Mountain Sports School
Can 4 & Under Students be in group lessons?
Due to the development and ability of the child, along with additional demands placed upon instructors. Snowy Range asks that children 4 and under, take private lessons.
Can a Youth (5-12 yrs) Student join an older Teen (13-17 yrs) Sibling in a group lesson?
While staff does their best to accommodate families, in general, the age difference between most Teen groups and Youth groups is too great. A private family lesson may be the best option.
Can a Youth or Child join a Parent in an Adult Lesson?
The extreme age difference between a youth and adult makes for a poor group lesson environment, for both the youth and the rest of the adult group. A private family lesson may be the best option.
What is the youngest age accepted into a lesson?
2-years-old, in a children’s private lesson.
How early do we need to arrive before a lesson?
The MSS ask that all students are checked in for their lesson at least 30 minutes prior to their lesson. If you are also getting rentals please allow 1 hour to be fitted and ready for the lesson. We ask that all students meet at the meeting place 5 minutes prior to the lesson starting time.
What ability level should I sign up for?
Lesson ability levels are based on what skills had been achieved in a prior lesson. Please see Ability Levels for more in-depth descriptions.
Can a student with disabilities be included in a group lesson?
Absolutely! But please call in advance so that MSS can make sure to have a trained instructor to assist the student in the group lesson.
What is the average size of a group lesson?
The size of group lessons can vary based on the weekend and the age group of the students. Sizes average between 6 and 20 students.
Are Private or Group lessons better?
In general, children 5 and under will learn more in private lessons because the instructor can teach at the pace of one student instead of many. For ages 5 and up, how an individual learns is different for everyone. For many, learning in a group environment is best. For others, one-on-one instruction is best.
Does the MSS offer Telemark Lessons?
MSS offers telemark lessons upon special request, please call the MSS for details.
I see that lessons are not available online 48 hours in advance, does this mean lesson are sold?
No, MSS will normally have openings in all of our lessons. The 48 hour blackout online is to allow for proper staffing at the MSS. Please call the MSS Office for information regarding short-notice lessons. We do not guarantee availability for lessons within 48 hours, but the staff will do their best to accommodate your lesson needs.
What is the MSS lesson cancelation policy?
What are the lift & lodge hours?
Lifts open every day at 9 AM and close at 4 PM, the Sundance lift closes at 3:30 PM. The lodge opens at 8 AM.
Is Snowy Range open for the winter holidays?
We are open for all major holidays from November 30, 2018, to April 7, 2019.
Are Coolers allowed in the lodge?
We welcome guest to bring coolers into the lodge, but we require all coolers to be stored at the north side of the lodge during the day. Unattended coolers will be moved by staff. Shelving is provided. Outside alcohol is NOT permitted per our liquor license. Stoves, hotplates, microwaves, crockpots, and other food warming devices are NOT permitted.
Is uphill traffic allowed?
Uphill traffic is permitted with limited restrictions. Guidelines for all uphill traffic is to promote safety and minimize conflicts between snowmaking, grooming operations, snowmobile traffic and all other activities that take place daily on the mountain. Hikers must stay on the side of runs.
How much are locker rentals?
The ticket office sells locker rentals for $5 a day. There are $1 per open lockers available in the lodge as well.
Do you host weddings in the lodge?
We do not host weddings at Snowy Range Ski Area.
Do children 4 & under have to wear a lift ticket for the Magic Carpet (The Colt)?
Everyone riding on a lift must wear a lift ticket and have the proper gear to safely get down the hill. Children 4 & Under receive a free lift ticket.
Do parents need a lift ticket to help their children on the Magic Carpet (The Colt)?
We require everyone riding a lift to wear a lift ticket and have the proper gear. We do allow parents to walk next to the lift without a ticket or gear.
Can anyone ride the lift?
To ride a lift we require a lift ticket and proper gear to safely return to the base of the mountain.
How does the wind effect closing the lifts?
We do not have a specific speed or policy on closing the lifts due to the wind. It is based on how the wind is affecting the lifts and the safety of the riders.
The First Time
Should I Ski or Snowboard?
This is the first and most basic question we are commonly asked. Both options are great and you will have a good time no matter which one you choose. If you only have a short amount of time to learn a new sport, skiing is typically the sport most people choose and tends to have the shortest learning curve. But don’t let that discourage you from trying out Snowboarding. If you enjoy wakeboarding, skateboarding or surfing in the summer, you are the perfect candidate to try out snowboarding.
What equipment do I need?
Now that you have chosen if you are going to try skiing or snowboarding, the next big questions, where do you get gear? At Snowy Range we offer ski and snowboard rental packages. A rental package includes all of the hard goods that you will need to get out on the slope. Ski rentals include your skis, boots, and poles. Snowboard rentals include your snowboard and boots. For an additional fee, you may rent a helmet as well.
What do I need to wear?
Not sure what to wear when skiing or snowboarding? We suggest proper layering for mountain activities. That means waterproof top and bottom, insulating base layer(s), hat (or helmet!) and winter gloves.
