyors, 1 Rope Tow[3]

Snowmaking: 83%[4]

Total Snowguns: 917, of which 250 are fan guns. Mount Snow has the most fan guns of any resort in North America.[3]

Terrain Park Acres: 100[3]

Gladed Tree Acreage: 124[3]

Tubing: Yes[3]

Night Skiing: No[3]

History[edit]

Mount Pisgah is the mountain that is known by many as Mount Snow and was originally named after the Biblical Mount Pisgah. A large amount of land on Mount Pisgah was purchased from the estate of Reuben Snow, in early 1953 and on December 12, 1954, the mountain, renamed Mount Snow, after the Snow family, opened to the public.[5] Entrepreneur Walt Schoenknecht owned the ski resort for many years and led its development into one of the largest ski areas[citation needed] in the country at the time.

In 1986, the Carinthia ski area was purchased and connected to the Mount Snow Trails. Five years later, nearby Haystack Mountain Ski Area was purchased and subsequently marketed as being part of Mount Snow. Haystack was sold and closed in 2005.

In 1992, the first snowboard park in the East was established at Mount Snow, named Un Blanco Gulch. The park featured jumps, a half-pipe, quarter hits, spines, wedges, banked turns, and a buried van. The park was built by Tyler Doucette under the supervision of Chris Bluto. "The Gulch" remained a staple of Mount Snow's freestyle terrain until the 2008-2009 season when all terrain parks were moved to the Carinthia area of the mountain where a new park also named "The Gulch" was established along with seven additional parks and a "Superpipe" referred to collectively as Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow.[6] In 2000, Mount Snow hosted the 4th Annual Winter X-Games. The Games shattered previous attendance records and drew in athletes from around the world. The Games returned to Mount Snow the following year.

Mount Snow's own Kelly Clark, bronze medalist of 2014 Olympic Women's half-pipe,[7] won the first American gold medal of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in women's half-pipe. She is a graduate of the Mount Snow Academy and the first athlete from Mount Snow to win an Olympic gold medal. Another Mount Snow Academy graduate, Devin Logan, won the silver medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in the Olympic debut of slopestyle. Eliza Outtrim, who placed 6th in women's moguls, also attended MSA.

In January 2009, Mount Snow hosted the winter Dew Tour. It was the first action sports tour for winter sports and is owned and operated by Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports. Many of the top athletes in action sports from around the world participated in the Winter Dew Tour. Athletes such as Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Tanner Hall, Andreas Wiig, Gretchen Bleiler, Simon Dumont, Sarah Burke, and Travis Rice all vied for the Dew Cup, awarded at season's end.[8]

The resort was operated by Peak Resorts, which bought it along with Attitash, in February 2007. In July 2019, Peak Resorts announced it entered a merger agreement with Vail Resorts and closed on the deal on September 24, 2019.[9] After that, Mount Snow joined Vail Resorts' portfolio of 37 resorts and its Epic Pass.[1]

Lifts and trails[edit]

Trails[edit]

Number of Trails: 86

  • Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 14% Novice
  • Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 36% More Difficult
  • Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 19% Most Difficult
  • Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg 1% Expert

Mount Snow is made up of four separate mountain areas: Main Face, North Face, Sunbrook, and Carinthia. The Main Face can be divided into smaller areas named after its main chairlifts. including Sundance, Ego Alley, Grand Summit, and Canyon. At the base of Main Face is the "Launch Pad", a learning area adjacent to the main base area's clock tower and ski school. There is also a learning area by the Sundance Lodge. The North Face, fittingly located to the north of Main Face, is home to some of Mount Snow's most advanced terrain, and home of the only double-black diamond, Ripcord. Opposite of the North Face on the southern face of the mountain, is Sunbrook which offers scenic trails. Carinthia is an is home to the biggest terrain park in the east;[10] boasting 12 terrain parks, 125+ features, a mini-pipe and a superpipe boasting 18-foot walls. The parks range from expert to beginner level features.

