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North Face at Mount Snow
North Face Details
North Face
Status:Open
First Season of Operation:1959-60
Lifts:2 chairlifts
Terrain:Intermediate and expert terrain
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As part of Walter Schoenknecht's dream of skiing on all four sides of Mt. Snow, the North Face area was first opened circa 1958, labeled as "North Tore." Without a top to bottom lift in place, uphill access from three advanced trails was provided via a rope tow leading to a connector trail back to the Main Mountain.

In 1963, a new Carlevaro & Savio double chairlift, 4,000 feet long and climbing 1,050 vertical feet, was installed on the North Face, eliminating the inconvenient rope tow ride and flat ski trek back to the Main Mountain. From a business perspective, the complex of six trails was developed to help reduce crowds and stress on the Main Mountain area.

In 1982, the uphill capacity of the North Face area was dramatically increased when a new Yan triple chairlift, the Challenger, was installed adjacent to the North Face double. The new chairlift climbed 1,024 feet over a run of 3,700 feet. That same year, the summit lodge was rebuilt, further adding to the North Face experience.

In 1987, the original North Face double was gradually upgraded, initially by Yan, then by CTEC, to a triple. It is now known as the Outpost Triple.


A 1960s postcard showing the North Face at Mt. Snow
A 1960s postcard showing the North Face at Mt. Snow

The North Tore area in a 1962 Mt. Snow trail map
The North Tore area in a 1962 Mt. Snow trail map

The 1965 Mt. Snow trail map showing the new North Face area
The 1965 Mt. Snow trail map showing the new North Face area

The Challenger Triple (2006)
The Challenger Triple (2006)

The Challenger Triple (2006)
The Challenger Triple (2006)

The Outpost Triple (2006)
The Outpost Triple (2006)

The Outpost Triple (2007)
The Outpost Triple (2007)

The Outpost Triple (2007)
The Outpost Triple (2007)

The double-diamond Ripcord (2007)
The double-diamond Ripcord (2007)

The North Face on the 2009 Mt. Snow trail map
The North Face on the 2009 Mt. Snow trail map

Mount Snow Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Carinthia1986-87Open
Deerfield Ridge1980sCancelled
North Face1959-60Open
Sunbrook1969-70Open
West Face1960sCancelled
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Last updated: June 3, 2014

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