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post #1 of 25
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What are the pros/cons between Snowshoe and Winterplace. We're a family of 4, I've been skiing the most, hub and kiddos (11, 7) just learned in March. This will be the first time out this season, so we're really interested in working on technique--I"m even wanting to take another lesson. Looking to ski MLK weekend, but will travel Thursday and Sat or Sun with main skiing planned for Friday.

Any imput will be helpful. :
post #2 of 25
I have to say upfront that I haven't skied/boarded at either place since 1991. I know Winterplace has expanded somewhat since then and it is definitely easier to get to right off I-77. Snowshoe takes a little bit more time and rural roads to get to but is definitely a bigger place. It tends to be a bit more crowded though. You may want to ski at the smaller ski area part of Snowshoe to take lessons. It has pretty nice learning terrain. It used to be a separate ski area but they part of Snowshoe now.

Winterplace was a great place for me to take daytrips to but I would definitely get bored with it for more than one day. It does however remind me of the time I took the day off from work to go skiing there with a co-worker. First thing she did when we got there was to call in sick to work from a pay-phone. It was hysterical.

[ January 10, 2004, 05:32 PM: Message edited by: XX Boarder ]
post #3 of 25
Winterplace is a day trip mountain and Snowshoe is a resort with more than just skiing. Although Snowshoe is probably double the price of Winterplace. MLK weekend will be crowded at both.
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post #4 of 25
I suggest that you look at the Silver Creek (aka Ruckus Ridge) area of Snowshoe. It has wider slopes, better snow, and fewer people than the basin area of Showsnoe.
post #5 of 25
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Originally posted by aschir01:
I suggest that you look at the Silver Creek (aka Ruckus Ridge) area of Snowshoe. It has wider slopes, better snow, and fewer people than the basin area of Showsnoe.

Thanks, everyone for your help. Now to convince the less rabid skier to drive that far to ski.
post #6 of 25
Winterplace will probably suit the beginners in your group just fine. You, however, would probably have a better time at Snowshoe.

I agree with the others about Silver Creek. It is less crowded and has better snow than the basin. It's also a nice area for newbies.

Another resort you may want to consider is Timberline:

www.skitimberline.com

Finally,

www.dcski.com

has lots and lots of information on WEST VIRGINIA. In trying to decide where to go, I suggest that you do some research on that site. Take a look at the resort profiles and some of the articles on the resorts in question. Also, the forum there is a gold mine of unvarnished information on local skiing in wv.
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
Winterplace will probably suit the beginners in your group just fine. You, however, would probably have a better time at Snowshoe.

I agree with the others about Silver Creek. It is less crowded and has better snow than the basin. It's also a nice area for newbies.

Another resort you may want to consider is Timberline:

www.skitimberline.com

Finally,

www.dcski.com

has lots and lots of information on WEST VIRGINIA. In trying to decide where to go, I suggest that you do some research on that site. Take a look at the resort profiles and some of the articles on the resorts in question. Also, the forum there is a gold mine of unvarnished information on local skiing in wv.
Thank you! I need more ski boards to read! I really appreciate the help.
post #8 of 25
No problem.

If you are only interested in skiing and don't mind slow lifts, Timberline is good choice. It's a rustic New England kind of experience (IN THE INTEREST OF FULL DISCLOSURE: I own a condo at Timberline and am also a season passholder). The terrain is magnificent--trails for every ability ranging from a 2 mile long green to some very steep double black terrain. Canaan Valley is just a few miles down the road from Timberline but does not share the same ticket.

If you want more in the way of Apres Ski, Snowshoe is a better bet with its mountaintop village, aquatic center, and other entertainment. Snowshoe has two-high speed lifts. It also has much better snowmaking. However, with this current cold snap, both resorts should be in decent shape by the weekend.
post #9 of 25
Greetings fellow Hoosier!

If you will be travelling from north or central Indiana, you might also consider Seven Springs in Western PA. It is really easy to get to from I-70 or the Ohio Turnpike, almost no rural roads. It has a great ski school and lodging facilities.

If you must go to WV (and I am a big fan of WV skiing) then I would choose Snowshoe over Winterplace for some of the reasons listed above. I would also choose Timberline/Canaan Valley over Winterplace.

