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.
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Mostly Positive (4,318 reviews) - 73% of the 4,318 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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April 11

Hoverskiing Hotfix

New update is going out now:

  • Tweaked ski physics proxy offset slightly to minimize hovering effect over terrain

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April 8

Minor patch out now

  • Use default loadout for remote players while waiting for theirs
  • Fix possible MP crash caused by non-existent history item
  • Revert fix for ski radius being twice as big (Reduces chance of clipping through ground)
  • Fix issue where the player was able to generate massive score after placing a session marker with the drone

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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
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Early Access Review
I have played several hundred hours of Skate 3, and I must say, that this game is just as entertaining and fun. A huge plus is that the game is free, and you can play with your friends.
There is bugs, and the game can be kinda frustrating, but it does not stop me from playing!
8/10, can't wait to play the game when it is out of beta!
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Early Access Review
This game was really cool, but I think the update has kind of ruined it. The gameplay was excellent before; easy to control and casual. Now since the update there are so many more complicated buttons and I can't even gain any speed when I have to spam w and then hold left shift for tucking, turning, and a bunch of other things. It just kinda ruined the fast paced casual skiing fun and replaced it with some complicated too realistic simulator.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
The premise of SNOW is excellent - a beautiful, open world, winter sports with multiplayer support and multiple huge mountain ranges to explore. Unfortunately, Poppermost Productions does not seem to be a company that's able to pull this feat off.

SNOW, before the most recent update (~01/04/2016) was an unpleasant but playable game. The currently only option to go is skiing - which was fairly enjoyable (albeit fairly repetitive) on the game's large mountain range. You can respawn in a manner of unlockable locations or on other players on the server which works most of the time (but can be frustrating when someone respawns on you and you lose your bearings :/)

After this update, the playability has gone and now it's a buggy mess. If you can make it into a multiplayer game without crashing and needing to restart your PC, you're faced with countless bugs - from falling through the world to being completely overwhelmed by truly horrific hit detection and scoring.

The game is unbelievebly unstable - both in the menus that overlap and cause the game to crash and the game's reluctancy to safely Alt+Tab in and out of the game. This can kind of be explained by its 'Early Access' disclaimer, but the game has been out since 2013. SNOW feels like a severely unfinished 'My First Game' that has overrun on its budget both on time and money - as, of course, there's a fully functional store where you can buy in-game licensed products such as skis, gloves, and jackets.

TL;DR: SNOW could be a great game, but its seemingly random untested patches, poorly written features and quick gameplay burnout cycle are a fatal concoction that's destined to fail.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Early Access Review
Recommended for Windows.

NOT recommended for Linux/SteamOS (as of 15/04/2016). Crashes, resolution issues, general unhappiness. Streaming from Windows to SteamOS is fine though.

Pros:
+ Doesn't appear to be pay-to-win (yet)
+ Snowboarding and Snowmobile patches coming soon
+ Fun to play, relaxing music (limited songs though)
+ Leveling, steam achievements, steam cloud
+ Keyboard and controller (xbox 360 tested) both work well, though controller preferred

Cons:
- Ragdoll physics are funny to watch but are competely bonkers
- No ragdoll in multiplayer (insta-tombstone)
- Limited music
- No local co-op/multiplayer on the same PC (this would be great feature imho)
- Fear of a pay-to-win, pay-to-play model in the future. I'd love the devs to state something regarding this
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Early Access Review
Downloaded the game in late february. Played a bit then it was pretty fun, just a kind of silly and buggy ski game but super enjoyable and kinda tense. Decided to play with a friend again today and it's not nearly as enjoyable as 2 months ago.
Now you have to mash W to go forward and movement is more restricted, So you are basically a slug on skis. What i liked was that you could just jump in and ski around at the speed of sound do some silly and maybe cool things. which those things have pretty much halved. I can see some people enjoying the more realistic side but it's not for me and maybe not for you, sorry for the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ review
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