Years ago, Mixing Bowl had its own 700′ double chair. Groomed regularly. Usually groomed. Three routes run from the top of the Sunbrook Chair. By mid-season, with full snow coverage, Snowdance is 100 yards wide, and probably the foundation trail for Mount Snow’s reputation for pleasurable skiing. Plenty of snow coverage on perfectly manicured trails—“Best snowmaking and grooming in the East!”—is Mount Snow’s M.O. Now the entire trail is known as Titanium. Natural snow only. It’s rated a blue square simply because it leads only to blue square or higher, and thus discourages novices from following it to their doom. Not groomed. Use the Mount Snow trail map to help you scope out which chairlift you want to start your day on the slopes from, what trails and zones you want to check off your list during your vacation and where you might want to stop for a hot-chocolate break or an on-mountain lunch. It then joins Tin Lizzy, runs through a tunnel, then traverses back to Cooper’s. It doesn’t have Killington’s reputation, nor Okemo’s pristine conditions. Brief name for traverse linking Titanium to bottom of Mine Shaft, used to access lower segment of Claim Jumper. Looks steep to the novices on Long John. Mount Snow has the well-earned reputation of being the closest “real” ski mountain to the urban areas of the Mid-Atlantic. PDF and Plummet are narrow and, more often than not, bumped up. Officially named to coincide with the 2008-09 parkification of Carinthia. An old trail, not named on early maps. Annoying traverse that runs from Titanium to Stugger’s Chute, bisecting the sterrain parks on Nitro and Iron Run. The more commonly used option is to take Ridge after a short stint on Deer Run/Little John. Good practice area. Mixing Bowl was an interesting slope adjacent to the Covered Bridge surface lift. Ticket windows are also well staffed this season. Two chairs run from the base area to the summit. Narrow by comparison to Cooper’s, and usually has a couple of people plowing their way from side to side. Refers to the large beginner/novice area served by the carpets, rope tow, and short chair. Last but not least are Milky Way, an under-used intermediate run from the summit of Carinthia that winds down to the Sunbrook base. I don’t get it. Well all you really need to know is that even in this horrible season, the list of positives was a lot longer than the list of negatives. SnowPak was founded in 1992 and we have over 28 years of experience and have been organizing ski trips for hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers. Somerset is a way to move across the Main Face from Canyon Express, but honestly, you’re better off skiing down a regular trail and traversing at the base. Inferno shown in double black has reverted to Stugger’s Chute and is now an intermediate run Narrow Gage runs the liftline of the Heavy Metal chair. The #19 Sunbrook chair is a fixed grip quad that trundles along at a leisurely pace, taking a full 10 minutes to run the valley back to the summit. Like everything else in the neighborhood, it wears a blue square. Note that the summit section of Deer Run is now officially called “Little John,” and still other sections have been renamed for a re-routed Long John. Sundance trail in yellow, Meadow in blue, Ridge in green, Hop in purple, High Traverse to South Bowl shown in black. Work with your team or co Because it can be negotiated by a high end novice, it’s a great way to give developing skiers a look at the North Face — and particularly an eye-popping view of Ripcord. Natural trails often had very sketchy conditions for the brief periods they were open. Enjoyable, narrower version of neighboring Snowdance. Until recently, this trail was the lower section of Lodge. Summit was once known as Upper Ledge, and before that it was Upper Ledges. Known as Cold Brook Trail back in the Carinthia days, re-named Handle Road after Mount Snow took over, which in turn was re-named Rusty Nail, then briefly became Au Naturel, the thought being that it would be something of a “natural” terrain park. Mount Snow - WikiMili, The Free Encyclopedia - WikiMili, The Free Encyclopedia If you can make the time to do it, ski alongside a trail with large features (they have narrow alleys on the side for us gapers) and watch what goes on. Nitro Express quad chair shown in red, Heavy Metal double shown in green. The photo shows the Gulch circa 2006, near the end of its run. Ridge ends at Meadow after a nice rolling run that most intermediates love. Not used much. Short, mild trail that leads from the top of the Nitro Express chair down to Long John on the Main Face. Both are fixed-grip chairs that rumble along at a quicker pace that the Discovery triple, but nothing too taxing. Summary of Carinthia: Because it is one of the premier terrain parks on the planet, it gets crowded. It’s seldom groomed, but doesn’t usually bump up too much. With the recently completed Bluebird Express and snowmaking improvements underway, it was a bad year for Mother Nature to say “feh.” But that’s what she did. Another route from this chair is Hop to Meadow (since re-named). For more old-timey photos and memorabilia, please click here for our vintage Mount Snow page. Note that Mount Snow no longer maintains these sections. The upper part of the original Jaws of Death is now the top part of Plummet. Thanks to low avalanche risk, this peak just north of the town of Roslyn is a popular all-day trip, rising... Sun Top Lookout. Unchanged for decades, although the specific territory referred to as Choke used to include the very topmost portion of Standard (now Canyon). Rusty Nail is a medium-feature, natural park. None of these are anything that anyone will really want to seek out. Trails, from left to right: Big Dipper