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First time trip to Snowshoe WV!

post #1 of 20
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Hello everyone, glad to have found this skiing forum. It appears to be pretty active. 

 

I'll be making my first trip ever to Snowshoe WV the weekend of February 22nd and was wondering if anyone had any advice for me regarding lodging, food, or the skiing itself. I've been told that food is rather pricey. 

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 20
Welcome to EpicSki!

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you may have. Click the link in my signature to view our Resort Guide dedicated to Snowshoe. It includes direct links to almost any area of their site you'd be looking for.

If you're planning a trip for this month, I'd highly recommend you call ASAP as they've been filling up very quickly.

If you're budget - minded, I'd try to get a room down at the bottom, at the Inn. It's still served by the shuttle but the rooms are much much cheaper than anywhere up top, plus they have a pool, hot tubs, and complimentary breakfast.

My wife and I are young and have a 2 year old daughter so our trips are usually budget minded as well.

If you'll be buying day passes it's hard to beat the multi day rates on Liftopia.com.

Happy to help however I can so ask away!
Edited by Falco - 2/9/13 at 5:39pm
post #3 of 20

Hey Jhoffy22,

 

Costco has discount lift tickets and if you are in No.VA, I believe Alpine ski shop has discounted tickets.

 

In regards to lodging, I would check  out: www.VRBO.com or http://www.snowshoevacationrentals.com/.  Both other better pricing than going through the resort.

 

Where are you driving from?

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Originally Posted by Falco View Post

Welcome to EpicSki!

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you may have. Click the link in my signature to view our Resort Guide dedicated to Snowshoe. It includes direct links to almost any area of their site you'd be looking for.

If you're planning a trip for this month, I'd highly recommend you call ASAP as they've been filling up very quickly.

If you're budget - minded, I'd try to get a room down at the bottom, at the Inn. It's still served by the shuttle but the rooms are much much cheaper than anywhere up top, plus they have a pool, hot tubs, and complimentary breakfast.

My wife and I are young and have a 2 year old daughter so our trips are usually budget minded as well.

If you'll be buying day passes it's hard to beat the multi day rates on Liftopia.com.

Happy to help however I can so ask away!

Awesome, thank you for your answer. We are definitely on a budget as we are all college students. I did a bunch of calling around this morning and the cheapest rates that I could find was at The Inn At Snowshoe. $219.86 for a two night stay. For lift tickets, we are all students so we get them pretty cheap right through the resort at $122 for a 2-day lift ticket! 

 

They had 38 rooms available at The Inn so I wasn't too worried about them filling up too soon. 

 

My one worry is the quality of the slopes this late into the season. Is Snowshoe high enough up in the mountains that the weather is colder than down in the local towns? 

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Hey Jhoffy22,

 

Costco has discount lift tickets and if you are in No.VA, I believe Alpine ski shop has discounted tickets.

 

In regards to lodging, I would check  out: www.VRBO.com or http://www.snowshoevacationrentals.com/.  Both other better pricing than going through the resort.

 

Where are you driving from?

We're coming from Ohio. I don't have a Costco membership nor do I know anyone that does. Also, we don't have a Costco anywhere nearby.

 

I checked both of those out earlier. Nearly everything was booked! 

post #5 of 20

In regards to the the quality of the slopes this "late" into the season, don't worry. This is peak season for Snowshoe and given the last 2 weeks the slopes will be in great shape.

 

I've made a few trips to Snowshoe and I do have one piece of advice in regards to lodging. Basically, I'm not a fan of the Inn down the hill. It's totally disconnected. The upside down village at the top of Snowshoe is actually a really fun scene on weekend nights. Restaurants and bars like the Junction are hopping and it's a good time.

 

I'm not sure if you're of drinking age or not (or if that's your thing), but if you want to go out after skiing, I'd looking into a VRBO or a room at the top rather than the Inn. I know it doesn't seem a like a big deal to take the shuttle or drive a few miles up and down, but having done it both ways I can say I greatly prefer staying at the top.

post #6 of 20
Kaufee is right, it is two totally different vibes. If you and your buds can have a good time bringing a cooler of beer and chilling in the room or pool or hot tub after skiing, you'll be fine at the Inn (and pay about half the price vs up top). If you want to experience the nightlife at all (they've got a nightclub and a comedy club as well), then all that stuff is up top so definitely consider that.

