Affiliate links are used. Thank you so much for taking the time to click and shop, at no extra cost to you!
Our Georgia winter has arrived! Though the highs may reach 40 degrees, we’re still easily capable of a few days that don’t rise above freezing. The days that do waiver between temperatures above and below 32 are some of the most deadly… they turn our few snow days a year into icy death traps. Fortunately, even though most of our snow sadly melts into ice, our family still managed to play in the snow this year thanks to a complimentary invitation from Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain, GA. In it’s 7th year, Snow Mountain is providing Metro Atlanta families a place to chill out, build a full-blown snowman and tube for a few hours before relaxing with hot chocolate and S’mores.
Chase and I took Red for a spin down the tubes, and before you think he’s too small to ride, know they have several family rides for kids over 36″ (Red is 41″ tall. They measure each child when they get a ticket, writing the numbers on the lift ticket) and even a few mini tubes and sleds for the littlest snow bunnies. For even the smallest family members, Fort Snow has tunnels, snowball throwing areas, snowman building and a free play area to get chilly making snow angels (though it was a bit icy and packed firm by 2pm!).
So what do you wear to play in the snow in Atlanta? The day we visited, it was a cool, windless, sunny day with a high of 40 degrees. That meant hats, coats and snow gloves that we only needed to play in the snow. I would recommend waterproof footwear for the whole family: snow boots, rain boots, or duck boots are a must. Waterproof gloves are especially helpful for little kids that want to play but won’t be able to stand the icy temperatures. They are especially helpful as padding for kids that don’t have their “snow legs” yet, either. (Chase and I really liked having the gloves in this section of the park – it let us have fun with Red while maintaining warmth!)
Fort Snow is shaded from the sun, so it can get mighty chilly digging in the snow. I bought Red some snow pants off eBay for a cool $10, and it was SO worth it. I wore my old track pants with fleece tights underneath, while Chase opted for jeans tucked into tall rain boots. We all stayed dry and warm with the addition of full winter coats and snug fittings knit hats. Sunglasses were helpful to combat the reflecting light off the snow, but extra additions like scarves and mufflers were overkill.
While 3.5 year old Red loved the giant family Avalanche tubing as well as the child’s Penguin Run single tube , the Bunny Slope Sleds we found a bit deadly. The plastic sleds don’t have steering, and with a hill without lanes, sleds easily crisscrossed and crashed. Red and another little boy collided halfway down the slope, and while the other child hopped up and ran away, Red got some bloody scrapes on his cheek and chin. It wasn’t enough to visit first aid about, but we certainly took a break, assessed the cuts and went right back to the Penguin Run with soft bumpers and divided lanes. To stay safe at any park attraction, be sure to listen to all directions and park officials as well as using common sense and caution. Have fun and stay safe!
To see more of what Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park has to offer, watch this short video I made featuring Snow Mountain’s best offerings: