snow, food, night skiing, events
arrogant kids, rates, slow lifts, bad staff
I'm a local and i've been skiing at sno mountain for 9 years, since it was montage. since the new ownership, the mountain has seen tons of improvements. its a great mountain to get started on, and it has one of the best terrain parks in the area, but there are plenty of turn-offs.
the mountain is a small-scale mountain there are no real "flow" problems, such as getting from slope to slope. the lifts are SLOW, surprisingly even the pheobe snow lift on northface is slow. the lift staff has proved extremely un-attentive and un-aware of whats going on, several times i've lost a ski or poll getting on the lift, the crew fails to notice, and i often have to go to the guy operating the lift and the top of the mountain and make him call the loading zone, its inconvinient.
the lighting at sno covers the whole mountain, barely. trails such as whistler and upper fasttrack are sometimes not even lit at all, but still remain open. sno mountain offers a small glades experience on the far end of the mountain, the glades suck, and (just skiing the edge) i've fallen over a few roots and have had my skis scratched up on several occasions. Another con about sno mountain is how the crew insists on blowing snow on friday NIGHTS -sno mountains most crowded night, by far. they have the nerve to blow snow on white lightning, on top of the dim lights, this trail becomes lethal, and sometimes the snow is extremely wet and sticky, making it hard to traverse the moguls.
on a seperate note, sno offers one hell of a terrain park experience. the terrain parks suit everyone from beginners, to superpipe experts- there is plenty of diversity. however, there are always arrogant kids in the parks, smoking weed, starting fights, and not calling out their "drops". all in all, the terrain park here is probably one of the best in-state, which is great, because the mountain is really close to scranton and surrounding areas.
finally, the lodge. firstly, never, ever, ever leave your skis/poles outside without a lock. i've had my poles stolen 3 times, which has left me frantic by the end of the night to try to get them back. to visit this mountain- get a lock, or put your skis in ski-check. the lodge is pretty cool. the food is WAY overpriced, and its not even that good. however, the food in the bar is a lot more fairly priced for the quality your getting. from what i hear, the rental shop has GREAT skis and boards, however if you get there after 5 on a friday- expect a long, long wait.
sno mountain really over-hypes and lies about stuff, such as having 1/3 slopes open on openining day- bs. also it took them 1.5 years longer to build the waterpark then they said it would- i'm not even sure if its completed yet. the season pass rates are OUTRAGEOUS, $550 for a minor- a complete rip-off. however their night skiing rates are great, $20 from 5-10 - four dollars an hour, you can't go wrong, take advantage of this deal
all in all, sno mountain offers fun for the whole family. last year they had a torch parade and fireworks- amazing. however, watch out for your young children, teenagers at sno mountain don't seem to be able to keep the f word out of their mouths. any level of skier or snowboarder will find a great adventure at sno mountain. have fun.