I know the Inn is usually $90-120/night for a room with two doubles, and the cheapest I've found anything up top is closer to at least $220/night and goes up from there. Split between a few buddies I guess either way is doable, but it will be two different experiences.

Not sure what vehicle you'll be driving either but you tend to sell a lot of 2WD's at the Inn, and I guess it's convenient if you don't have 4WD to not have to drive all the way up and just take the shuttle. (though if the roads up top are bad, that shuttle ride can be very interesting)

I'd also second what he said about it being prime season up there right now. They've got a great base and are still getting snow at least a few times a week. At 4848', they do see a lot of the white stuff when towns down below may not seem as much. Plus they do a great job with making snow. Conditions have been awesome. I'm heading up for a 3 day over President's Day wknd, ill grab some pics for you.
post #7 of 20
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We're all of drinking age but unfortunately some of us are more budget minded than others :p. Personally, I would love to stay at the top of the slopes. Maybe sometime! I'm just excited to go. It will be my first time out on a real resort with my new pair of skis (K2 Recoils) so I'm really excited to test them out. Great to hear that we won't have to worry about crappy conditions. I didn't think that we would but wasn't 100% sure. There is one member in the group that is going to have to rent skis. However, we have a pair of boots that she can use so she would only need poles and skis. Any places you would recommend for cheap rentals? From calling around and checking online, the cheapest that I could find was Route66Snowsnoe. http://www.route66snowshoe.com/php/

 

Thanks for all of the help and advice!

post #8 of 20
Route 66 would be convenient for you if you end up staying at the Inn because it's literally right across the street. (They also have a restaurant attached to the ski shop that has the best meat lovers pizza this side of the Mississippi).

Did you check Ski Barn as well, that's the best local shop in my opinion.
post #9 of 20
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Route 66 would be convenient for you if you end up staying at the Inn because it's literally right across the street. (They also have a restaurant attached to the ski shop that has the best meat lovers pizza this side of the Mississippi).

Did you check Ski Barn as well, that's the best local shop in my opinion.

Awesome news! I'm all for a good meat lovers pizza. 

 

How friendly is Snowshoe towards those who are not the most advanced skiers? We're going to have a couple girls with us that haven't done much skiing at all and I'm hoping they will still be able to stay in the same area as us.

post #10 of 20
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Awesome news! I'm all for a good meat lovers pizza. 

 

How friendly is Snowshoe towards those who are not the most advanced skiers? We're going to have a couple girls with us that haven't done much skiing at all and I'm hoping they will still be able to stay in the same area as us.

 

I can say without hesitation that I've never been to a resort that has such bad skiers as Snowshoe :) 

Seriously, though, it's quite impressive how many absolute disasters are on those slopes. So... uh... your friends should be fine.

post #11 of 20
I will be going that same weekend with my wife and son we always stay at the inn at snowshoe. It is about a mile away from the slopes and the cheapest near by. It is pretty remote area not a lot of choices off the resort area. I think we are paying 250 a night , that includes lift tickets and breakfast. They also have an indoor pool and hot tub and a nice pub that serves food along with the hotel restaurant .
post #12 of 20

Easier for a mix ability group over on Silver Creek.  Also has less of a crowd when things get busy in the main area.  Silver Creek is where there is night skiing.

post #13 of 20
Quote:

I can say without hesitation that I've never been to a resort that has such bad skiers as Snowshoe :) 

Seriously, though, it's quite impressive how many absolute disasters are on those slopes. So... uh... your friends should be fine.

 

 

+1000!

 

I was going to post nearly the same thing when I was reading the posts of this thread.

 

The slopes of Snowshoe are generally a train wreck on weekends; mid week or late Sunday afternoon, different story. Silver Creek is a great idea for avoiding the weekend crowds during the ~11-3 timeframe.

 

Snowshoe's marketing area is pretty much the Southeast (FL, GA, SC, NC, southern/western VA, TN, KY, and too a lesser extent, DC/Balt/Pitts.) Southern Ohio also.

post #14 of 20

To the OP, also check out DCSki.com . There are a lot of very informative info threads on it about Snowshoe.

post #15 of 20
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+1000!

