Great Divide Review

by: anonymous_user - Nov 20, 2007

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 2

    Date Visited: Nov 20, 2007


Full review

A ski hill for the locals. A ma and pa ski hill. Due to the lack of natural snow, its not worth the drive unless you live within 20 miles of the hill. They push that they have lower prices compared to neighboring resorts, but you get what you pay for. Be wary of ski reports, as they tend to be exaggerated which can be very disappointing. They do blow a lot of snow to create a base, but its only on 2 runs that they use for night skiing. Do not hesitate to bring your rock skis, as you will more than likely meet up with a few rocks, twigs, etc. I would recommend bringing a vehicle that is four wheel drive if you have one. There is 7 miles of gravel after you turn off the pavement, and the last few of these miles (from Marysville on) can get quite muddy/icey/snowy/etc depending on weather and time of year. The word is that this section of gravel is slated to be paved in 2008 or 2009. Night skiing is great, although runs are very limited. They have a nice terrain park for the size of the mountain. There is a nice variety of terrain across the mountain. IF, and I focus on IF, they do get a lot of snow, this mountain can be quite fun. There are many acres they can open up to the left and the right of the main part of the hill (Mount Belmont) which they call (Rawhide Gulch & Wild West) that present many areas to explore with the chance of rarely seeing anyone else. Lifts are slow, but if you like to "get away" from the crowds, this is the place. Last year they had Rawhide and Wild West open maybe 2 weeks, with only a few days of good skiing, so call ahead to see if its open and ask about conditions. A nice place to learn. A nice place to hang out with friends.

Bottom line; a nice little hardworking family owned ski hill that is fun when they DO have snow. If the snow is lacking, take the money that you will pay in a ticket, gas, and a tune up on your skis after you bounce over rocks and ski some fluff at the more reputable snow covered mountains in the state.

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