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 a series of events to be the best.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,333 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 2, 2014

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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 reaches Open Beta stage. 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 an Alpha state. This means that many core features are still in development and the game's controls and core gameplay have not been completed. SNOW will be entering Closed Beta in March 2015.

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

“When SNOW leaves Early Access and enters Open Beta it will become free-to-play.”

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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"It's a freeskiing game in early access with loads of potential. I can't wait to see what they can do with more support. - Andy Bauman"

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January 15

SNOW Closed Beta, March 2015


We are extremely excited to announce that SNOW will be entering Closed Beta this March!


On March 10th, the Closed Beta will be available to Early Access players only. On March 28th, the mountain will be open to everyone else who signs up for the Closed Beta.



Those who have already joined SNOW’s Early Access on Steam don't need to sign up for the Closed Beta and will get automatic access more than two weeks before the rest of the players. We wanted to make sure our Early Access backers are the first people to try out this next major update as a token of our appreciation for all the support they have shown us throughout the earliest stages of SNOW’s development.



We will also reward all players who participate in the Closed Beta with an exclusive Sean Pettit Red Bull helmet. This is the actual custom helmet that freeskier Sean Pettit wears on the mountain and this is the only time to get it. It won’t be available for purchase after the Closed Beta, so sign up to make sure you get yours!

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December 17, 2014

Game Update 0.4.3



Time for a change! The 0.4.3 update is now live, including Multiplayer improvements and official PlayStation 4 "DUALSHOCK 4" gamepad support.

See Multiplayer information for help on setting up servers.

  • Multiplayer improvements
  • "DUALSHOCK 4" (PS4) controller support
  • Updated to CRYENGINE 3.6.10
  • Fix: Skeletons were not updated on the server when out of view range
  • Fix: Field of view being set twice and not adhering to cl_camFieldOfView
  • Cleaned up CVar usage, removed unused ones
  • Added seamless multiplayer check
  • Added "version" data key for lobbies and servers
  • Added debug CreateLobby command
  • Improved lobby <-> server connection process
  • Fixed near plane (first person) shadows
  • Implemented steam networking interfaces and new experimental punchthrough
  • Fixed Jansson not using the CRYENGINE memory manager
  • Fixed a bunch of debug mode assertions
  • Corrected OnEndSession FG parameter
  • Fixed possible particle physics crash during gameplay
  • Reworked player freezing to avoid slight movement
  • Removed min air time for land
  • Actor stats are now fully reset after revive
  • Inputs are no longer reset on revive
  • Tricks are now queried on land, enter air and revival
  • Fix: Exploit to perform a trick while on ground by using arrow key immediately after spawning
  • Fix: Player dying if performing trick when respawning
  • Fixed buttering behaviour
  • Fixed dynamic light source passing a temporary variable onwards
  • Cleaned up & optimized player view code
  • Optimized ViewFirstPerson function
  • Fix: Non orthonormalized matrices in player view
  • Improved GameWarning usage
  • Fix: Max surface velocity was checked by surface name instead of id
  • Fix: Possible renderer crash during level load
  • Moved keyboard shifty from Mannequin idle to trick manager, fixes issues with inability to shifty while rotating
  • Removed trick & rotation logging
  • Changed forced kill to bail
  • Optimized ski effects
  • Fix: Particle flashing while skiing over a new surface type
  • Dynamic environment probe textures are now cached on entity spawn
  • Optimized CActor::UpdateStats, steam statistics are now sent on revive, death or actor destruction
  • Disabled a bunch of unused render targets
  • Integrated CRYENGINE fix for particles not loading in updated cubemaps
  • Fixed poles being incorrectly deselectable
  • Fixed possible physics deadlock on spawn
  • Re-implemented sideways landing crash

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About This Game

SNOW will be entering Closed Beta as a free-to-play game this March!


On March 10th, the free-to-play Closed Beta will be available to Early Access players only. On March 28th, the mountain will be open to everyone else who signs up for the free-to-play Closed Beta.



Those who have already joined SNOW’s Early Access on Steam do not need to sign up for the free-to-play Closed Beta and will get automatic access more than two weeks before the rest of the players. We wanted to make sure our Early Access backers are the first people to try out this next major update as a token of our appreciation for all the support they have shown us throughout the earliest stages of SNOW’s development.



We will also reward all players who participate in the free-to-play Closed Beta with an exclusive Sean Pettit Red Bull helmet. This is the actual custom helmet that freeskier Sean Pettit wears on the mountain and this is the only time to get it. It won’t be available for purchase after the Closed Beta, so sign up to make sure you get yours!

About SNOW

SNOW is the only free-to-play, open world, winter sports game. Explore a massive mountain, customize your character with clothing and equipment from real brands, and compete in a series of events to be the best.

