Mount Snow

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Mount Snow
Winter view of Mount Snow.
Winter view of Mount Snow.
Location Dover, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Coordinates 42°57′32″N 72°55′25″W / 42.95889°N 72.92361°W / 42.95889; -72.92361 (Mount Snow)
Top elevation 3,600 ft
Base elevation 1,900 ft
Skiable area 589 acres (2.38 km2)
Runs 85
Longest run Long John 3.1 miles
Lift system 20
Terrain parks 12
Snowfall 156"
Snowmaking 80%
Night skiing No, only Tubing
Website http://www.mountsnow.com
Mount Snow summer

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

The mountain is within the Green Mountain National Forest and operates under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

The resort is operated by Peak Resorts, which bought it along with Attitash, in February 2007.

Mount Snow is home to the East Coast's first All Park Mountain Face, Carinthia at Mount Snow, which debuted in the 2008-2009 season. Carinthia is home to nine parks, with both natural and man made features and a half-pipe. Mount Snow was cohost of the first Extreme Games in 1995 and host of the Winter 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.

In the summer of 2011 Mount Snow installed a brand new Leitner-Poma high speed detachable six pack bubble chair. This new lift transports skiers to the top of the mountain in 7.5 minutes. The bubble shields skiers and riders from wind and snow and keeps them warm. If it is a warm skiing day you 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 4 high speed detachable lifts.

Statistics[edit]

Summit Elevation: 3,600 ft (1,100 m)

Vertical Drop: 1,700 ft (520 m)

Skiable area: 589 acres (2.38 km2)

Annual Average Snowfall: 156 inches

Trails: 85

Lifts: 20 Total High speed six pack bubble: 1 High Speed Quads: 3 - Fixed Quads: 1 - Triples: 6 - Doubles: 4 - Surface Lifts: 4 - Rope Tows: 1

Snowmaking: 80% [1]

Night Skiing: No, but there is Tubing at night

History[edit]

Mount Pisgah is the mountain that is known by many as Mount Snow and was originally named after the Biblical Mount Pisgah (Bible). Mount Pisgah was purchased from its original landowner in early 1953 and on December 12, 1954, the mountain, renamed Mount Snow, opened to the public. Entrepreneur and dreamer Walt Schoenknecht owned the ski resort for many years and led its development into one of the largest ski areas in the country.

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 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.

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 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.[2]

Trails and Lifts[edit]

Trail ratings[edit]

Green Circle (novice): 15%

Blue Square (more difficult): 70%

Black Diamond (most difficult): 15% [3]

Mount Snow is made up of four separate mountain areas: Main Face, North Face, Sunbrook, and Carinthia.

Year-Round Services[edit]

Mount Snow has a variety of dining[4] and retail[5] options. Naturespa in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel offers an array of spa services [6] and Mount Snow has a variety of lodging properties.[7] Mount Snow Realty is also available for buying and selling homes in and around the valley.[8]

Future Expansions[edit]

Mount Snow is in the process of replacing miles of snowmaking pipe across the mountain to maximize the 645 new low energy fan guns and is building a new 120 million gallon snowmaking pond, called West Lake, and are hoping to move forward with plans to build a new base lodge in the Carinthia area. They have a master plan to expand the resort, which includes updating the Main Base Area and the Sundance/Snow Lake Area and adding residential units.[9]

Summer Operations[edit]

Mount Snow is open for downhill mountain biking at Mount Snow Bike Park,[10] golfing at Mount Snow Golf Club,[11] and hiking and scenic chairlift rides.[12] The Family Camp at Mount Snow offers all inclusive, fully customizable family vacations[13] and Outdoor Exploration Camp provides kids and teens with daily activities and adventures.[14]

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