With touch-screen interpretative computers, videos rolling, sometimes volunteer or staff docents, maps and about a dozen little viewing tubes spotting specific mountain peaks, visiting the Top Center is always a great time. You can even jump on a spot on the floor and see the mini-earthquake you've created on the graph. This IS a very earthquake-prone area so it is interesting to learn about them.
Midweek or at very low attendance ties the place is not staffed and the cafe is closed. But on weekends or during peak weeks, we've gotten great info from docents, including hiking and backpacking tips for the summer.
You can take your skis/board up with you or just leave it at McCoy Station at mid-mountain, riding back down to get your gear when you are ready.
If it is snowing hard or is very windy, there's not much to see. No need to go outside, unless it is beautiful with calm winds, as the Gondola let's you off inside the building. But when it is nice out (or you are ready to ski/board back down to the bottom, going outside for a real view is fantastic. This really is high country!
It is a nice rest from boarding/skiing too, and included with your life ticket.
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