Snow Creek, in western Missouri just a little north of Kansas City, fills a void for snow-starved skiers and snowboarders that live in this region. Lots of weekly specials keep day-trippers skiing and riding.

Sunday night is the Friends and Family Special when you can save $19 off the regular evening rate. An adult snow pass is $30 and youth $27. A pass and rental package is $40. Military Appreciation Days are available Monday through Friday throughout the season. Active duty personnel with a valid ID can ski and board for $5. College Student nights take place on Thursday from 4-9 p.m. Show a valid college ID and receive half-off lift tickets for both skiing and snowboarding and tubing. Birthdays are always in. Show proof and ski or board for half-price.

A Tornado Alley Tube Park Special is Wednesday and Thursday nights 4:30-8:30 p.m. A four-hour pass is $30 and a two-hour is $20.

Regular lift tickets are $42, and a youth (7-12) ticket is $27. Children up to 6 and seniors (70+) are free anytime. Midnight session, Friday and Saturday 9 p.m-2 a.m, lift tickets $25.

Snow Creek with a 300-foot vertical drop, 12 named runs, the Rattlesnake Terrain Park, three chairlifts and surface tows, plus Tornado Alley Tubing Park with its own lift, offers a nice close to home choice for Kansas City snowsport enthusiasts. Other choices would involve driving hundreds of miles.