After a soft opening in early June, Snow King Mountain announced last week that the Snow King Mountain Sports rental and retail shop is open to the public.
The store, located under the balcony of Hayden’s Post, will be open 12 months a year and offer high quality gear for both winter and summer recreation.
“It’s really about providing a full service for the users,” Snow King spokesperson Keely Herron said. “When that space became available and we knew that it was gonna be something that was a possibility for us, we just went for it.”
Herron said the soft opening has already attracted many customers, especially from the adjoining hotel.
The business will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but hours could expand depending on traffic.
Currently the shop is renting out a full fleet of Cannondale bikes, including pathway, trail and kids bikes. All of the bikes are being provided by the Hub Bicycle Shop. But bikes aren’t the only summer toys available for rent.
“In the summer we’re renting stand-up paddleboards and Cannondale pathway bikes and mountain bikes,” Herron said. “In the winter we’ll have a full fleet of snow sports equipment.”
The winter rentals aren’t limited to skis, boots and snowboards. The shop will also rent out snow bikes for those who may glance up at the steep slopes of Snow King and decide it’s not for them.
The shop will sell many items including T-shirts and sweatshirts and other items such as bear and bug spray and sunscreen.
The store will also be the spot to purchase tickets for the alpine slide as well as the Treetop Adventure Park, opening in August. The alpine slide was set to open July 3, but the opening has been pushed back to “sometime next week,” Herron said.
Those who seek the thrills of the alpine slide or the adventure park will take the new Rafferty lift to get there now that the old lift has been replaced after 35 years of use.
The new chair is a fixed grip quad chair which will double the capacity of the uphill traffic going to the alpine slide and adventure park. The lift will extend an additional 1,000 linear feet and 300 vertical feet past the old terminal.
The lift will also access two new intermediate runs that have yet to be named beginning this winter.