Missouri: Two For The Snow -

Skiing in Missouri means Peak Resorts. The state is home base for the up and coming empire run by Tim Boyd, who has focused operations on the basics of chairlifts, snowmaking and grooming, much to the delight of skiers and riders. Peak Resorts owns both of the state's ski areas: Hidden Valley in Wildwood and Snow Creek in Weston.

A crowd gathers to observe the Scion Open 2008 at Hidden Valley, Missouri

Hidden Valley has a 310-foot vertical on 30 acres of terrain with full snowmaking coverage capable of laying down a foot of snow in 24 hours at 20 degrees F. Trails are served by a quad chair, two triples, two rope tows and a carpet. All terrain is lit for night skiing every evening, and for midnight skiing on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in late December, weather permitting. Easy Street, the area's beginner area, has its own carpet. The Outlaw Terrain Park is reserved for expert skiers and riders.

A snowboarder in flight in Missouri.

Snow Creek has a 300-foot vertical served by two triple chairs, a double and three rope tows. Skiable acreage is weighted toward intermediate ability, and includes a terrain park and a 700-foot snowtubing park served by a conveyor lift. Rattlesnake Park is a terrain park for experts only. The area's powerful snowmaking system can cover the terrain to a depth of 12 inches in a 24-hour period in 20-degree temperatures. Snow Creek has a 10,000 square foot lodge, ski school, rental shop and Snow Monster Learning Center for children age 5 to 12.

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