Not sure what layers mean? It means you don’t want to be too hot, nor do you want to be too cold. You want to be just right, and most importantly, dry. The key to warmth is making smart apparel choices and layering. We suggest dressing in three layers: inside, middle, and outer. You may not need as many layers of clothing as you think. On a sunny day, you may only need two layers – the waterproof outer layer and the turtleneck/long underwear first layer. But bring a middle layer (fleece or wool sweater) just in case. You can always take off some layers as you warm up.
Sunglasses or goggles are highly recommended. Dangerous UV rays from the sun, which become stronger with the reflection of surfaces such as snow, can damage eyes. At higher elevations wear extra sunscreen as the ultraviolet rays are stronger. Even on cloudy days, sunscreen is a must.
How to get to Snowy Range Safely
Wyoming law requires you to buckle up and that all windows be completely snow/ice free so that full vision is possible. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when driving on snowy/icy roads. If your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock brakes, you do not want to lock up your brakes – pump them. Avoid breaking on curves and remember 4 wheel drive vehicles should follow all of these same basic rules. Snow tires are highly recommended as summer tires or worn tires will not give enough traction. Tire chains are a good idea for vehicles without good snow tires. Once you reach Centennial Wyoming, the last 5 miles to Snowy Range Ski Area are all uphill. The road is regularly plowed and sanded by WYDOT. Be prepared for winter driving conditions.
For current road conditions, travel information, and traffic cameras, visit WYDOT
What is altitude sickness and what can I do to avoid it?
Altitude sickness is usually a minor problem. Symptoms include a headache, nausea, and fatigue due to a lack of available oxygen. Typically ibuprofen, Tylenol or aspirin can help with headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms while visiting Snowy Range Ski Area, please visit the Ski Patrol building for assistance. Follow these guidelines to minimize the effects:
- Exercise in moderation.
- Drink more water than usual. When you combine altitude with physical exertion, you need to drink before you get thirsty.
- Eat food high in carbohydrates, such as grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables and avoid salty foods.
- Limit alcohol consumption. It’s tempting to party the evening you roll into a ski town. However, drinking alcohol and cheating yourself on sleep the night before you ski is a big mistake. Use common sense.
- Be sun savvy. Our sunshine is so intense that skiing without sunscreen or protective eyewear is not recommended. Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher elevations. Since resorts are over two miles above sea level, you will need goggles and/or sunglasses that have UV protection. Also, regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone needs to wear sunscreen, even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover. Go for at least 15 SPF and apply several times a day. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Should I take a ski or snowboard lesson?
While there are many decent instructional videos on the internet that may help you once you get to the mountain, there is still no better way to learn than a lesson with a professional ski instructor. For beginners, lessons are designed to make the sport more fun and to help promote a lifetime of fun on the mountain.
At Snowy Range lessons are broken down by age as well as by type. Snowy Range offers 2-Hour group lessons and full day group lessons. Group lessons are typically made up of 6-10 people, of similar ability. Depending on demand these lessons can be larger or smaller. Snowy Range also offers private lessons. Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction.
Where do I go when I get to Snowy Range?
When you make the turn off Wyoming Highway 130 onto the Snowy Range driveway, you will want to follow the parking signs. Snowy Range has three major parking lots all within walking distance of the day lodge. On busy days a shuttle will be running. Ask the parking attendants where to catch the shuttle.
When you get to the day lodge come on into the building and look for the Ticket Office or Information Desk, located on the main floor across from the Coffee Bar. If you have pre-purchased your lift tickets, rentals and/or lessons, Ticket Office staff will have your information on file and will print up everything you need. They will then direct you to the next step in the process. Once you have all of your rentals and lift tickets you will be on your way.
Google provides a street view of our entire lodge and the top of a few of our major lifts.
Online reservations, including Lift Tickets, Rentals, Lessons and Lesson Packages will be assessed a $25 flat fee if canceled 24 hours prior to intended date of use. Inside of 24 hours or after the date of use no refund will be offered. If you do not use the reservation you may redeem on a different date, but you must contact the Snowy Range ticket office within 24 hours of the intended date of use. Online tickets expire at the end of the selected date. Online tickets may not be purchased on the day of use or at the Snowy Range ticket office.
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual
privacy, Snowy Range Ski Area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or
drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written
authorization from the area. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well
as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Snowy Range Ski Area permit
boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched from
private property outside of the ski area boundaries that enters the permit boundary. Please contact
Aaron Maddox by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you seek prior
authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be
governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations and local law enforcement,
as well as those policies separately established by Snowy Range Ski Area, which may include
certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of
liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding
privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment,
and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of
privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal
“A Helmet – It’ s a good idea”
NSAA promotes the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner – not helmets only – as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.
NSAA views using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner as one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment from helmet to chair lift.
START SMALL – Work your way up. Build your skills.
MAKE A PLAN – Every feature. Every time.
ALWAYS LOOK – Before you drop.
RESPECT – The features and other users.
TAKE IT EASY – Know your limits. Land on your feet.
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
NSAA and Huntsman Cancer Institute have come together to promote Sun Safe on the Slopes. High elevation exposes your skin to more radiation. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think! A ski vacation with a sunburn is no fun! Protect your skin while enjoying the slopes in summer or winter.