Key Features
  • Open-world exploration
  • Skiing gameplay
  • Character customization
  • Solo events and challenges

Planned Features
  • Snowboarding gameplay
  • Purchasable content (mountain-based content & character customization)
  • Multiplayer matchmaking

System Requirements

    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Early Access Review
Was good. Then micro-transactions were implemented. Now it is not good.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Early Access Review
- Not really that much fun
- Rather shabby optics considering the engine used
- Ingame real money store with macrotransaction prices

+ I was taught a lesson: Don't spend money on Early Access.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
I bought the game almost 2 years ago because they said they would be adding snowboards. Still no snowboards :(
Also, I'm getting tired of paying to be a beta tester for games which will eventually go F2P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Early Access Review
Got into the free beta, and I'm loving this game so far!
Great atmosphere which runs great on my crap rig :)
Decent soundtrack for the most part; some tracks seem to not fit the game very well.
But hey! This game is a lot of fun! I wish I had some VR goggles to go with this.
Pick it up when it's fully released, and you'll have great fun with this soon-to-be F2P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Early Access Review
OK so first off, i just bought this game and i have seen a few videos on it so i was pretty excited.
(NOTE: I am writing this review fully knowing that this is an early access game. these are just things that I hope get fixed)

First off, the video settings and all settings in general are almost impossible to change and it takes a long time to change it from "windowed" to "full-screen". That really annoyed me. Then when i tried to play it (my PC is "supposed to be able to handle it" according to the requirements) but the loading screen was so long it reminded me of Skyrim. Then the map didn't even load and it started changing my COMPUTER'S screen zooming in everything. I tried closing the game, but it wouldn't close. Even when i tried to crash-close it with the task manager on my computer. So after the 10 dollars I spent and the hour I waited downloading this gave me 7 minutes in hell. This game looks really good even though i am not able to play it with the "recommended" computer specs. I am really sad that I wasn't able to play it and i will keep trying to get it to run.

One thing. I do NOT want the came changing anything on my computer and messing with the screen and my other windows and stuff because its really annoying and i have to fix it all. and it also needs to have settings that are easier to change. That is all
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
[Beta Review]
I'm writting this review mostly because I can already tell this game's success is gonna be heavily reliant on how it does on release. But anyway let's get on with it.

-Does it play good ?
SNOW is pretty much just an open world skiing simulator and just like skiing it takes a while to get into but when you do it is truly fun to just ski around exploring all of the map and finding little marks around it and an ocasional skiing pal.

-Does it look good ?
Yes SNOW looks amazing. It does an amazing job at using the cryengine to it's fullest. The game looks amazing and it runs incredible smoothly at it's maximum settings.

-Does it sound good ?
SNOW's sound track asside from the typical SFX is highly reliant on having you listen to several tracks while you play. I myself found the mix pretty decent and fitting to the action although I could clearly see this coming to personal taste.

-What's the problem with it then ?
There are no real problems technicly asside from the ocasional T pose ragdoll or slight collision bugs but these are really rare and tolerable I guess since it is a beta. The problem comes in the game's F2P system. It's a pure F2P system meaning you get all the game has to offer without having to pay anything (like dota2) wich means it's reliant on selling it's cosmetics and advertisement. This will really make or break the lifetime of this game and was my prime reason to write this review seeing as I would like to see this game go far and suceed.

-Final Note and Score.
SNOW is a game that should be experienced and I really recomend giving it a try when it's out. I'm sure the current issues will be sorted out with time and maybe some more things will get added to it like dismounting your skis so I can have incredible long snow walks or go uphill.
Snow gets a solid 8/10.
It's good but it's only catering to a specific crowd so keep that in mid.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Early Access Review
Nice Game :D
Microtransactions are not bad in this game, because you can earn items in Game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
Bought it for oculus support, theyve implemented dk2 but it's garbage, out of focus crossed images. Give me a break here it's the only reason I bought this ghame.

If I were playing without the rift, however, I might enjoy it. It's sad when devs can't even bother to make due on their promises and deliver massive features like VR. It's the difference between something unique and another version of coolboarders with less forgiving physics.

Also really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ to learn it's going f2p and I really wasted my money because it probably won't have vr until it's free, rendering my purchase nil. I want a class action suit against these fu<king early acccess abusers!
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210 of 253 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
113.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Early Access Review
I love this game and it is the most realistic winter sports game to date, but, can i please not pay for my ski's, jacket, etc? This game should not become free to play if it means making the users pay just to switch ski's in game, just release the game as $15 and give us all the feature. thumbs up if they fix the merchendise tho
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128 of 172 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Early Access Review
This new update is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, I payed you idiots $60 to support and and what do I have to do now? Pay for 'Exclusive Content' Dont buy, it's a good game, in terms of gameplay but dont support these idiots that dont care about the people who funded their work in the first place.
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77 of 106 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Early Access Review
If this were a month ago, I'd give it a thumbs up. Now? No.

The latest update - the "Beta" update on March 10th completely changed the game from something good with lots of potential to.. something that feels less like a game and more like a cash grab. They've added microtransactions for any sort of cosmetic item. Anything that one could originally use on their character for free in the Alpha has been put behind a paywall. As of now, you can only get these items through purchasing a "credit pack" and getting them that way.

