Last updated on January 15th, 2023 at 09:08 am.
Snow Creek is Kansas City’s only ski resort and is scheduled to open on December 17th, 2022 for its 36th winter season.
Snow Creek is a lovely ski resort located just 40 minutes from Kansas City in the town of Weston. The ski area offers 33% beginner runs, 58% intermediate runs, and 8% advanced runs. There are a total of 12 runs at Snow Creek and the longest run is 0.3 miles.
As Kansas City’s only ski resort, this is the best place for nearby skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
Our Visit to Snow Creek
We visited in February of 2022, near the end of their ski season. It’s a small mountain, but we found it to be a lot of fun. Even though it was a holiday weekend during our visit and lift tickets were sold out, we didn’t wait for more than 10-15 minutes for the chair lift.
We lived in California for many years before moving to Kansas City and my sister lives in Colorado. So, we have had our fair share of great skiing in these two states as well as Idaho and Utah.
I say this because Snow Creek is a fun opportunity to ski or snowboard close by, but don’t expect the vastness or vertical drops of Vail or Park City. With that said, there are only two opportunities for skiing in Missouri, and Snow Creek is a fun way to spend a day in the snow.
About Snow Creek
Snow Creek in Weston is a ski area with 5 lifts. This includes 2 triple chairlifts, 1 double chairlift, 1 conveyor carpet, and 1 rope tow. Snow Creek ski resort has a 300 ft. vertical drop.
Group ski and snowboard lessons are available daily. Experienced staff will be happy to introduce you to the sport they love most and soon you´ll become a confident skier or snowboarder.
In addition, you can go snow tubing at Snow Creek! It´s like sledding but even more fun. Just sit on your tube and enjoy the thrill of speeding down the hill. It´s the perfect activity for the entire family: everyone can do it since there is no practicing needed.
Once you arrive at the Snow Creek ski area, if you haven’t already purchased a ticket online, you’ll need to head to the main building to purchase a lift ticket or tubing ticket.
Ski & Snowboard Rentals
If you don’t own your own gear you can rent skis, snowboards, and boots at Snow Creek. Poles are included in ski rentals. Helmets are also available for rent.
In the equipment rental location, there are cubbies for shoes as well as lockers. The fee is $6 for a small locker and $9 for a large one. You have access to the locker throughout the day. It’s smart to keep any valuables here instead of in your car.
Time to Hit the Slopes
Once you have your gear, it’s time to scope out the different runs and make your way to your first lift.
As I mentioned, the lift lines were not bad, even from the main lift in front of the lodge. As you make your way to the runs on the right or left side of the hill, the lines were even shorter.
We were surprised the ski slopes weren’t more crowded. Even on a sold-out day, there was plenty of room to enjoy the runs.
Views From the Top
There are two terrain parks available with great features to show your tricks. Rattlesnake Terrain Park is for experts and Gunslinger Progression Park is the best park for beginners to intermediate. In each, you can choose from a variety of rails, jumps, hits, and all the other fun features!
Beginner Ski Area
There is a magic carpet for beginner skiers. No need to worry about getting on and off a lift, just step on the conveyor belt and ride your way to the top of the beginner hill.
Food & Lunch Area at Snow Creek
There is a nice area to take a break, enjoy a snack or meal or watch skiers and snowboarders coming down the hill.
If you are taking a break, there are plenty of racks to store your skis or snowboard that are easily viewable.
Snow Creek offers a variety of snacks and meals for purchase that range from sandwiches to burgers as well as pizza and mac and cheese. You can also bring your own lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables or near one of the many firepits.
Tornado Alley Snow Tubing Park
Snow Tubing has its own area, but tickets are purchased at the main lodge. The snow tubing area has an outdoor patio area with a fire pit and port-a-potties.
Snow tubing is fun for everyone. Imagine sliding down a 700-foot long slope and then jumping on a conveyor carpet to take you back to the top.
Snow Creek provides the tubes – no experience or special equipment is needed – just hop on your tube and enjoy the ride!
Tubing tickets are $39 online. Your little ones must be 42″ tall to tube. All tubers must be in individual tubes and lap sitting is not permitted.
Fun Photo Ops at Snow Creek
There are several places for photo ops at Snow Creek. The big chair is a great place for family photos!
There is a small store at Snow Creek. If you forgot a piece of gear, it’s nice to know you don’t have to go far to pick up a hat, gloves or anything else you might need for a day on the slopes.
About the snow
Snow Creek has over 60 snowmaking machines with the ability to pump 3,000 gallons of water per minute, covering 100% of the terrain in as little as 72 hours. As long as temps stay below freezing they make snow which means skiing in Missouri is possible more of the season! This is an easy escape to the snow from Kansas City to ski, snowboard or tube!
Night skiing is Snow Creek’s ability to embrace the short snow season. It’s also great for people who can’t get away during the day, but want to spend time on the snow after work.
Experience the thrill of night skiing & snowboarding across the whole hill, take in a sunset, and carve the slopes in the moonlight!
Tip: If you plan to ski or board the ‘4 pm to close’ hours under the lights, purchase your lift tickets online in advance to save money!
When you arrive, if you have purchased online, you will need to visit the ticket windows to get your ticket printed. Tickets are also available for purchase onsite at the ticket window.
Tips to Know Before You Go
- If you want a ski or snowboard lesson, make sure to reserve these in advance. Lessons can fully book in advance!
- This goes for tubing and lift tickets as well. On the busiest days (opening day, holidays, and weekends) tickets can sell out.
Interesting Facts About Snow Creek
- Snow Creek opened in 1986 and was the second resort to be developed in the Peak Resorts chain.
- Snow Creek is one of only 2 ski resorts in Missouri.
- As long as temps stay below freezing Snow Creek can make their own snow, which means they have snow when we don’t in the city.
Snow Creek Address: 1 Snow Creek Dr, Weston, MO 64098
Directions to Snow Creek from Kansas City
- 435 to I-29 NORTH to Exit 20
- Take a left at the exit ramp
- Turn right onto 273 to Weston
- Stay on Hwy 273 to Hwy 45
- Turn right on HWY 45 at the traffic light
- Stay on 45 for approximately 8 miles
- Snow Creek will be on your right about 1/4 mile past the Evergy Power Plant.
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