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Mount Snow as seen in the 1960s
Mount Snow
Dover, Vermont
Status: Open
First Season:1954-55
Vertical Drop:1700 feet
Standing Lifts:1 high speed sixpack, 3 high speed quads, 1 quad, 6 triples, 4 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:
Left: Mount Snow as seen in the 1960s
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
6/7/2016: Mount Snow Removes Ski Baba Chairlift
5/25/2016: Mount Snow EB-5 Program Approved
5/9/2016: John Christie Passes Away
5/8/2016: Cash Strapped Peak Resorts May Be Forced...
Mount Pisgah Becomes Mount Snow
As the story goes, Walt Schoenknecht visited a snow covered Mt. Pisgah in Vermont on October 2, 1946 and decided he would one day build a world class ski area there. Walt then operated Brodie, MA that winter and then developed Mohawk, CT the following season.

Circa May 1953, Schoenknecht purchased 500 acres of land on Mt. Pisgah from the family of Reuben Snow for $15,000. Snow's name would eventually be used as the name of the new ski area.

Initially a $4 million project, the ski area opened in late fall 1954 (actual dates of first operation vary depending upon the source) with two unique, chain-driven double chairlifts and a rope tow, serving five trails and two slopes. 1954-55 proved to be a 'sensational' year snowfallwise, thus helping push Mount Snow into a strong sophomore year expansion.

For its second year, Mt. Snow added its longest chairlift yet, a 3,800 foot chain double chairlift. The new chairlift pushed Mt. Snow over the 1,700 foot mark in advertised vertical drop, making it one of the largest ski areas in the northeast. The snowfall was once again abundant, with the ski area reportedly staying open into May.

The Mount Snow 1960s base area
The Mount Snow 1960s base area
Business Booms
For the 1956-57 season, the South Bowl slope was opened. For beginners, the Mixing Bowl chain double chairlift was installed. Locally, the positive effects of suddenly having a large ski area were felt. Hourly wages in town reportedly increased by 25 to 50%. Gas stations saw 500% increases in gallons pumped. Property values soared.

Another bottom to top chain lift combination was installed in 1957 and 1958, as the Sap Bucket and South Bowl double chairlift lifts were installed. Also during this time period, a "test trail," called the Jaws of Death, was cut. Three expert trails officially debuted in the new North Face complex for the 1959-60 season, though a long trek back to the main mountain was required for the next few years due to the lack of a lift. In addition, the famous Long John Trail was also built for the 1959-60 season.

Now billing itself as the World's Largest, Most Exicitng Ski Resort, Mount Snow debuted its Sun Dance area for the 1960-61 season with a new double chairlift and base lodge. After years of complaints about noise and dripping oil, the Sundance and Beaver double chairlifts installed this year were of traditional design, built by Carlevaro & Savio.

Meanwhile, a private ski club named Carinthia opened south of the Sun Dance area during the 1960-61 season. Developed by Walter Stugger, Carinthia would remain a surface lift only area for near the first two decades of its existence.

The Mount Snow 1960s summit
The Mount Snow 1960s summit
Additional Carlevaro & Savio double chairlifts were installed at Mount Snow for 1961 and 1963, the latter of which finally provided lift service to the expert North Face area.

Considering his 10 year plan complete after only 8 years, Walt Schoenknecht pitched a new 20 year plan following the 1962-63 season. By the mid-1970s, he planned to have 21 double chairlifts, 6 gondolas, 4 tramways, and 6 trail complexes, with the capacity to handle 40,000 skiers per day. The overall estimated price tag for the development was $75-$85 million. As part of the conversation, he (jokingly or not) suggested using an atomic bomb to lower the base elevation of part of the mountain, in order to increase the vertical drop.

Struggling with back problems, Schoenknecht loathed taking his skis off. As such, he devised a skis-on gondola for Mount Snow. His $900,000 G1 'Telecabine' two person gondola (also known as a bubble chairlift) debuted in March 1965. Also that spring, the Air Car opened, a small Carlevaro & Savio tramway connecting the Snow Lake Lodge to the ski area.

Also this season, a new 'luxury' ski area popped up down this road. Complete with a wine and cheese shop, Haystack Mountain opened with ambitious long term plans. Though the upper mountain at Haystack would open the following season, much of the planned luxury remained on the drawing board.

A fourth floor was added to the Mount Snow base lodge in 1967, while an exotic outdoor heated pool was constructed at Snow Lake Lodge.

Starting around 1968, work began on yet another trail complex, later known as Sunbrook.

Early on Sunday morning, January 19, 1969, the Mount Snow summit lodge burned to the ground.

Mount Snow's second Telecabine gondola, the G2, was installed for the 1969-70 season, further increasing uphill capacity. In addition, the new Sunbrook complex made its debut later that season.