 

I was going to post nearly the same thing when I was reading the posts of this thread.

 

The slopes of Snowshoe are generally a train wreck on weekends; mid week or late Sunday afternoon, different story. Silver Creek is a great idea for avoiding the weekend crowds during the ~11-3 timeframe.

 

Snowshoe's marketing area is pretty much the Southeast (FL, GA, SC, NC, southern/western VA, TN, KY, and too a lesser extent, DC/Balt/Pitts.) Southern Ohio also.

 

 

Yup, 

 

Snowshoe on a weekend has many hazards, most of which are the other skiers on the slopes.  It can be crazy busy on the weekends and since almost all slopes with any decent pitch cross a catrack at some point it can get interesting (doesn't apply to the western territory or silver creek).

 

Staying on top definitely has it's advantages, although the inn isn't bad at all.

 

If everyone's paying their own way and family's with children aren't involved, you might want to consider keeping an eye on airfare and consider going out west next time.  I've been to snowshoe many times (used to have great military deal) and based on cost alone I can't actually recommend it.

 

Having said that, if it's not too crowded and the snow's good you can have a good time there.  I would hit the western territory as soon as it opens and lap it until it gets crowded (probably around 11AM).  If it's crowded I'd probably catch the free shuttle to silver creek after hitting the western territory.

 

The restaurants at the top are a little pricey and frankly not that good,  But the crowd can be fun and I've had good times at foxfire and the junction.  The cheat mountain pizza place isn't bad and the pizza at shaver's center for lunch is decent.

post #16 of 20

I went to Snowshoe 2 years ago for the last weekend of the season with my girlfriend (now wife). We stayed at the top of the mountain in Highland House and it was worth the price. The conditions were great and that was at the end of March, I think it dumped 6-9" of snow that weekend. You guys will have a blast!

post #17 of 20
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How friendly is Snowshoe towards those who are not the most advanced skiers? We're going to have a couple girls with us that haven't done much skiing at all and I'm hoping they will still be able to stay in the same area as us.

 

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Easier for a mix ability group over on Silver Creek.  Also has less of a crowd when things get busy in the main area.  Silver Creek is where there is night skiing.

 

Marznc is right on.

 

I'd aim for Silver Creek if I were you. It never seems as crowded as Snowshoe (even though it's smaller), so it's a bit less intimidating in that regard.

 

No matter which area you choose, your friends will see lots of people relative to their skill level. Like any other resort, the earlier you get out the better, because it has definitely been getting busy on weekends. 

 

My wife and I will be there that weekend as well, I'd be happy to meet up and ski for a bit! cool.gif

post #18 of 20

I would 2nd (3rd?) Silvercreek, for beginners especially. The green slopes there are wider, and there are fewer intersections with other slopes, reducing the chances for collisions. And Silvercreek will just be less crowded. That is where the tubing is, too, if anyone in your group is interested in that.

 

Everyone else has great advice, I was a college student staying at the Inn years ago, I've moved up to Top of the World now ;-).
 

Enjoy!

post #19 of 20

Only thinkg I would recommend is dont stay at Silver Creek lodge.  Not sure on your budget, but that plaxce was totally depressing in my book.  Just this late 70s, early 80s behemoth of a lodge with nasty carpet and outdated styling everywhere.  

 

I would either go dirt cheap at the lodge or go for broke and stay in the village.  

post #20 of 20

All depends on what you are looking for.  My daughter and I liked the fact that there is a pool and sauna right inside the Silver Creek building.  I liked the idea of being able to get in a few more runs under the lights without having to board the bus again.  What mattered was location, price, and the features of the unit, not how the exterior looked.  The downside was not having any place for dinner besides the bar.  Of course, if you are on a budget and bring stuff to cook then that's a non-issue.  For a weekend, it's an okay option.

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Only thinkg I would recommend is dont stay at Silver Creek lodge.  Not sure on your budget, but that plaxce was totally depressing in my book.  Just this late 70s, early 80s behemoth of a lodge with nasty carpet and outdated styling everywhere.  

 

I would either go dirt cheap at the lodge or go for broke and stay in the village.  

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