Ski Resort Life

Resort Guide 2013: #16 Mount Snow

"For urban refugees in search of a weekend getaway, Snow fits the bill."


Mount Snow’s greatest asset will never change. “It’s the first area in Vermont when you’re driving from New York City/New Jersey/Connecticut,” one reader notes. But while that’s been a common refrain over the years, a new theme is popping up in the reader comments. “They’re really making great efforts to improve,” one notes. “They” is Peak Resorts, which, since taking over Mount Snow a few seasons ago, has made skier-friendly improvements in three key departments. One reader has paid particularly close attention: “They have over 250 fan gun snowmakers, and the snow quality is simply far superior to anywhere else. The new Bluebird Express (six-pack bubble chair) is an engineering marvel that makes cold weather lift rides a thing of the past. And Carinthia Parks, which takes up a whole mountain face, is the best park system in the east, hands down.” Those improvements show up in the rankings: No. 8 for Grooming, No. 6 for Lifts, and No. 2 for Terrain Parks. As for weaknesses, Scenery (No. 26) and Character (No. 28) are still a little soft. For urban refugees in search of a weekend getaway, Mount Snow fits the bill. “Cruiser heaven, but there’s some nice steep stuff on the North Face. Something for everyone, and they know how to move crowds.”

What’s New >> Dot’s will be back! Hurricane Irene flooding swept the landmark diner away. Owners, at first doubtful, have decided to rebuild.

On-Hill Lunch >> Readers love Mount Snow’s specialty burger joint, 1900 Burger, with its hand-formed angus beef patties.

Bragging Rights >> The frontside won’t thrill experts, but don’t judge Mount Snow til you’ve checked out the North Face: the runs aren’t long, but they’re steep.