The developer says that they will eventually add ways to earn these items in the game, but to release a major "update" with the microtransactions in-game for people like myself who already spent money on said game is a red flag. I know that the developers need to make a living and game development isn't cheap. On their forums, a developer has said that it was economically unwise for them to charge $15 or so for the base game and have everyone unlock the gear from the start - thus the microtransactions. However, I fail to see why exactly this business model has been adapted - it would have been much easier to just increase the price of the game accordingly - instead of adding a microtransaction system.

Again, I realize that the developers need to make a profit. That's fine - but the current business model is not the best way to go, and if a drastic, negative change took place from Alpha to Beta, it makes me skeptical about what the future holds. Only time will tell. However, as of now, the game does not appear to be something worth investing in.
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58 of 78 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Early Access Review
So snow is one of my favorite games, well it was until the newest update. The new skiing mechanics completely ruin the game.
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88 of 128 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Early Access Review
Microtransactions??

REALLY!?

It's 2015, Haven't devs learned by now that LITERALLY NOBODY likes Microtransactions?

Microtransactions (in a paid game) = Death of your game

Works fine in F2P, but don't try and be greedy when people actually PAYED for your UNFINISHED product.
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64 of 90 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Early Access Review
Let's be honest for a second, I supported this game because it was written that I would get a snowboard update... they are opening closed beta soon and yet no snowboards... can I just get my money back ??
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55 of 77 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
Ok so .. there has been a recent influx of negetive reviewers. Most of the negetivity is due to either:

1. They found out they have to pay real money to customize their skiers looks

2. The latest update has a few glitches that need to be ironed out.

However, consider that:

A. The game will EVENTUALLY be free to play, and they will fund the game on in game purchases. It currently is not because the game is still in early access. You are paying extra money to access the game early .. NOT TO BUY THE GAME. You might think that is stingey, but this is an independantly developed game by a company with LIMITED RESOURCES .. they need your money to make the game!

B. Early Access = glitches .. welcome to the world of modern game development.

If you can get past those 2 points and have more patience than a 5 year old whiner, then this game is the BEST Skiing game ever made, and IMO the BEST Winter sports game ever made.

The major selling point is that the game takes a more grounded "less arcadey" approach, while the physics are still a little loose to allow you to pull off some silly jumps, it mostly gets there and it does it well. You can explore a full mountain with little to no restrictions, which includes a resort complete with lifts (which will be rideable eventually) and an entire back country area. There are a plethora of ways down the mountain, and nothing limits you in any direction.

This is the Skiing game I have been wishing for since I was 5, and I fully recommend it.
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Early Access Review
For an alpha game especially, this game is more fluid than just about any other winter sport sim I have personally played. For the price its worth investing in this gem - the game is worth the money now in alpha, just imagine when it hits release.

Right now there are only 3 different "parks" or mountains or whatever. Additional maps are inevitable and the ones they have now seem to be very well thought out as far as possible lines and different variaions of ways you can go down the mountain.
10/10 would ski again - and I'm a boarder.
Also - I heard whispers of snowboarding being added to this game at some point? Just rumors...? or is this real life,,,,
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41 of 57 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Early Access Review
I've had the tester pack early access versions of the game for a long while now and it had a lot of potential to be a really good game but now its turning into a microtransaction ♥♥♥♥show. You cant even put ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ goggles on your guy now without paying extra money and the devs are compeltely unapologetic; especially to all of the people who paid extra money for the tester and above versions.

Don't bother wasting your time or money on this POS.
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46 of 66 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Early Access Review
SNOW used to be my favorite game. The development team seemed dedicated and continually worked to improve the game. That is, until the most recent update.

SNOW went from being a fun, community based game to a money grabbing scam. Every single item in the game costs an EXORBITANT ammount of money. A jacket is $5.

Microtransactions completely ruined this game. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS GAME. 2/10.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Early Access Review
Pros and Cons below but keep in mind this is an early access title.

Pros:
-Great Locations (Only 3 at the moment)
-Nice Visuals
-Good Amount of tricks.
-Solid Mechanics
-Steady developer updates
-Nice customization options

Cons:
-Awkward animations when landing at times (landing when you should fall)
-No points or specified tricks when grinding ledges/rails
-Some glitches like hats/clothing disappearing and the game freezes at times. (alpha status)
-No audio options at the moment, so no muting or changing volume levels. (minor complaint)

Overall I really like where this game is headed. I just hope they don't abandon the game before its complete. There is only skiing at the moment but I heard snowboarding will be added so I'm looking forward to that. If you enjoy skiing and/or winter sports this should be a good game for you. I'v played almost 6 hours already and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. Its a nice change of pace from other games.

My gameplay if you're interested>>>>>>>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4oakTC36Es
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
311.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Early Access Review
I recomend this game! It's sick as hell, best skiing game ever! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rspRY8d7HKw

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