difficult terrain, old facilities
What to say about Hogadon. Owned by the City of Casper it sits on top of Casper Mountain overlooking the city. It is very accessible being just a 15 minute drive from downtown Casper. Casper is also very accessible being located in central Wyoming on the edge of the prairie, Interstate 25 runs through the middle of it and you can easily get there from any where in Wyoming, west Nebraska, west South Dakota, or eastern Montana. Hogadon is unique in that you drive to the top of the mountain first. All of the facilities, parking lot, day lodge, ski and board rental, lift ticket office, ski school, and ski patrol are on the top of the mountain. I am not a widely skied person but I have never seen this arrangement anywhere else. Hogadon falls in the rustic category. Built in 1958 I do not think it has been updated much since then. This is not all bad though. Old facilities mean low prices. Adult lift tickets are just $37 which is the cheapest in the region. The group I go with qualifies for the school group price of $14 per ticket, try to beat that. The terrain is okay; however, there are only two green runs for the beginner. There is only 600 feet of drop; however, it is infamous for being very steep, even the green runs are tough. This makes for good skiers, the Casper race team has beaten other teams from places like Jackson Hole. I give it five stars for families because Hogadon is also unique in that no alcohol is sold on site which means no drunks to scare small children. If you must drink Casper is close by and has plenty of places to imbibe. The fellow skiers were friendly offering helpful advice, most of the staff was including the ski school seemed concerned and caring; however, the manager of the snack bar was grumpy at the very least and maybe even downright mean, he needs customer service classes. Hogadon may not be a destination resort; however, it is an excellent hometown hill, if you are in the area it is worth stopping and making a few turns, the skiers in Casper can be proud.