At Snowy Range Ski Area we are here to help you. We want you to have the best possible time when you come to visit. We don’t want you wondering or not knowing things before you come. Here are some of our frequently asked questions and some popular safety tips for you! For COVID-19 Policies and Changes Click Here
Snowy Range Ski Area will open December 4, 2020 for the 2020/2021 season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To ride a lift we require a lift ticket and proper gear to safely return to the base of the mountain.
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.
We do not host weddings or receptions at Snowy Range Ski Area.
The ticket office sells one-day locker rentals for $5 a day with the trade of collateral (ie drivers license). There are $1 per open lockers available in the lodge as well.
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.
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.
We are open for all major holidays from December 6, 2019, to April 5, 2020.
- Skiing and Snowboarding are outdoor sports. Beware of changing mountain conditions.
- All non-used lesson vouchers may be raincheck for another day.
- If weather conditions cause road closures all reservations may be moved to another day with no additional fees.
- Snowy Range requires all rainchecks to be requested before the start of the lesson or the day of the date the reservation is supposed to start.
- All reservation purchases are non-refundable.
- For more details please visit our cancellation policy
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.
MSS offers telemark lessons upon special request, please call the MSS for details. (307) 745-5750
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All online reservations refunds must be requested 2 days prior to arrival and will be refunded with a 5% fee. In the event of a COVID-19 interruption in operations, we will offer rainchecks for the 2020/2021 season but no refunds will be issued. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the development and ability of the child, along with additional demands placed upon instructors. Snowy Range asks that 3 and 4-year-old children take private lessons only one hour at a time.
“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.