This year's ski season is upon us, and before long, the mountain will be covered in snow and you'll be planning your first visit to Hogadon Basin Ski Area. As one of Casper’s many jewels, we are just as excited as you are for opening day which is currently projected for December 19th (depending on weather conditions). But before you get too excited and race up the mountain unprepared, here’s everything you need to know about Hogadon.
1. How Much Will All The Fun Cost Me?
If you’re interested in enjoying everything Hogadon Basin Ski Area has to offer all winter, we suggest looking into their season passes. Here’s a quick price breakdown for you:
- Adults (19 years or older): $450
- Youth (13-18 years old): $400
- Children (6-12 years old): $300
- Young children (5 years or younger): It’s free!
As an extra incentive to purchase a season pass, you’ll also receive discounted rates at other ski resorts around Wyoming and neighboring states like South Dakota through Hogadon’s partnership program. For anyone interested in daily rates, you can find them here. Keep in mind, you can purchase a full day pass (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and an afternoon half-day pass (12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.).
2. What's New to Hogadon?
Our local, beloved ski resort recently announced that they will be offering up night skiing for the first time ever this season. The slopes will be lit on Friday and Saturday evenings from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. To start Hogadon will only be opening up two runs - Boomerang and Park. Not only do we expect this to be a hit amongst local shredders and skiers, but this new experience is bound to put Hogadon on the map in the Rockies as the only other Wyoming ski resort to turn up at night is Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY. Stay tuned here for lift ticket prices and season pass holder add-ons.
3. Will The Slopes Match My Skill Level?
Whether you’ve never skied or boarded before or you’re seasoned on the mountain, we guarantee that Hogadon will have trails to accommodate you. With two beginner trails to learn and practice on, “I’ve never skied before” is no excuse to not at least give it a try. If you’re looking for more moderate runs to test your skills on, there are eight intermediate paths to go for. For anyone looking for a challenge, Hogadon Basin Ski Area offers 18 expert trails that’ll keep you entertained all season long. For a full list of trails and to stay up-to-date on their statuses, click here.
4. What If I Get Hangry or Need a Cold One?
After a few hours on the slopes, you’ll be in much need of a little apres. Thankfully, Hogadon has a food court with several options to choose from. For quick grab-and-go items, grab a bowl of soup or chili to warm you up, a salad or some yogurt. If you need a longer break from the cold, order a burger, chicken sandwich or even a freshly baked pizza. If you want a cold beer or spirit to reward yourself for making it down an expert hill without falling, there’s also a full bar. Click here to view the full menu.
5. What Should I Wear?
There’s no hiding it and there’s certainly no avoiding it – Casper can get a little windy. Therefore, dress to protect. The wind can sometimes contain blowing ice and snow, so face protection and lots of layers is always a good idea. Casper is also known for being blessed with the sun during the winter, and you can still get sunburned when it’s cold outside! Make sure you bring sunscreen and sunglasses or goggles. One last tip, stay away from wearing cotton clothing like jeans, sweatshirts and sweatpants against your skin as it absorbs sweat and snow and will only make you colder. For more details on what to wear, here are some of Hogadon’s recommendations.
Photo Taken by Louis Arevalo
6. Do I Need My Own Equipment?
If you don’t have your own equipment and are looking to rent it for the day, Mountain Sports is your go-to outdoor shop. Located in the basement of the Lodge, they have skis, snowboards, boots, helmets and anything else you’ll need for your snowy adventure on the mountain.
So what are you waiting for adventurers? Stay tuned with Hogadon and join us in counting down the days until opening day. We will meet you on the mountain with freshly waxed boards and skis, and a handful of happy-hearted locals.
For any questions or directions, don't hesitate to stop by our Visit Casper office when you get to town at 139 W 2nd St., Suite 1B, Casper, WY 82601 or give us a call at 307.234.5362.