SNOW is the only free-to-play, open world, winter sports game. Explore a massive mountain, customize your character with clothing and equipment from the biggest brands, and compete in events to be the best.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,962 reviews) - 71% of the 2,962 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 10, 2013

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access allows SNOW to reach its audience sooner and improve the core game through community feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“SNOW will remain in Early Access until it launches fully after the Open Beta period. At that point SNOW will be nearly feature complete with all intended content and gameplay available to the users.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of SNOW will be a more complete experience having player progression, competitive game modes and a fully-featured multiplayer experience.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

SNOW is currently in Open Beta. This means that many features are still in development and the game's controls and core gameplay have not been completed.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“SNOW will transition into a fully free-to-play game during the Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“SNOW's community feedback is a key component to SNOW's development. Especially in this early state, understanding what features the community wants in SNOW will shape it's long-term development.”
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Recent updates View all (41)

February 5

SNOW Patch

New SNOW update is going live now:

  • Fixed player being able to access regular menu in events using replay
  • JSON write / parse: Switched from Jansson to RapidJSON
  • Moved JSON parsing to HTTP thread - Fixes possible Multiplayer menu freeze
  • Fixed inability to skip XP screen quickly
  • Added on ground orbit camera CVars to settings menu
  • Added on ground camera options
  • Fixed possible tutorial crash
  • Fixed it being possible to purchase events multiple times
  • Fixed animations getting stuck after replay use
  • Fixed featured table item not coloring entire row
  • Fixed possible HTTP thread race condition
  • Fixed possible purchasing crash
  • Fixed a few localization errors
  • Disabled physics proxy on tombstones (Server update containing this fix will roll out gradually)
  • Reworked on ground orbit camera
  • Sound: FMOD Ex now uses CRYENGINE IO / pak handling

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February 2

Linux Patch

New Linux build is live now:

  • Fixed audio playback

Important Notice:
We are aware of the client not launching via the "Play" button inside Steam. This is seemingly caused by a problem with the Steam overlay process injection, we have reached out to Valve in order to find a solution.

For now, follow the steps below:
  1. Open the SNOW installation directory in your Files application or navigate to it via the terminal
  2. Create a new text file called 'Steam_appid.txt' with the contents "244930".
  3. Launch the 'BinLinux64gcc/playSNOW' executable via the FIles application or terminal.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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About This Game

Experience the Mountain

SNOW is the only free-to-play, open world, winter sports game. Explore a massive mountain, customize your character with clothing and equipment from the biggest brands, and compete in events to be the best. Or head online and explore the mountain together with other players!

SNOW is currently in Open Beta. For more information and updates, visit the SNOW Blog.

Key Features

//Open-World
Explore Sialia, a massive alpine mountain handcrafted for the game. Descend Sialia’s four faces and discover hidden valleys, mountain towns, old ruins and much more.

//Authentic
Feel the snow beneath you as your ride down the mountain. SNOW has been built as a completely physics driven game to give you the most realistic skiing experience ever.

//Customization
Dress yourself in the latest clothing and equipment from the biggest brands. Customize your look from head to toe from a catalogue of over 700 items.

//Multiplayer
Ride with your friends in Free Roam Multiplayer and experience the mountain together.

Upcoming Features

//Snowboard
If you’re not a fan of skiing, strap on your snowboard and shred the mountain a different way. Customize your character with clothing and equipment from the biggest snowboard brands.

//Snowmobiles
Tired of always riding down the mountain? With the snowmobile you’ll be able to ride up the mountain instead! New events and features will ensure that snowmobiles are as important to the game as skiing and snowboarding.

//Create
Customize your mountain by placing props and other features anywhere you like. Use jumps to access new areas or place other props to approach an area in a new way.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2GHz or AMD Dual-Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The system requirements are provided as a baseline for development, but are not guaranteed due to the game currently being in development. Requirements may be changed as the game progresses. Note: Integrated graphics cards are not supported.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2GHz or AMD Dual-Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The system requirements are provided as a baseline for development, but are not guaranteed due to the game currently being in development. Requirements may be changed as the game progresses. Note: Integrated graphics cards are not supported.
Helpful customer reviews
130 of 147 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Early Access Review
I can't believe how many bad reviews this game got. It's ridiculous. Espescially seeing all the complaints about things like speed and physics when in reality this game has WAY more realistic speed and physics than any other snow games out there like SSX Shaun White Snowboarding etc. All those games have horrible physics and DO NOT replicate real life snow sports what so ever. The funny thing is I have snowboarded all my life and didn't even care much for skiing, so I was dissappointed that snowboarding isn't in the game yet, but I went ahead and purchased anyways because I couldn't wait any longer since there are no other games out there like this one. Long story short this game actually made me like skiing for the first time ever in the 18 years of my life of being a snowboarder. I've also been waiting for a game like this forever literally. NO COMPANY has ever made a snow sports game so realistic. I needed a game like this so badly and it's finally here. So here's my review:


Pros:

- Very realistic physics. (Speed going uphill is a little bit off when tucking since you barely slow down but is not a problem because it allows you to find more lines. Going downhill is perfect. Please do not change it devs, do not listen to idiots.)

