Winter Weekends

What to expect during a winter weekend at Meany Lodge

TomCat Schedule  |  SNO-PARK PERMIT  |  Directions

WINTER WEEKENDS

 We offer whatever winter sport warms the cockles of your heart, be it downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or making snowmen & sledding. Don’t care for snow? Kick back and enjoy a book in the lodge.

Fees cover room, board and facilities (including the rope tows for skiing).  You need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bag), snow toys, and maybe a beverage to share.  Prepared meals are included.  Come and see why we Meanyites say:

“Once you have skied Meany, You will never want to ski anywhere else!!”

For suggestions on what to bring and how to pack, please see Packing for winter weekends at Meany Lodge

If this will be your first time visiting Meany, please see our overview of events at Meany.

2019 WEEKENDS: JANUARY – MARCH

When registering, please register for both Friday and Saturday if you'll be staying both nights.  Registration closes at noon the Thursday prior to the weekend, to give the cooks time to purchase food.  A state-issued sno-park permit is required if parking in the Crystal Spring SnoPark.

DAY USE: DECEMBER – MARCH

To visit Meany for a day, please register for a corresponding activity on our calendar.  Remember, once snow arrives, you must also have a state issued sno-park permit.

2019 SEASON PASS

Looking for unlimited access to Meany, including holiday week and winter weekends? For the skiing aficionado that can never get enough, this deal is for you.  You get full season room/board access to the lodge and usage of the surrounding ski venues.

Once you purchase a season’s pass, you’ll still need to register for each visit to Meany so we know to expect you, but at checkout you will enter a discount code to reduce the price to $0.

2018 HOLIDAY WEEK: 12/27/18 – 1/1/19

Come for the day, or the week.  Festivities include your standard snow play, and conditions permitting, a New Years Eve celebration bonfire, fireworks, prime-rib dinner, and a little night skiing.  New Year’s Eve fills up quickly.  Cost is per night of stay.

Registration is required, and you should plan on having a state-issued sno-park permit.  Please register for each day you will be staying.

GETTING TO MEANY - Safely

First time visitors- this page could save your life, or at least, your weekend. Please keep in mind the following:

  1. You will lose cell coverage as soon as you leave I90.
  2. Mountain passes are dangerous. Travel with emergency supplies (blankets, food, etc) in your car.
  3. Bring tire chains (practice putting them on in your garage, it’s hard to do this for the first time in the cold).
  4. You’ll need to purchase a sno-park permit and will need to time your arrival to TomCat, our very own snow transport.
  5. Google Maps will get you to Meany, but see #’s 1, 2, 3 & 4 above.  Written directions are also available

SNO-PARK PERMITS (AKA YOUR PARKING PASS)

During winter months, the State closes the forest service road to Meany Lodge.  Parking is at the Crystal Springs sno-park and requires a state-issued sno-park permit, which should be purchased BEFORE you arrive. The TomCat driver can sell you an annual permit, although we recommend you purchase permits online or from a vendor such as REI.  Ask for the "Seasonal Non Motorized Permit/Special Groomed Sticker Combo" for which the price should be $80 - $85.

Which permit you should purchase depends on your expected usage, with many finding the annual pass most economical:

  • 2 nights (3 days) or more, purchase both:
    • $40 – Seasonal Non Motorized Permit
    • $40 – Special Groomed Sticker
    • Annual permit is license plate specific
  • Single day:
    • $20 Day Use Sno-Park Pass
    • You must also have a  Discover Pass for your car!  The TomCat driver is not able to sell a Discover pass - you must already have it.
    • Day passes are DATE specific and nontransferable.
    • A day pass covers from midnight to midnight, so if you are staying overnight you will need to buy two passes.  One for your day of arrival and one for your day of departure.

Yes, this is confusing.  Please take out your frustrations by writing letters to the state administrators who made it this complicated and not the poor TomCat driver who is trying to explain it.

TOMCAT SCHEDULE

When snow is present, the road to Meany is closed by the state and the only approach is on foot or via TomCat's strict schedule.  Please arrive at Crystal Springs 20-30 minutes ahead of your departure time so that you can extract gear out of your car and load onto TomCat.  Consider longer if you have children or plan on installing chains on your vehicle.

The 3 mile cat ride to the lodge in bad conditions may last an hour, but usually runs 30 minutes. The cat is unheated and you may be asked to walk a segment of the route, so please dress accordingly and consider a blanket or warm drink for the ride. In the event TomCat breaks down, we’ll try to accommodate transportation but it may be necessary to ski/hike the 3 miles from the  parking lot to the lodge.

When packing your gear, assume you’re packing for a 3 mile hike with the possibility of getting a free ride.  See our beginners guide for packing for meany, and remember to always pack your stuff in a backpack or duffle bag – loose gear, paper / plastic bags, suitcases and crates / boxes are a recipe for disappointment.

Please be prompt. There is no cell phone coverage, so please don’t try calling to say you’ll be 5 minutes late…

Holiday Week Schedule

Crystal Springs
Departure
Meany Lodge
Departure
12/27 -
Jan 1 Schedule
8:30 AM
5:30 PM
7:45 AM
4:45 PM*
*3:30 on Jan 1

Winter Weekends Schedule (starts Jan 4)

Crystal Springs
Departure
Meany Lodge
Departure
Friday Schedule 7 PM -
Saturday Schedule 8:30 AM
10:00 AM
5:30 PM
7:45 AM
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Sunday Schedule 8:30 AM 7:45 AM
3:30 PM

Driving DIRECTIONS

Winter and Spring driving directions (mid-November till May)

Summer and Fall driving directions (May till mid-November)

 

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