This page was last updated Dec 18, 2017 @ 7:44 am.

17 Trails  and 3 Lifts Open Today!
Comet Open.

Shooting Star Terrain Park Open with 10 Features.

Please click on the Trail Section of the conditions report for a total list of open trails and lifts.

Snowmaking on selected Alpine trails and Nordic terrain as conditions permit. Gemini XC Trail Open. Aries is partially open.

Family & Friends Fun Night Special
Saturday and Sunday from 4pm-close.
A group of three can ski or snowboard for $75.
Each additional person is $28.  Discounted rentals and a
free 5pm one hour beginner class lesson.
No IM bottle cap required this weekend.
One form of payment for each group to expedite the lines.

Holiday Sale at Bristol Ski & Sport-
Up to 50% off on Selected Items.

Updates will be made daily.  Check back frequently.


Surface Conditions

Hours of OperationNight Season Hours of Operation
(Through March 10th)
Mon-Thurs: 9am-9pm
Fri: 9am-10pm
Sat: 8:30am-10pm
Sun: 8:30am-9pm

12/24-Christmas Eve: 8:30am-4pm
12/25-Christmas Day: 12pm-6pm
12/31-New Year's Eve: 8:30am-10pm
(Extended to 10pm. Followed by the torchlight parade & fireworks)
1/1- New Year's Day: 9am-9pm

Alpine Surface Conditions: MG/PP
Based: 10"-24"

Nordic Surface ConditionsAries (partially) and Gemini Open

Mid-Station Temp
Degrees Fahrenheit
Mid-Station Wet-Bulb Temp
Degrees Fahrenheit


Comet Express QuadOPEN
Galaxy Express QuadCLOSED
Lunar Launch Magic CarpetOPEN
Morning Star QuadOPEN
Rocket TripleCLOSED
Sunset DoubleCLOSED

Trail Distinction

Green CircleEasier
Blue SquareMore Difficult
Black DiamondMost Difficult
Double Black DiamondExtremely Difficult

Alpine Trails

TrailDifficultyStatusGeneral Surface ConditionsNotes
EclipseGreen CircleOPENMG/PP
Hale BoppGreen CircleOPEN MG/PP
Halley's RunGreen CircleOPENMG/PP
Green CircleOPENMG/PP
Launching PadGreen Circle OPEN MG/PP
Milky WayGreen CircleCLOSED
NovaGreen CircleOPENMG/PP
Shooting Star
SkywayGreen CircleCLOSED
Space WalkGreen CircleOPENMG/PP
SunbeltGreen CircleOPENMG/PP
AsteroidBlue SquareCLOSED
BetaBlue SquareCLOSED
Big DipperBlue SquareCLOSED
Galaxy WayBlue SquareCLOSED
Lower MeteorBlue SquareOPEN
Lower North StarBlue SquareCLOSED
Lower RocketBlue SquareOPENMG/PP
Lower UniverseBlue SquareCLOSED NO LIGHTS
Morning StarBlue SquareCLOSED
Orions BeltBlue SquareCLOSED
Outer OrbitBlue SquareCLOSED
ShuttleBlue SquareCLOSED
Southern CrossBlue SquareOPENMG/PP
SunsetBlue SquareOPENMG/PP
Sunset WayBlue SquareOPENMG/PP
Upper GalaxyBlue SquareCLOSED
Upper North StarBlue SquareCLOSED
Upper UniverseBlue SquareCLOSED
Ursa MinorBlue SquareCLOSED
ChallengerBlack DiamondCLOSED NO LIGHTS
Lower GalaxyBlack DiamondCLOSED
Upper MeteorBlack DiamondOPEN
Upper RocketBlack DiamondOPENMG/PP
CometDouble Black DiamondOPENMG/PP(Dedicated race trail. Limited availability to the public. Open status can mean open with a race or race training event.)