shown in yellow. Beginners have plenty of places to go, from Ski Baba to the Launch Pad, but there is one spot that absolutely rules as soon as the beginner is capable of riding a chairlift: Cooper’s Junction. There’s a Learning Center, plus expert childcare and ski and ride lesson programs. Older trail has followed similar route for decades, although the original name was Ridge Run; the “Run” portion was dropped sometime after 1982. Generally groomed. Because you have to ride another chair to reach it, Sundance is seldom crowded, and the runs it services are generally empty as well. Smallish, too many trees, pointless. There’s even a few good tree lines, if you look hard enough. Short trail of moderate difficulty that leads skiers off of Sundance to Ego Alley; frequently used to move away from Sundance to Summit chairs. With the oversized features, and the incredible length of the feature-laden trails, Carinthia was the area that enabled Mount Snow to be ranked “#1 in the east for parks and pipes” year after year. Lower mountain tree skiing section, rather small, located skier’s right (looker’s left) off the Tumbleweed chair (go left off the chair and turn left), not a good place for a tree skiing area. May or may not be groomed; seems to get an occasional grooming. Try South Bowl, Drop, and then take Link to Ridge and the Sundance lift, where you can then tap Shootout, Uncles, and Hop for additional blue square cruising. Was known as Riese’s Run for the 2003-2004 Season as the result of a “name a trail” charity auction. It predates Ripcord; Jaws of Death opened in 1958 and was the marquee black diamond of the 1970s when Ripcord ran a somewhat gentler route with the name “Slalom Glade.”. Megatrails Canyon and Snowdance are wide enough so you can find your own piece of turf to make turns, even if it’s not exactly the fall-line. For a lot of skiers, however, the trip to the summit is all about two key trails at Mount Snow: Deer Run (part of which is now “Little John”) and Long John. Generally groomed. Up until a few years ago the real under-used gem at Carinthia was Ski Baba, an outstanding novice trail alongside the #1 Ski Baba chair, a fixed-grip double that chugs up the slope in about 2 minutes. 6. Not groomed. Chute, Freefall and Fallen Timbers get frequent grooming, particularly Fallen Timbers. Almost constantly groomed but it doesn’t much matter, trail mainly just funnels skiers to the base area. Today, 50+ years after Mount Snow opened on December 12, 1954, we look at the outstanding resort that is his legacy, and simply say, “Thanks, Walt.”, The grand old mountain of Southern Vermont did just fine during the ASC reign, despite ASC’s best efforts to let it die on the vine. Another listed “trail” in this area is Gunsmoke, which is really just a merger of Short Fuse and Frontier. In other words, the fan guns and the early season snowmaking have paid off, and Mount Snow appears to once again be a major force in the northeast ski scene. Tunnel Vision shown in orange. Runs from top of Sundance chair, although you do have to follow the flat section of Long John briefly to reach it. Natural are the trails like Big Dipper and Olympic, natural snow only and seldom (if ever) groomed. This was an introductory terrain park for beginners located on the Beaver slope. Exhibition runs the liftline of the Grand Summit Express. Another summit route into Sunbrook is a rather easy trail known as Moonwalk, which terminates at Little Dipper. Another run, Committed, is listed in the snow reports as a Main Face trail, but is primarily used to flirt with the North Face, as is Skyline. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world: We have been proud to provide you with free access to snow reports, resort guides and more, and we are beyond grateful for your readership and contributions to our community over the years. Charlie’s Chase is a trail that runs adjacent to Sapbucket, and catches some traffic from Lodge and Standard. Trail was lower portion of Nitro prior to parkification of Carinthia. Good for moving from the gentler summit trails on the left side of the mountain (skier’s right) to Overbrook, Snowdance, Standard, etc. Consisting of 12 separate trails, all with terrain features of one type or another, Carinthia is considered the best freestyle area in the East and annually hosts a stop on the Winter Dew Tour. This slope was called Rope Tow when it was part of the original Carinthia ski area. Milky Way shown in light blue, lower right of image. Old line Carinthia trail now an extremely advanced terrain park for psychotics. The other original run was known as “Coldbrook,” which no longer exists in complete form. The real “hotshot” type skier may prefer the audience and piped in music on Beartrap, but that trail doesn’t come close in terms of all-around difficulty. He devised a 300′ geyser that engineers found difficult to duplicate a half century later. In 2008, mountain owners, Peak Resorts, converted the entire area into one giant terrain park, with features, rails, and kickers of all sizes and shapes. Mine Shaft starts right off with a mini-pipe, front and center at the base is the big superpipe. Plan out your day before heading to Mount Snow or navigate the mountain while you're at the resort with the latest Mount Snow trail maps. Generally groomed. Nitro spent a year with a “name this park” title. Either way, they all end up at Standard, which is possibly the best-known intermediate trail at Mount Snow, since it is usually the first to receive snowmaking in mid November. Each is a minute or less in ride time. Sometimes icy & windblown at the narrow top of the trail. By Evan Johnson/Angelo Lynn. Fallen Timbers generally has the best snow conditions, and with terrain that offers