Have fun!
post #10 of 25
I should have looked at the profile of the original poster. Stupid me. : 7 Springs rocks. Great place. Here's a report I wrote on it earlier in Dec.

http://www.dcski.com/news/2003/12_09...ensprings.php3
post #11 of 25
I should have looked at the profile of the original poster. Stupid me. : 7 Springs rocks. Great place. Here's a report I wrote on it earlier in Dec.

http://www.dcski.com/news/2003/12_09...ensprings.php3
post #12 of 25
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Quote:
Originally posted by snowflier:
Greetings fellow Hoosier!

Hello!

If you will be travelling from north or central Indiana, you might also consider Seven Springs in Western PA. It is really easy to get to from I-70 or the Ohio Turnpike, almost no rural roads. It has a great ski school and lodging facilities.

How long of a drive is it? I'm having the most trouble with hubby not wanting to drive far. :

If you must go to WV (and I am a big fan of WV skiing) then I would choose Snowshoe over Winterplace for some of the reasons listed above. I would also choose Timberline/Canaan Valley over Winterplace.

Have fun!
Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
I should have looked at the profile of the original poster. Stupid me. :

Aww, not stupid! [img]smile.gif[/img]

7 Springs rocks. Great place. Here's a report I wrote on it earlier in Dec.

http://www.dcski.com/news/2003/12_09...ensprings.php3
What's the weather going to be like this weekend? Butt freezing cold? That's why I was thinking going south to Snowshoe would be good.
post #13 of 25
I have a friend who enjoys pointing out that skiing "is a winter sport".

Cold weather means more chances for you to take the kids in for a hot chocolate break. You still can have fun. And it might be more cold in the elevations in W.Va. than in PA. I'd pick the place where the family can have the best time together. That's what a family ski trip is about.
post #14 of 25
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Quote:
Originally posted by Kneale Brownson:
I have a friend who enjoys pointing out that skiing "is a winter sport".

Cold weather means more chances for you to take the kids in for a hot chocolate break. You still can have fun. And it might be more cold in the elevations in W.Va. than in PA. I'd pick the place where the family can have the best time together. That's what a family ski trip is about.
I have a couple of friends like that, too. I don't want to take the kids out in dangerously butt freezing cold conditons and listen to all the whining. YK?
post #15 of 25
Quote:
Originally posted by snowflier:
Greetings fellow Hoosier!

If you will be travelling from north or central Indiana, you might also consider Seven Springs in Western PA. It is really easy to get to from I-70 or the Ohio Turnpike, almost no rural roads. It has a great ski school and lodging facilities.

If you must go to WV (and I am a big fan of WV skiing) then I would choose Snowshoe over Winterplace for some of the reasons listed above. I would also choose Timberline/Canaan Valley over Winterplace.

Have fun!
I was going to suggest the same thing since it would be an easier drive, but thought I might appear biased since it's my home mountain [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

It also has multitudes of non-skiing activities for the less hardcore.

Getting a room at any of the choices mentioned may be difficult for this weekend though.

OH, and Jules, we're predicting a comfortable weekend in the 20°'s this weekend. The snowmaking has been great, the mountain is 100% open and we are expecting some natural starting tomorrow.

[ January 13, 2004, 04:56 AM: Message edited by: Taylormatt ]
post #16 of 25
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Quote:
Originally posted by Taylormatt:
OH, and Jules, we're predicting a comfortable weekend in the 20°'s this weekend. The snowmaking has been great, the mountain is 100% open and we are expecting some natural starting tomorrow.[/QB][/quote]

Sounds great. I may have to put my foot down and just flat out say "we're going" :
post #17 of 25
FYI:

If you can't get a room on the mountain, there may be availability (and certainly cheaper) at hotels in Donegal, PA or Somerset, PA both only 15 minutes or so away. New Stanton, PA should certainly have rooms and is ~25 minutes away. It's near where I live and is a very easy, straight shot up the mountain on Rt. 31.
post #18 of 25
Snowshoe and Timberline are colder than 7 Springs because of the higher elevations. The village at Snowshoe is at 4,848 feet, so it can get cold up there--especially at night. The lodge and hotel at 7 Springs, by comparison, are at 2,240 feet. Timberline's base is at 3200 feet and the summit is at 4200.

If you can get a ski-in/ski-out condo at Timberline or Snowshoe, I'd go there. Otherwise, head for 7 Springs if you are worried about the cold. Also, always be aware of where the sun is while you ski. At Snowshoe, for example, you can ski the east facing slopes in the morning and the western slopes (expert) in the afternoon. Timberline's slopes, by contrast, all face NORTH and therefore can get very cold--especially the 2 mile long Salamander because it goes through a windy ravine between Hertz and Cabin mountains. 7 Springs has a lot of wide open bowls that get good sun--that's one reason my wife loves the place so much. Also, 7 Springs has the best food and lodge services hands down.

