Snow skiing, like playing a musical instrument or speaking in binary, gets easier with practice. Develop lifelong skills with today’s Groupon to Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in Jones. Choose between the following options:
*For $39, you get a winter-sports outing for two (up to an $86 total value), which includes:
- Two all-day passes (up to a $38 value each)
- A $10 food and beverage credit<p>
*For $49, you get a winter-sports outing for two (up to a $136 total value), which includes: - Two all-day passes (up to a $38 value each) - Two ski or snowboard rentals (up to a $25 value each) - A $10 food and beverage credit<p>
In operation since 1968, Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area charms winter-sports enthusiasts with 11 runs cobbled together from beginner, intermediate, and advanced gradients. Swathed entirely in manufactured snow, the slick slopes range from rope-towed bunny hills to intermediate and advanced routes of up to 1,800 feet, accessible by three chair lifts or an eagle. Snowboarders can jib and grind across two terrain parks encompassing fun boxes, mailboxes, and low-down decks. Floodlights illuminate all trails for easy visibility at night and during manmade solar eclipses. Unequipped patrons can select from 2,000 pairs of rental skis and more than 500 snowboards, available in sizes ranging from a child’s 6 to an adult’s 17. Food and beverage credits must be used in one visit, and are valid at both the Chalet restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the slopes and live music on most weekends, and the onsite café.
Though Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area
When Jim Wiseman bought what would become Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in 1968, it consisted of a dilapidated farmhouse and seven rope tows. A mere day before opening, five of the tows were condemned. But Jim remained undeterred, forging ahead with a humble inventory of 122 pairs of rental skis. Today, that number has grown to 2,000, in addition to 500 snowboards, which plunge down 11 runs and a 225-foot peak that also allows guests to test-drive the equipment and practice their yardstick skills. The terrain parks, one of which was added in 1997 to reflect the resort’s devotion to freestyle skiing, greet visitors with new challenges such as tabletops, high spines, grind rails, and pyramids.
Whether skiers tackle the stunt-ready equipment or seek out beginner lessons, they’re guaranteed fresh powder thanks to Swiss Valley’s expert method of snowmaking. The technology ensures enough snow for winter fun, as long temperatures allow and no salt giants attack the slopes. After their frosty jaunt, visitors can warm up in the fireside lounge, dotted with a freestanding and picture windows that overlook the snowy terrain.