periods of respite, is probably the easiest route in this section. Thanks Walt in black. Cloud Nine runs the upper 2/3 liftline of the Sunbrook quad. Ideal for novices, the Main Face features Long John, an iconic 3.1-mile green trail that’s forgivingly sloped and blessedly isolated, so beginners need not fear getting mowed over by speedsters. Summit liftlines and parking lot snarls recalled the heyday of the 1970s. Superpipe located at Carinthia base. One of the very few black diamonds on the Main Face, this is but a very brief headwall on skier’s right at the end of Ego Alley. It is rumoured in skiing circles that the original, lower novice area (shown in the foreground in this photo) will be developed for other uses. Unlike the turnpikes at Killington and Okemo, there are really no dangerous intersections with higher rated trails. Neither has snowmaking coverage, so they are often left natural to preserve the cover. You can use it to jump on Deer Run/Long John, or use the moderately pleasant High Traverse to move elsewhere on the mountain. No longer shown on the 2008 Carinthia map. Runs from termination of Upper Lodge at Link, then sort of runs into Standard although it officially turns skier’s right into Charlie’s Chase. Keep working skier’s right and hit Upper Exhibition and Ego Alley, then lap the Ego Alley lift for a couple of runs, as it usually doesn’t have a very long line. Square Feet. All three are pretty much left to bump up. Rolling terrain, could be handled by a high-end novice. Early and late season, and off-peak days, the Challenger runs while the Outpost sits idle. For Sundance area skiers who don’t want to bother with Deer Run, or when Hop and Shootout are closed, a quick zip down High Traverse leads to the lower 2/3 of South Bowl, a moderate blue that uses Link to reach Ridge. Call 802-464-6606 for prices and reservations. South Bowl is perhaps the most popular of the non-Deer Run/Long John routes, and is described in the Sundance section above. Welcome to TrailsEdge, Mount Snow’s luxury ski on & off townhomes, winner of the Home Builders Association “Excellence in Home Building” HOBI Award for Best Vacation Home! Downside to the Sundance Area is that the chair seldom runs, and when it does, it’s one of the first to be shut down. Interesting trivia is that this trail originally appeared on the trail map with no name, it simply had an asterisk * with the footnote “To Be Named.”. But if you ask any intermediate who ventures down Ripcord, they will tell you it is a very long, torturous route. Sundance chair shown in red. The Outpost triple makes the ascent in 8 minutes, while the Challenger clocks in at 7. Mount Snow’s trail map (and everything else for that matter) boasts a 1700′ vertical on a 1900′ base elevation with a 3600′ summit. A few clubs are out getting their trails ready or open. When groomed, easy for mid level novices to negotiate. It’s a line of demarcation between lower mountain and summit area. Narrower than most of the trails in Sundance, and not always groomed, can be one of the tougher blues at Mount Snow even though it isn’t very steep. On some of our maps and such you’ll see a terrain park called “Un Blanco Gulch,” which was reverted back to the lower Canyon trail, and then re-named Roller Coaster, which is what they call it now. The dashed red line at the top is Committed, and the light blue below Ripcord is River Run. Cut-off is the only trail that leaves and re-enters Deer Run; it “cuts off” the crowded corner on the shoulder of the mountain. A best-kept secret of Carinthia is that even traditionalists can have fun here, as sections of good snow can be found on the sides of most of the area’s trails. I guarantee you will be impressed. Intermediates can do hours worth of laps on the Canyon Express and not get bored. The view is simply spectacular. Mount Snow Ski Resort Trails [CLOSED] is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dover, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. On mountain changes and new trail names/terrain parks described below. Has followed the same route for decades. Trail was called Upper Villager on Mount Snow’s 1986 map. Mid mountain tree skiing section skier’s right off Ego Alley. Wonderful Sunbrook cruiser named in honor of the founder. The main difference is in the grooming; generally one or the other is tamed. Cooper’s is a big field, a roller coaster of sorts, with just enough length and pitch to make it infinitely more exciting than the Launch Pad. Schoenknecht may not have invented the snow gun, but he certainly provided the impetus. Haystack was purchased and added to Mount Snow in 1994, and sold off during 2005. Traverse connects top of Sunbrook chair with top of Canyon Express. Everything you need for an easy, comfortable, and memorable Mount Snow experience is right here at the Happy Trails Townhouse. Probably the easiest of the black diamonds on the North Face, a fun trail with varying pitches. Runs from top of Sunbrook, ends at junction with Big Dipper where Big flattens out. View the Mount Snow trail map for a preview of the trails and lifts at the ski resort. Currently there are 12 lifts of some form or another on the Main Face. If the line for Canyon Express is more than 5 minutes, they move to the 10 minute ride on the Sundance Chair (#7) to make use of Hop, Ridge, Shootout, and Sundance. Traverse connects Long John and Deer Run to Standard. Without the convenience of the Sundance chair, you have to work your way back to the summit chairs via the annoying Beaver trail complex. The summit rises 3,600 feet up and the vertical drop is 1,700 feet. Older trail now combined with Upper Choke, runs from the Summit to partway down Canyon. 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