Winter Weekends

What to expect during a winter weekend at Meany Lodge

TomCat Schedule  |  SNO-PARK PERMIT  |  Directions


 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, you need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bag), snow toys and maybe a beverage to share.  Food is provided – if you walk away from Meany hungry, well… it was your fault.  Come and see why we Meanyites say:

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


When registering, please choose the date of your arrival and indicate if you intent to stay the full weekend (2 nights), or if you’re coming for just the 1 night.  Registration closes at 1pm 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.


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.


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.

2017 HOLIDAY WEEK: 12/27/17 – 1/1/18

Come for the day, or the week.  Festivities include your standard snow play, and conditions permitting, a New Years Eve celebration bonfire along with 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.  When registering, indicate the number of nights you plan on staying and your arrival date.


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. If there is snow, 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


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 must be purchased BEFORE you arrive. The TomCat driver carries a limited supply of permits although we recommend you purchase permits online or from a vendor such as REI.

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 – Annual Snowmobile Sno-Park Permit
    • $40 – Special Groomed Sticker
    • Annual permit is license plate specific
  • Single day:
    • $30 Daily Sno-Park/One-Day Discover Pass Combo
    • Day passes are DATE specific and nontransferable.


  • The ride on TomCat is 30-45 minutes long on an unheated, open air vehicle. Dress warmly & consider a blanket or warm drink.
  • Arrive 20 minutes early, which is just enough time to pack your gear, more if you have children or are instilling chains.
  • 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
Meany Lodge
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

Crystal Springs
Meany Lodge
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


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

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