Cub campers will love the Magic Carpet at The Launching Pad. Bigger kids can test their bump skills on Exhibition, a blue-level run right under the Summit Local chair. After skiing, check out the Galaxy Arcade. Or if you want to stay outdoors, head down to the tubing park or take a snowmobile tour under the stars.
Take the free family guided tours. An official ambassador skis or rides with you to show you what’s where and how to find the terrain you want. Sign up at the Perfect Turn Discovery Center.
If you’re going into town or someplace else in the valley, take the kids for a ride on the MOOver Transit System - mini-buses painted like Holstein cows. Shuttles are free and run frequently all along Route 100 and Route 9.
So many apres-ski choices. The Galaxy Arcade, open daily on the Main Base Lodge first floor, features video games and more.
The Main Base Area tubing park is open daily, and operates with its own Magic Carpet for uphill transport. Go to MountSnow.com/tubing to learn more.
Snowmobiling tours, sleigh rides and more are available at Mount Snow and throughout the valley. Visit MountSnow.com/wintersports.com for more information.
Even though the front face has some nice, wide cruisers (try Snowdance for a wide-open intermediate run), it also attracts the most folks. For a nice, slow skiing zone blue-rated trail, head skier’s right to the Carinthia area and float down Upper Titanium. When the kids (or you, for that matter) are ready for the challenge, The North Face is rippled with good-skiing blacks. Try Olympic for a long steady drop. You can take on the moguls on Free Fall, or just watch the hot shots do it. For a milder experience, try the Sunbrook area. Some nice blue cruisers are hiding over there, plus one killer bump run called Beartrap.
Check out trail maps at MountSnow.com/trailmaps .
If you’re into parks, you’ve come to the right place. Un Blanco Gulch was the East’s first snowboard park. It’s huge, wandering forever from just under the Canyon Quad.
This year, Inferno and El Diablo are being combined to make the longest terrain park in the East. It will feature nearly a miles-worth of hits, rails, and jibs. As for the name, that’s up to you. Visit MountSnow.com/namethispark to get in on the season-long interactive contest.
There are half-pipes, too, of course. The Gut rolls along for a cool 460 feet; here’s where the competitions (amateur and pro) take place. It gets its own surface lift. Nice touch. And, for breaks, the Carinthia lodge is right there at the bottom.
Just want to cruise? Try: Snowdance on the Main Mountain (blue); Mine Shaft (black) to Rusty Nail (green) at Carinthia; or Thanks Walt (blue) at Sunbrook.
One of the oldest and most respected ski programs in the country, Perfect TurnÒ is gentle, caring and fun for the small children and challenging and exciting for adolescents. Whether they’re just learning or tearing it up, your kids will laugh their way through a great day of learning. Visit MountSnow.com/kidsclinics for more information.
In the fun-filled playrooms of Mount Snow's state-licensed facility, they provide age-appropriate games, toys, activities, snacks, beverages and a healthy lunch. Activities include arts & crafts, home-made cooking projects, outdoor snow play, music & sing-alongs. Visit MountSnow.com/childcare or call 800-889-4411 for more information or to make your reservation.
Get your mornings off to a great start with breakfast at Dot’s Restaurant (802-464-7284), this diner-style is casual and offers take-out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Waffle Haus offers sweet treats right on the mountain. These sugar waffles are made from butter, eggs, milk and a special sugar imported from Belgium. They’re served hot and delicious daily at the base of the local summit lift and at Carinthia. In the Mount Snow Valley, TC’s Family Restaurant (tcsrestaurant.com, 802-464-5900) is a popular stop for kids and grown-ups to get pizza and other Italian delights. It is owned by the family of Olympian, Kelly Clark.
Grand Summit Resort Hotel at Mount Snow: AA full-service hotel with 200 rooms and suites, valet, bell and concierge service, Harriman's Restaurant, The Grand Country Deli and Convenience Store, room service, health club with steam room and sauna, spa services, fitness classes, year?round heated outdoor pool, hot tubs and an arcadewGrand Summit Resort Hotel at Mount Snow. A full-service hotel with 200 rooms and suites, valet, bell and concierge service, Harriman's Restaurant, The Grand Country Deli and Convenience Store, room service, health club with steam room and sauna, spa services, fitness classes, year?round heated outdoor pool, hot tubs and an arcade.
Deer Creek Condominiums: Two and three-bedroom condos on the Mountain Road. It's a short walk from the lifts, tubing and the Snow Barn Night Club; shuttle service to area attractions;
Thrifty: Snow Creek Inn. On Route 100 in West Dover.
A quiet, comfortable motel set 1.5 miles south of the resort; rooms have private bath, phone, refrigerator and CCTV/VCR, ranging from twin to queen-size beds and kitchenettes. The "MOOVER" shuttle stops here.
Base area ski rental shops are found at the Clock Tower Building and the Sundance Base Lodge. Snowboards can be rented at the Backside Snowboard Shop on the ground floor, north side of the Main Base Lodge.
Buy: In the base area at Backside Snowboard Shop or at Mount Snow Sports at the Grand.
Fun Stuff: Mount Snow is teaming up with Nickelodeon(tm) this season to offer two great events. December 22-24 will be the Nickelodeon and Mount Snow Kids' Snow Fest, featuring guest appearances by SpongeBob SquarePants(tm), Dora the Explorer(tm) and Jack's Big Music Show(tm)-sensation, Hot Peas 'n Butter. SpongeBob and Dora will be back again for Kids Rule Adventure Week, March 11-16, with music provided by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band.
Aspiring freestylers should get in one of the three Grommet Jams held this season. Kids age 6-12 get a morning's-worth of tips on freestyle skiing and snowboarding safety and technique, followed by a competition in the afternoon on the Grommet terrain park built especially for kids. Jams are scheduled for December 30, January 15 and March 11.
Kids age 9-13 can participate in the Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow Search qualifier on January 27. This all-mountain competition includes freestyle terrain, moguls and free runs and a timed run on a race course to determine who will represent Mount Snow in the national finals at Killington.
Visit MountSnow.com/packages for information about travel packages.