Lift system[edit]

Mount Snow has 20 lifts.[11]

Main Face:

Number Lift Name Type Builder Built Length
(feet)
Ride Time
4 Covered Bridge Magic Carpet 2 mins
5 Mercury Magic Carpet 1 min
7 Sundance Triple Yan 1984 7101 10 mins
8 Tumbleweed Triple Yan 1997 2255 5 mins
9 Canyon Express High Speed Quad Poma 1996 5506 4.5 mins
11 Grand Summit Express High Speed Quad Yan 1987 7320 7.5 mins
12 Ego Alley Triple Yan 1985 4806 9 mins
16 Seasons Double Hall 1972 485 3 mins
17 Bluebird Express High Speed Six Leitner-Poma 2011 7236 7.2 mins
24 Voyager Rope Tow 1 min
25 Gemini Magic Carpet 1 min
27 Apollo Magic Carpet 1 min
28 Discovery Shuttle Triple Yan 1998 350 1.2 min

Carinthia Lifts:

Number Lift Name Type Builder Built Length
(feet)
Ride Time
1 Grommet Magic Carpet 2 mins
2 Nitro Express High Speed Quad Poma 1997 5029 5.6 mins
3 Heavy Metal Double Yan 1987 3239 7.2 mins

North Face:

Number Lift Name Type Builder Built Length
(feet)
Ride Time
10 Outpost Triple Yan 1963 3939 8 mins
18 Challenger Triple Yan 1982 3700 7 mins

Sunbrook:

Number Lift Name Type Builder Built Length
(feet)
Ride Time
14 Beartrap Double Yan 1969 977 2 mins
19 Sunbrook Quad Garaventa CTEC 1990 4430 10 mins

Year-round services[edit]

Mount Snow has a variety of dining[12] and retail[13] options. Naturespa in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel offers an array of spa services[14] and Mount Snow has a variety of lodging properties.[15] Mount Snow Realty is also available for buying and selling homes in and around the valley.[16]

Recent capital projects[edit]

In the fall of 2017, Mount Snow completed a $30m snowmaking expansion and upgrade project of replacing miles of snowmaking pipe across the mountain to maximize the 645 new low-energy fan guns and built a new 120 million gallon snowmaking pond, called West Lake. The winter of 2018/2019 also saw the completion of the $22M Carinthia Base Lodge in the Carinthia Base Area, which broke ground in June 2017.

Summer operations[edit]

Mount Snow is open for downhill mountain biking at Mount Snow Bike Park,[17] golfing at Mount Snow Golf Club,[18] and hiking and scenic chairlift rides.[19] Outdoor Exploration Camp provides kids and teens with daily activities and adventures.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Epic Season Pass | Epic Season Pass". Epicpass.com. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Mountain". Mountsnow.com.
  4. ^ "The Mountain". Mountsnow.com.
  5. ^ "Mount Pisgah Becomes Mount Snow". Ski New England. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Carinthia". Mountsnow.com.
  7. ^ Kilgore, Adam (12 February 2018). "U.S. snowboarder Kelly Clark backs into halfpipe finals, among those she inspires". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "Vail Resorts Closes its Acquisition of Peak Resorts; Adds 17 U.S. Ski Areas Near Major Metropolitan Areas to Portfolio". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Newschoolers Park Poll 2018 - Top Five East Coast Parks". Newschoolers.com. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Mt. Snow, VT". Liftblog.com. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Dining". Mountsnow.com.
  13. ^ "Retail". Mountsnow.com.
  14. ^ "Naturespa". Mountsnow.com.
  15. ^ "Your Stay". Mountsnow.com.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-08-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Mountain Biking". Mountsnow.com.
  18. ^ "Golf". Mountsnow.com.
  19. ^ "Scenic Chairlift Rides". Mountsnow.com.
  20. ^ "Outdoor Exploration Camp". Mountsnow.com.

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