Getting to Mount Snow
Though most people prefer to drive, if you live in New York City you can take the Adventure Northeast Bus service. The bus departs from the Dublin Bar on 79th street between Broadway and Amsterdam at 10 a.m. on Monday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, buses depart at 1 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, the bus departs Mount Snow at 3:30 p.m. On Friday, it departs at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. If you don't live in New York City, you can take Greyhound to Brattleboro, Vermont, and then take a cab to the ski area. However, the cab ride will cost at least $50.
Mount Snow Stats
Mount Snow has a base elevation of 1,900 feet and a peak elevation of 1,700 feet. It has 20 lifts, which service 100 trails on 488 acres of skiable terrain. With 73 percent of the terrain rated blue, Mount Snow is favored by intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The rest of the resort has 14 percent beginner or green terrain and 13 percent rated black or advanced. The resort receives about 156 inches of snow each year. Opening and closing dates are weather-dependent. However, the resort usually opens in late November and closes in late March.
Mount Snow Mountains
The Mount Snow resort is divided into four different mountains, which include Main Face, North Face, Sunbrook and Carinthia. Main Face has the most beginner-friendly terrain. It is also home to Snowdance, a long, lovely wide-open blue trail that is atypical of the narrow winding trails that characterize New England resorts. Carinthia has 12 terrain parks, which are filled with a variety of rails, jumps and pipes. This is a freestyle skier and rider's playground. North Face offers some of the steepest, and thus the most challenging, terrain in the Northeast. As its name implies, Sunbrook has a number of sunny and scenic intermediate trails.
Mount Snow Lodging
The Grand Summit Hotel, as well as other generic condominiums, are on-mountain. If you prefer lodging with a bit more character, the town of Dover has an abundance of bed and breakfasts. You can take the free bus, known as the Moover, to the resort.
If possible, avoid signing up for ski lessons on holidays. Classes are overcrowded, and the sign-up line is outdoors. Midweek in mid-January is the best time for lessons. Most of the holiday crowd has left. Since many people can't take midweek lessons, you might end up with a semi-private lesson for the price of a group lesson.