Parks & Pipes

TrailFeature DifficultyStatusGeneral Surface ConditionsNotes
(Features subject to change or be removed without notice)
Shooting Star Terrain ParkSmallOPENMG/PP10 Features:
Flat box, Butter Box-Rail Combo, Battleship Box, Down Rail, Flat Box, Kink Rail, Cannon, Jump, Hip, and Dog House.
Top of Galaxy Rail GardenSmall/MediumCLOSED
Sunset ParkMedium/LargeCLOSED
Galaxy Terrain ParkMedium/LargeCLOSED
Lower Meteor Park
(below cut over)
Morning Star Race ParkMediumCLOSED


AriesGreen CircleOPEN- (from entrance to Gemini)

Lighted Trail

GeminiBlue SquareOPEN-
Natural Snow/Natural Light

Snow Conditions Codes and Definitions

The following surface condition codes and definitions explain the type of snow surface reported at Bristol Mountain. Bristol Mountain endeavors to inspect trails and report conditions consistent with terminology descriptive of surface condition(s) developed by the New York Ski Industry Association, Ski Areas of New York, Inc. These are approved by Article 18, the New York Safety In Skiing law.


BS = BARE SPOTS - Areas of exposed underlying trail surface NOT covered with sufficient amounts of any form of snow, ice or other skiable material. No skier should attempt to ski over or through any Bare Spot or Spots.

CO = CORN SNOW - Large ice-like granules, which are loose during above-freezing temperatures and which freeze together during below-freezing temperatures. Corn snow is usually a product of the above/below freezing cycle of temperatures typical of spring days. Large ice-like granules which remain frozen together in extended cold periods, or chunks of ice created by incomplete grooming or icy surfaces are not characteristic of corn snow.

FG = FROZEN GRANULAR - Granular snow which was once wet and which has frozen together forming a rather solid or crusty-textured surface. It can return to loose granular after thawing or being worked by a grooming machine or from the effects of skier traffic breaking up the crust. Frozen granular snow will support a ski pole stuck into it. However, if the pole makes ice chips and the surface will not support the pole, the surface is ICY.

HP = HARD PACK - Hard pack snow is a dense, compressed snow condition harder than packed powder and softer than ice.

IP, IS = ICE PATCHES, ICY SURFACE - Ice represents a hard, glazed surface usually created by freezing rain, or old surface snow melting and quickly refreezing again, or by ground water seeping up into the snow and freezing. Also may describe a very wet surface that has been skied into a smooth surface while above-freezing temperatures are existent and then rapidly dropping temperatures occur. When broken, ice breaks into chunks rather than granules. Patches describe localized occurrences of ice; surface describes a more prevailing icy condition on the slope.

LG = LOOSE GRANULAR - Loose granules similar to rock salt, usually formed after powder snow thaws, refreezes and crystallizes or an accumulation of sleet. Loose granular may also characterize surface conditions produced by machine conditioning of frozen granular or icy surfaces.

P = POWDER - New snow generally of dry and fluffy consistency. Will not make a snowball easily.

PP = PACKED POWDER - Loose powder snow compacted by rollers, drags or other mechanical apparatus or by skier traffic to a state which leaves little air space between particles. It is no longer fluffy, but it is not so extremely compacted that it is hard and icy.

SC = SPRING CONDITIONS - This term is used to characterize the wide variety of surface conditions which results from the alternate freezing and thawing of snow cover in spring weather. This term is used in place of other terms when the usual surface descriptions cannot accurately or completely describe the situation, that is, when no single surface type covers at least 50% of the skiable surface of a trail.

TC = THIN COVER - Indicates that the cover that currently exists will decline in quality due to skier traffic and may break through to the underlying trail surface. Thin Cover indicates that Bare Spots are anticipated to develop in the area during the day.

V = VARIABLE - A wide variety of conditions which cannot accurately or completely be described using usual terminology, such as when no single surface type predominates.

WG = WET GRANULAR - loose or frozen granular snow which has become wet and soft after a thaw or from a rainfall.

WP = WET POWDER - Powder snow that is wet when it falls (you can easily make a snowball) or dry powder that becomes wet as the temperature rises above freezing or is dampened by rain.