Mount Snow has been a household name in Eastern skiing for nearly 70 years now, and it’s easy to understand why. Plenty of snow coverage on perfectly manicured trails—“Best snowmaking and grooming in the East!”—is Mount Snow’s M.O. (No. 12 in Snow, No. 9 in Grooming). Readers also love how close it is to major metropolitan hubs, ranking the resort No. 8 for Travel Ease. Mount Snow’s location does tend to be a double-edged sword, however, as New Yorkers and Bostonians flock en masse on most weekends.
Expect some COVID-related changes at Mount Snow this season in accordance with Vail Resort’s guidelines, including reduced chairlift capacity and mandatory face coverings in crowded areas. Still, with four distinct mountains easily accessed from either of the two top-to-bottom lifts (No. 10 in Accessibility), there’s plenty of room to socially distance. Ranking No. 12 for Terrain, Mount Snow has something for everyone, from the swooping cruisers in the Sunbrook area to the steeps on the North Face to Carinthia’s world-famous terrain parks. “Mount Snow is absolutely the best environment for family or young adult skiing,” says one reader. “Food is great, people are the best on and off the resort, the quality of skiing on the mountain is awesome, and there is nothing like a happy hour at Mount Snow.” — Rick Sorensen
2021 Reader Resort Ranking for Mount Snow, Vt.: No. 17 in the East
- LOCAL TIP: Though Mount Snow may lack some charm (ranked No. 19), the nearby town of Wilmington more than makes up for the deficit. Just 15 minutes from the mountain, Wilmington abounds with dining and après joints that absolutely ooze Vermont flavor.
- APRÈS SPOT: The Dover Bar and Grill, referred to affectionately by locals as “DBAGs”, is a true ol’ fashioned ski town dive bar. No glitz or glam here, just cold beer and good company. Chat up patrollers, shoot some pool, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
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No. 16 in the East: Seven Springs, Pa.
Mount Snow's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 3rd in the East
What's better than a shiny new structure in your very favorite playground? Nothing, say Mount Snow skiers. The new $22 million Carinthia Base Lodge, which debuted last winter, gives the resort more downtime space, better food options, and spreads out the crowds. And skiers love what they find outside that new base, too, ranking the resort No. 2 in Grooming. “Mother Nature throws some curveballs at Mount Snow but their grooming team is second to none,” one reader claims.
That snow (No. 4) covers 12 parks and tons of varied trails, though readers would love more advanced terrain. Still, they appreciate the family-friendly vibe of the resort (No. 4). Dining and off-site lodging was once a gripe, but things are looking up, with readers now ranking the resort No. 3 in Lodging and No. 6 in both Dining and Après. You can find great craft beer across the resort and now, chef-created sit-down meals (like braised short rib poutine) at the Iron Loft. What’s more—it’s all easy to get to (No. 3 in Travel Ease). “Most southern big mountain in Vermont, and no reason to travel any further,” says one fan.
That, of course, can mean crowds. Readers really want Mount Snow to replace some lifts, and while there are no plans as of now, look what happened when they begged for a base lodge. The folks at Vail Resorts, who now call Mount Snow family, should take note. “You get it all at Mount Snow,” one reader says. With a No. 3 overall ranking, it’s hard to argue. — Moira McCarthy
- LOCAL TIP: Start and end your day at Carinthia. Not only is it a convenient base for the day, but for a small fee, you can park 50 feet from the lift.
- DINNER PICK: Folly, located in nearby Wilmington, creates a weekly Friday through Sunday menu based on what is fresh and available. Divine farm-to-table dining.
- WHAT'S NEW: Fools Gold, at Carinthia, offers park lovers something the resort has never had: top-to-bottom terrain park fun with all small features. A perfect place to learn and improve.
SKI Magazine's 2019 Review of Mount Snow, Vt.
Mount Snow really outdid itself this past season. After a $30 million overhaul of its snowmaking system, the mountain was able to open the most terrain of any U.S. resort for the first six weeks of the 2017-’18 season and kept skiers happy with incredible grooming and snowmaking throughout the winter.
On and around that snow, loyalists love the variety of terrain and the resort’s kicked-back vibe, and park rats can’t get enough of Carinthia terrain park, the best in the East. Mount Snow’s accessibility is another strength: its Southern Vermont locale makes it a smooth shot from NYC as well as Boston.
Despite the huge investments the resort made last year, Mount Snow isn’t done upgrading. What’s new this season? Oh, only a $22 million base lodge at the foot of Carinthia that will be five-times the size of the old Carinthia Base Lodge, NBD. - Moira McCarthy
Come to Mount Snow for the..
- ACCESS Only 1.5 hours from Albany, a relatively easy 3.5-hour drive from Boston, and within weekend-distance from NYC.
- VALUE Skiers between the ages of 18-29 get unrestricted, unlimited access to Mount Snow for $399 on the Peak Drifter Pass. Seriously.
- BRAGGING RIGHTS 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.
- AIR TIME Even non-jibbing readers are impressed by the Carinthia terrain parks.
- BEST EATS 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.