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Snowshoe, WV Feb 13-17

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Thought i would post a report for anyone near Snowshoe and considering a trip up there. My advice is definitely go!!

 

We arrived on Feb 13 with snow coming down steady in big fat flakes. It continued through that night. Woke up on Thurs 14 with partly sunny skies, temps in the low to mid 30's and literally no one on the slopes. The weatern territory was essentially deserted all morning and pretty much every lift on the mountain was instant on.

 

Conditions were great in the mornings with fresh snow. It was a combination of blown and natural. By afternoon Thursday things got a bit slushy as temps pushed toward the 40's but overall conditions held pretty well. It only got better from there.

 

Friday was the best day ive had at Snowshoe in a long time. Crowds were still light most of the day and around noon more snow began to fall and it honestly never stopped until we left on Sunday. Most of the day was spent in Western Territory and on the black runs over at Soaring Eagle. Lower Shays Revenge was left ungroomed on the left side as was Knot Bumper for mogul lovers. Snow continued uniterrupted through Friday night.

 

Saturday started great. Lots of fresh powder when the roped dropped. First runs on the Western Territory were amazing but unfortuately the day went downhill from there. Absolutely massive crowds contributed to insane wait times particularly at the Ballhooter high speed quad where we waited an hour from 11-12. At that point it got very cold and we were spending more time in line then on the slopes so i decided to hang out on the green runs with my snowboarding 9 yo the rest of the day.

 

Overall great conditions and a great time though. Would recommed heading up if you are in the area but during the week if possible.

 

Top priority for this resort should be moderizing their lift system. The mountain is way too dependent on the Ballhooter lift at this point.

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Glad to hear you had a good time! I just got back from SS last night, we were there this past Fri-Sun, Feb 15-17. Great conditions but bitter cold yesterday, and icy/windy.

 

I totally agree that the Ballhooter Lift tends to get backed up the worst. We typically plan to end up anywhere but there during the prime part of the day. 

 

Silver Creek tends to be the best kept secret at the entire resort as it's just never packed like that during the day.

 

Of course Western Territory always seems to be minimal wait times too. Especially on the Shay's side of the lift wink.gif.

 

I'm going to make a thread specifically for it tomorrow when Snowshoe officially releases the details, but they keep posting hints about their Ridiculous Pass special which goes on sale tomorrow Feb 19th. Rumor has it (and I've had the rumor confirmed by multiple people in "the know") that it's going to be $199 for a season pass good for the rest of this season and all of next season. If it turns out to be true, that is an amazing deal. I paid $249 for my college student pass for this year and that was in the middle of summer.

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Wow. If thats actually the deal on the Ridc Pass thats amazing Falco. Glad to hear you had fun as well. Wish you could have seen Thursday. I went down Shays Three times that morning and saw 2 other people the whole time.

 

I need to get over to Silver Creek. The problem is we usually stay slopeside at Shoe and the kids are in Ski/Board school there during the day while the wife and i ski so its easier to stick around there. And im not a huge night skiing fan. However, Saturday may change my mind. Never seen Ballhooter that bad. I took it once and didnt go near it the rest of the day.

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Wow. If thats actually the deal on the Ridc Pass thats amazing Falco. Glad to hear you had fun as well. Wish you could have seen Thursday. I went down Shays Three times that morning and saw 2 other people the whole time.

 

I need to get over to Silver Creek. The problem is we usually stay slopeside at Shoe and the kids are in Ski/Board school there during the day while the wife and i ski so its easier to stick around there. And im not a huge night skiing fan. However, Saturday may change my mind. Never seen Ballhooter that bad. I took it once and didnt go near it the rest of the day.

 

I think because so many of the greens/blues feed to it, it's just always packed when the resort gets full. It does seem to be pretty bad this year compared to previous years (which I guess is a good thing for the resort).

 

Silver Creek is awesome during the day when you're ready to pull your hair out at SS. Especially if you enjoy the blues/blacks to the far end of Silver Creek (furthest from the entrance), I've literally never waited in a line there longer than 30 seconds. Ski right on to the lift for the most part. 

 

I do enjoy night skiing there, but it does tend to get icy often, so it's usually just a couple hours or so before I call it quits. Some nights though it's just perfect and there's nothing like a great night out skiing under the stars (and lights haha).

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