Finally, if you are concerned about the cold--do not go to Vermont this weekend. One of my friends will be skiing the Mid-Atlantic this weekend rather than VT because it is supposed to be butt cold in VT.

[ January 13, 2004, 07:17 AM: Message edited by: West Virginia Skier ]
post #19 of 25
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Quote:
Originally posted by Taylormatt:
FYI:

If you can't get a room on the mountain, there may be availability (and certainly cheaper) at hotels in Donegal, PA or Somerset, PA both only 15 minutes or so away. New Stanton, PA should certainly have rooms and is ~25 minutes away. It's near where I live and is a very easy, straight shot up the mountain on Rt. 31.
Thanks, Taylormatt. Right now I got the hubby talked into at least going skiing at PerfectNorth in IN. I've sent him links to the other ski areas I was considering. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
7 Springs has a lot of wide open bowls that get good sun--that's one reason my wife loves the place so much. Also, 7 Springs has the best food and lodge services hands down.

Finally, if you are concerned about the cold--do not go to Vermont this weekend. One of my friends will be skiing the Mid-Atlantic this weekend rather than VT because it is supposed to be butt cold in VT.
I'll try to push 7 Springs, what's 3 more hours driving. [img]tongue.gif[/img] heh. Vermont is way to far to do in a weekend.

[ January 13, 2004, 09:50 AM: Message edited by: Jules ]
post #20 of 25
Jules:

If you go to 7 Springs and want cheaper acomodations, head to Somerset, and stay at one of the big chain motels. There are also some good restaurant options in Somerset.

Once you get to 7 Springs, put the kids and hubby in the lesson and then take the Polar Bear Express 6-Pack to the North Face--that's where the longest, most open trails are: North Slope, Gunnar, etc. If you are a fairly confident intermediate, these "black" slopes will not be that challenging. They would rate blue in Vermont. Be sure to arrange a meeting spot for lunch b/c the main Wagner lodge is HUGE! Radios are a plus at 7 Springs.

Have fun
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
Jules:

If you go to 7 Springs and want cheaper acomodations, head to Somerset, and stay at one of the big chain motels. There are also some good restaurant options in Somerset.

Once you get to 7 Springs, put the kids and hubby in the lesson and then take the Polar Bear Express 6-Pack to the North Face--that's where the longest, most open trails are: North Slope, Gunnar, etc. If you are a fairly confident intermediate, these "black" slopes will not be that challenging. They would rate blue in Vermont. Be sure to arrange a meeting spot for lunch b/c the main Wagner lodge is HUGE! Radios are a plus at 7 Springs.

Have fun
Thanks for all the info! I'll report back on what we decided and conditions. :
post #22 of 25
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Originally posted by Jules:

Thanks for all the info! I'll report back on what we decided and conditions. :

Because of time constraints, we decided on Perfect North in IN. What a wonderful place that was! The kids had fun and did well, the hubby, too. I took a lesson and got a private one because I wasn't a beginner and had a great time, too.

[ January 16, 2004, 08:47 PM: Message edited by: Jules ]
post #23 of 25
Well I have to say something since WV is my home state I have been to both Winterplace and Snowshoe. They are both fun places to ski. Snowshoe has some more advanced terrain for the East-coast skiiers. The Western territory is a bit scarey and I haven't skied that yet! There are some good beginner trails though. Winterplace is probably a bit smaller, but also has some good beginner trails. They both have pretty good variety though for all skiers.
Also--I saw that someone mentioned Silver creek. This is another good place to ski at snowshoe and it isn't a seperate lift ticket. Snowshoe is considered top notch skiing here in the East! It is a fun place to go!

Have fun at Perfect North!
post #24 of 25
Take my advice and don't ski MLK weekend...you won't have fun and will spend a really long time in lift lines. Just go the weekend before or after. If you are coming from Indiana it isn't that bad to go to Snowshoe (it may almost be as close to go there as to Winterplace). Winterplace is more suited for beginners, but I would go to Snowshoe if you plan on doing anything other than skiing.
post #25 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lilskeer
Have fun at Perfect North!

We did! And this thread started a year ago!
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