Glades, Intermediates, 1700ft verticle, close, areas, Carinthia
easy blacks, crowded base lodge, not many bump runs
Wow. Perfect word for a first time in Vermont. March of 2010 was the first time I had ever skied in Vermont. I had the best conditions- every trail and every lift was open, with no bare spots. All thanks to 4 feet, yes 4 feet of snow one week earlier leading up to a bluebird weekend when I arrived. I skied almost every intermediate in the two days I was there. My favorite trail was One More Time, way right on the main face. On the lower right of the trail there were some wonderful beginner glades- perfect at the time.
True Love. One year later. 2 words to descibe the 2 days of skiing: Rain and Alone. Skiing in drenched layers of clothing isn't the best, but no liftlines made it worth it. That year I was ready to ski on the North Face, the expert side of the mountain. I was slightly disipointed due to the easyness of the black diamonds, but there are some serious glades next to Boulder Pile and big bumps on Challenger.
Here is the complete mountain lay out along with a few tips for newbies to the mountain.
Easiest to hardest trails and sections-
Greens- Discovery Center (bunny hill), Cooper's Junction (larger bunny hill), Long John (summit green).
Blues- Canyon Area, Shootout and the other left part of mountain trails, Sunbrook area (mellow bowl way to the left), Southbowl to Cascade,
Blacks-Right is easiest on North Face and left is harder.
Bump runs- Half of Exhibition in mid-season, Roller Coaster, Ripcord (only dbl dimond), Challenger, Beartrap
Future projects- Hi-Speed Bubble Six Pack base to summit to replace 1978 Local Summit Triple (definate for 2011-2012 season), 1990 Sunbrook Quad replaced with High-Speed Quad (definate for a future season), 1987 Grand Summit High-Speed Quad to get new terminal and new chairs (definate for 2011-2012 season), More snowmaking (unconfirmed by Mount Snow), Village at base similar to Stratton (unconfirmed by Mount Snow but probably soon).
1. Carintia will keep the freestylers away from you or freestylers have fun in the 100 acre, all terrain park Carintia- complete with all size terrain parks and two pipes.
2. Use Ego Alley and Sundance triples for intermediate trails and no lift lines.
3.Snow Lake Lodge and other nearby hotels have Moover stops close by. (Moover is a free shuttle that goes to and from the main base lodge)
4. Sundance lodge can be good or bad- you'll escape lodge madness, but have to take one of the two beginner lifts to get to the main lifts.
5. Mount Snow has an awesome website that has videos, pics, mountain info, and a very, very detailed snow report that gives a lot more than trails and lifts.
6. Mount Snow has a very rich history with skis on gondolas and mountains made of ice. Go to the website to check it out.
Lastly, I would like to deeply thank the Mount Snow managment for making it a wonderful two years of skiing and learning. Trust me, I'll be back to ride the bubble and whatever comes next. Thank You from a passionate skier and Mount Snow enthusiest.