Financial Woes
Skiing at Mount Snow in the early 1980s
Skiing at Mount Snow in the early 1980s
Mount Snow started to run into financial problems as a result of the capital expenditures and increased energy costs. In the middle of the 1970-71 season, a merger with Davos, Inc. was announced. Walt Schoenknecht stayed on board for a few years, but returned solely to Mohawk likely following the 1973-74 season.

Energy issues and multiple bad winters forced Mount Snow into bankruptcy in 1975. First Wisconsin Mortgage Trust and North American Mortgage Investors ended up taking control of the ski area. Mount Snow was eventually purchased by the Sherburne Corp. in 1977 for $4.5 million. The ski area was later rolled into S-K-I Ltd. (1984), American Ski Company (1996), and Peak Resorts (2007).

Expansion by Acquisition
The adjacent Carinthia ski area was absorbed into Mount Snow in 1986. Nearby Haystack Mountain ski area was added (though never connected) shortly thereafter and would remain aligned with Mount Snow until being sold in 2005.

Over the course of 11 years, Mount Snow added three high speed detachable quad lifts to remain competitive amongst destination resorts.

While the overall footprint of the ski area has remained steady in recent years, critical upgrades have been rolled out for both the snowmaking and lift systems. Once again remaining cutting edge, Mount Snow installed New England's first high speed six pack bubble chairlift in 2011.

In January 2014, it was announced that Mt. Snow had been approved for taking part in the EB-5 program. Under the EB-5 program, a foreigner can invest $1 million in an approved United States business (which must then create jobs), in exchange for a green card. With Vermont labeled a Targeted Employment Area, the minimum investment is cut in half to $500,000, making participating rural businesses such as Mount Snow more attractive. Mt. Snow's initial Eb-5 plans were to attract over $50 million in capital to fund snowmaking improvements and a new Carinthia base lodge. Ground was broken on the new West Lake snowmaking reservoir in 2015.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 27, 2016 by rocket21
Spring Snow, Spring Snow
Feb. 18, 2016 by skiliftdude
Loose Granular, Ice
Feb. 6, 2016 by skiliftdude
Packed Powder, Loose Granular
Jan. 27, 2016 by skiliftdude
Frozen Granular, Variable Conditions
Jan. 16, 2016 by skiliftdude
Powder, Packed Powder
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NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Mount Snow Removes Ski Baba Chairlift - Jun. 7, 2016
Mount Snow EB-5 Program Approved - May. 25, 2016
John Christie Passes Away - May. 9, 2016
Cash Strapped Peak Resorts May Be Forced to Discontinue Dividends - May. 8, 2016
Peak Resorts Financial Woes Mounting - Apr. 26, 2016
REPORT: Peak Resorts Financial Concerns Prompting Layoffs, Construction Delays - Apr. 10, 2016
Peak Resorts Revenue Declines Sharply - Mar. 16, 2016
Mount Snow to Hold Cold Brook Sedimentation Meeting - Nov. 21, 2015
Peak Resorts Announces Mount Snow EB-5 Project Fully Subscribed - Aug. 26, 2015
Mount Snow to Host West Lake Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday - May. 26, 2015
Mount Snow NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
West Face
Cancelled
1960s
Deerfield Ridge
Cancelled
1980s
North Face
Open
1959-60
Sunbrook
Open
1969-70
Carinthia
Open
1986-87

Image Gallery
1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Bear Trap in 2007Beartrap Double
Carlevaro & Savio-Yan-CTEC
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
The Bluebird Express base terminal in 2014Bluebird Express
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
2011-12
The Canyon Express in 2005Canyon Express
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1996-97
Nitro Express in 2005Carinthia Express
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1997-98
Top of the Challenger Triple in 2006Challenger Triple
Yan
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1982-83
The Discovery Shuttle Triple top terminal in 2014Discovery Shuttle Triple
Yan
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1998-99
Ego Alley Triple in 2007Ego Alley Triple
Yan-Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1985-86
Grand Summit Express circa the early 1990sGrand Summit Express
Yan-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1987-88
The bottom terminal (2016)Heavy Metal
Yan
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1987-88
Outpost Triple in 2005Outpost Triple
Yan-CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1988-89
The bottom terminal (2016)Seasons Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1972-73
Sunbrook Quad in 2006Sunbrook Quad
CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1990-91
The top terminal (2016)Sundance Triple
Yan
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1984-85
The bottom terminal (2016)Tumbleweed Triple
Yan
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1997-98

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Aircar at Mount SnowAir Car
Carlevaro & Savio
Aerial Tramway
1964-65
-
1977-78
Beaver Double
Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1960-61
-
1983-84
Beaver Triple
Yan
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1984-85
-
1996-97
Canyon Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1971-72
-
1995-96
The Standard Lift (right) circa the mid 1960sExhibition Lift

Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1954-55
-
1977-78
G1 Gondola circa the early 1980sG1
Carlevaro & Savio
Gondola - 2 Person
1964-65
-
1986-87
G2
Carlevaro & Savio
Gondola - 2 Person
1969-70
-
1984-85
Little Beaver

Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1954-55
-
1980s
Mixing Bowl Lift

Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1956-57
-
1996-97
North Face Double
Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1963-64
-
1988-89
Sap Bucket Lift

Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1957-58
-
1980s
Ski Baba in 2002Ski Baba
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1979-80
-
2015-16
The Snow Dance Double (left) with the Standard Lift (right) circa the mid 1960sSnow Dance Double
Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1961-62
-
1995-96
South Bowl Lift

Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1958-59
-
1960s
South Bowl T-Bar

T-Bar
1960s
-
1970s
Summit Lift

Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1955-56
-
1977-78
Summit Triple in 2006Summit Local
Yan
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1978-79
-
2010-11
Sun Dance Double
Carlevaro & Savio
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1960-61
-
1983-84

Maps
1962-63 Mount Snow Trail Map1963-64 Mount Snow Trail Map1966-67 Mount Snow Trail Map1967-68 Mount Snow Trail Map1968-69 Mount Snow Trail Map1984-85 Mount Snow Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-172016-17 Ticket Price Graph$999.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph2016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$95.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$1329.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysNovember 26April 32015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$90.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$1329.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph14.8 daysNovember 21April 19500,0002014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$85.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$1279.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 daysNovember 15April 13468,9002013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$83.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$1249.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 daysNovember 22April 212012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$83.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$1249.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 daysDecember 10March 252011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$79.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$1199.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph15.2 daysNovember 25April 162010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$75.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$1049.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysDecember 7April 11447,1002009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$75.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$1049.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysNovember 22April 19418,3132008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$72.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$949.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph13.2 daysNovember 10April 27408,2182007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$72.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$1458.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph20.3 daysApril 15347,4692006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$69.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$1300.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph18.8 daysNovember 24430,0002005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$67.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$1100.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph16.4 days524,0002004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$64.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$1349.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph21.1 daysApril 11490,0002003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$61.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph2002-03 Season Pass Price Graph546,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$56.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph472,0002001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$55.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph558,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph513,0001999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$52.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph$1229.001998-99 Season Pass Price Graph23.6 daysNovember 7513,0001998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$49.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$1149.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph23.4 daysNovember 14602,0001997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$47.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph517,3561996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-961995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 31May 1510,5331995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$45.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph425,7391994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1993-94$43.001993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price Graph432,1491993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$41.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph550,6591992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$40.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph483,9541991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$37.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph427,7951990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$36.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph470,8741989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$34.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph471,5951988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$32.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-871986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 51986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1984-851984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 91984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$25.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$23.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-821981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 121981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$17.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph$397.001979-80 Season Pass Price Graph23.4 days1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$15.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-781977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 201977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$12.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph1976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-761975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 271975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$12.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$11.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$10.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$10.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$8.501968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$8.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$8.501966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price Graph1966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$6.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$6.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$6.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 71962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 17April 251961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$5.001958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph
1957-581957-58 Ticket Price Graph1957-58 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 4April 231957-58 Skier Visit Graph
1955-561955-56 Ticket Price Graph1955-56 Season Pass Price GraphMay 71955-56 Skier Visit Graph
1954-551954-55 Ticket Price Graph1954-55 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 121954-55 Skier Visit Graph

1997-2005 skier visit figures include Haystack

Visitor Memories
"I skied MT Snow the first season they opened and remember having our 1950 Studebaker pulled out of the mud more than once. Remember the outdoor pool fountain mt yellow as it was. The old clunker lifts ruined your clothes before mid mt. with oil dripping and other stuff Walt was a inavator like no other and a pleasure to talk with enjoyed over 50 years skiing there"
Edward Galvin, May. 13, 2016
"I have worked at Mount Snow for the past 3 years. I love it. I also learned to ski here when I was 3 years old. I have been ripping up Mount Snow ever since. "
Madison Scott, Mar. 15, 2015
"My family visited Mt. Snow yearly for Christmas break in the 70s. One year we piled up with other kids and got about 14 of us into the Air Car from Snow Lake Lodge."
John Kohl, Mar. 1, 2014
"My father John (Pat) Patenaude worked as a chef at Snow MT. Inn, Snow Lake Lodge for many years and in 1968 managed the Snow Barn Cafeteria with my mother. We lived in the apartment downstairs. I have wonderful memories of those days. Jame's did you by chance know my dad? Many of the ski bums stayed in the staff quarters at the Snow Barn. I can recall championship ping pong matches in the loft!"
Dave Patenaude, Jan. 21, 2014
"My first few years as a ski bum (1961) I worked at the Snow Mt Inn (waiter), was a life guard at the pool (outside) and worked ski repairs at the base.Mt Snow was by far the best place to ski bum. We had great times during the weekly standard races.Great music in Wilmington. My last year was working as a waiter at Snow Lake, then with family headed out only to come back in 1990 as a patroler. Great times great mountain, greater people."
james (Pepe) gariepy, Dec. 17, 2013
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