Resort Guide 2018: East #3
At Mount Snow’s annual holiday photo event it’s not uncommon for four (or more!) generations of resort families to proudly pose. The resort earns that generational dedication.
While Mount Snow is known as a terrain park mecca thanks to the magic they make on Carinthia (“It’s a huge draw!”), the overall vibe wins loyalists. “It’s the culture of the resort that brings me back,” says one reader. That culture includes a solid learning program that builds experts, well-maintained classic trails, and management that “responds to the needs of the guests.” They’re doing that in a big way, investing $30 million into snowmaking this year that, with a new lake to draw from, means “virtually limitless” snowmaking, along with a $22 million rebuild of the Carinthia base area next season. That should answer pleas of regulars to spruce the place up. Don’t expect folks to stop requesting, though. “Needs new lifts!” says more than one, despite the resort’s No. 2 ranking in that category. They’re coming, with the Sunbrook section scheduled first in a year or two. Listening and acting: that’s what builds generations of fans.
“Early access for pass holders on the weekends! Getting a couple of early runs in before the crowds appear is great!”
Those who lament Mount Snow’s moderate terrain can head to Ripcord, a rite of passage. Steep, quick and semi-crazy, it’s a worthy proving ground.
Even non-jibbing readers are impressed by the Carinthia terrain parks.
The Bull Wheel. The view from the summit partners with great food (try the PERL sandwich) and a great selection of Vermont microbrews. Bonus: Crowds forget about it midday, leaving it open for you.
A sixfold increase in snowmaking water capacity, making Mount Snow's snowmaking system the most powerful in the East after $30 million in upgrades; the resort broke ground on the new Carinthia base lodge in June. It will open for the 2018-19 season at the Carinthia base with a full-service restaurant, a cafeteria, two bars, and more.