Resort Guide: Mount Snow, Vermont

Mount Snow, Vermont is an interesting take on the typical East Coast resort. For starters, instead of integrating their terrain parks across the whole mountain, they put every single freestyle feature on the one face: Carinthia. Couple that with the wrap around style of the resort and you have a unique mountain layout. It will be sure to shake things up from your standard weekend get away.

  • ACCESS: From NYC and South (4 hrs), Take I-95 North to I-91 in New Haven, CT. Follow I-91 North to Exit #2 in Vermont. Take Route 9 West 20 miles to Wilmington, VT. Turn right at the stoplight on to Route 100 North. Nine miles to Mount Snow. From Boston (2.5 hrs) Take Route 2 West to I-91. Follow I-91 north to Exit #2 in Vermont.
  • SEASON: Mid Nov – Mid April
  • NUMBER OF LIFTS: 20 including 1 six person “Bubble Chair” and 3 high speed quads.
  • PARK FACILITIES: Carinthia is a park zone of 12 trails, 10 Parks and a 18 ft halfpipe
  • TOP FEATURES: Part of the Peaks Pass where you can ride 7 mountains on one pass for cheaper than most single resorts season pass, 100 acres of parks.

Blue Squares as far as the eye can see.

It may seem weird at first but there is a theme of segregation when it comes to the difficulty of trails on this mountain. The entire front face of Mount Snow is blue trails with a few greens splashed in. All of the Sun Brook side of the mountain is blue except one black diamond. Nearly all of the North Face side is black diamonds. Couple this with the fact that Carinthia is all parks and you will start to see the pattern when it comes to trail planning. If you have a particular skill level then there is a zone for you to go at Mount Snow.

A bunch a blues…

If your a solid tree rider, go to the North Face. There you will find the steeper glades and tight trails where you can push your riding to its limits. If you want to ride park you’ll be busy at Carinthia all day. Or if you are just learning to ride, then the front face of the mountain has more than a seasons worth of exciting material.

Shaun Murphy eclipses the sun, totality never looked so steezy #eclipse2017.

Carinthia Parks

Carinthia is a wildly successful park only face at Mount Snow. This area of the mountain has a history of action sports claims to fame as well. Carinthia has been host to 2 Winter X Games, Dew Tour and Gatorade Free Flow series finals. With ten parks to choose from, variety is the name of the game.

You can try out the natural Jib park built entirely out of logs known as Prospector. Or hit the massive jumps of Inferno. The longest jib line of your life is on Nitro and The Farm is a perfect place to try out some interesting themed boxes and wall rides. Whatever your skill level, Carinthia has a string of tailored features to help you build your talent.

Casey Willax tweakin the mute in Inferno

On The Mountain or Down The Road?

At the summit of the mountain, you have the Bull Wheel offering local draft beers, sandwiches and snacks. Near the base, at the Grand Summit Hotel, you will find Harriman’s Farm to Table. This restaurant is a proper experience, featuring “seasonally inspired trademark cuisine with an Asian-fusion flare, casual pub fare and unique appetisers that hit the spot.”

The Grand Summit Hotel, certainly is a grand building.

There are also several great eateries just down the road, within a couple miles of Mt Snow. The Last Chair Bar and Grill is a great place to catch some classic American style food without the resort pricing. Two Tannery Road is a nice upscale but humble fine dining experience with an internationally inspired menu. Another favourite is The Silo Restaurant…you’re really on the farm now! The Silo offers American style food in that barn style atmosphere that you just can’t get anywhere other than Vermont.

Ready for a drink? The Snow Barn is going to keep the cows up tonight.

It may look calm and peaceful on the outside right now, but the Snow Barn is a raging party with live music every weekend in the winter.

When you’re at Mount Snow, you’re deep in Vermont farm country. This means that the warm milk from the cow’s udder and a pint of maple syrup are your only alternatives to a frosty cold one. Better take the beer if you have the option! Local Beers, Jägermeister and pizza fly across the bar at an amazing rate at the Snow Barn. The Snow Barn accompanies this service with some of the best live music in all of southern VT.

The cows come home to Mount Snow.

However you choose to take advantage of the efficiently organised trails at Mount Snow, you will certainly have a good time on the hill. The selection of terrain and great local food is a winning combination yet not one you see very often in a ski resort. Take advantage of the small town lifestyle and you may find yourself forgetting all about the big city when you’re in West Dover, VT.

 

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