- All tricks are realistic as well. (You can finally cork your spins. Never have I ever played a snow game that I could actually pull a double cork 10 that looks exactly like it's done in real life. In Shaun White Snowboarding the closest thing to a cork is a rodeo...no corking was implemented in that game... like wtf.)

- Real life brand clothing and gear replicas. (Armada, Head, etc.)

- Real life event replicas. (Nine Knights, Jon Olsson Invitational, etc.)

- Real Life sponsers. (Red Bull, Monster, etc.)

- Vast mountains to explore, and I mean it. The current mountain Sialia actually takes about 10 minutes real life time to get from top to the bottom at full speed making it very realistic. Also this mountain is ski - able in all directions, North, East, West, and South. Each direction has different types of terrain, including a terrain park, my favorite, that takes about 4 minutes to get down.

-Lots of cool different lines you can take. The whole mountain has lines hidden away for you to find. Above I mentioned the terrain park which has multiple different directions you can take that lead you into different parts of the terrain park and back into the same parts if you wish. The choice is yours as there are so many variations to this terrain park it's truly endless fun.

-Legit first person view (It literally looks like real life in first person view when you're corking a spin.)

-Free 2 play coming soon. (People complaining about microtransactions yet the whole base game is free. The only thing you get if you buy into the microtransations is cosmetics and vanity. You don't gain any advantages to your character in terms of speed, power, or skills. NO PAY2WIN here. The skill is in the players hands.

-Devs are super friendly and helpful and respond very fast to any problems or bug reports. (I submitted a bug report and got a response within the first day and then I responded again because I didn't give accurate information and they responded within minutes.) Most importantly they actually listen to their community.


Cons:

-Few bugs. (Sometimes your character bails even though he landed perfectly, which happens very rarely like 2 times in a 4 hour session. Not a big deal) (Skiing switch in first person is a little buggy since the shoulder gets in the way when tucking. Not a big deal.) Sometimes when you spawn on a drop point you get stuck until you respawn again. (Not a big deal.) (Games crashes in multiplayer sometimes as well as desyncs, which kind of pisses me off but I sent in a ticket and devs noted these crashes and are working on fixing them, also new servers are coming very soon.)

-Price of gear is just a little bit expensive but I have no problems with this at all since there is no advantage to owning this stuff. The game is free on January 27th and I will buy some just to support the devs. Obviously they can't just work for free.

-Not enough advertising. I really want to see this game succeed but I only heard about this in December, yet it's appearently been out for 3 years now. I had to search deep to find this it was literally like digging for gold and hitting the jackpot. I was stuck with all these other ♥♥♥♥♥♥ games for 3 years when I could have been playing this.


Summary:

If you are like me and are looking for a snow sports game that actually replicates real life skiing and snowboarding, then this is the game you're looking for. This is the game you have been waiting your whole life to play, but couldn't because it was buried in a search engine full of bullsh*t. Do yourself the favour and don't waste cash on all these mainstream AAA garbage games made in China. You'll just come right back here realizing how much of an idiot you were to even bother looking at them.

Hope you guys find my review useful. Thanks.
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69 of 90 people (77%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
The lack of zombies in this early access game is very disapointing
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111 of 166 people (67%) found this review helpful
94 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Early Access Review
Can't get passed advanced jumping tutorial
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
I strongly recommend this game as it features an HUGE map of doing what you want!

Pros:
- Get to ski in mountains
- Character customization
- Multiplayer
- Challenges
- Events
- Free roam
- Lots of tricks to perfrom
- Game looks pretty on maxed out
- Great soundtrack!
- many more!

Cons:
- VERY buggy
- High chance of dying when gently hitting rock/fence/etc
- Laggy in some parts of the menu (e.g server refresh, drop zones)
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Early Access Review
Great physics, beautiful graphics, and completely open-world. The controls really give you full manueverability of your character and allow you to be in conrtol 100% of the time, even mid-trick. The challenges are fun and give you points to spend at the store where you can customise the look of your character. There is a leveling system which gives you various unlocks as you progress, providing new content to sink your skiis into. Online multiplayer does exist, but with a 12 player limit, good luck getting into one.

Highly recommended.
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