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4 months ago

Since I’m an SS “homer’ perhaps  we can keep our SS love (and hate) in one thread for this season.

Look what my buddy just sent me …….

And so it begins.  Portable snow guns moved out of storage
 

4 months ago

Snowshoe’s Early Season Pass is available.  $109 gets you unlimted access from opening day til Christmas.

Details here

4 months ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

Since I’m an SS “homer’ perhaps  we can keep our SS love (and hate) in once thread for this season.

Look what my buddy just sent me …….

And so it begins.  Portable snow guns moved out of storage
 

Temps may hit 32 Sat night and next week so look for gun testing to start soon!

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
4 months ago

Got an email from Ikon with opening dates for the east.  Snowshoe projected date is Nov. 22.

4 months ago

marzNC wrote:

Got an email from Ikon with opening dates for the east.  Snowshoe projected date is Nov. 22.

FWIW, last year they did manage to hit the target opening date on 11/21 with 2 blues, 1 park, and if I remember correctly all of hootenanny and maybe log slide. Really ended up being one of the better opening days in a while, weather helped them some, but I’m sure the new snow makers made a difference 

4 months ago

rbrtlav wrote:

marzNC wrote:

Got an email from Ikon with opening dates for the east.  Snowshoe projected date is Nov. 22.

FWIW, last year they did manage to hit the target opening date on 11/21 with 2 blues, 1 park, and if I remember correctly all of hootenanny and maybe log slide. Really ended up being one of the better opening days in a while, weather helped them some, but I’m sure the new snow makers made a difference 

No, it was 14 trails….

http://www.dcski.com/forum/95441

 

4 months ago

Snowshoe talk is the sole reason I visit this site. Wonder if there are enough of us to make a sub forum viable. 

4 months ago

A couple friends stayed in my condo this weekend and sent me these ……

4 months ago

Certainly not a powder day.  It’s always nice to see those first flakes to get the blood flowing.

4 months ago
First flakes are falling now!
4 months ago

Bonzski wrote:

First flakes are falling now!

I’ll get this webpage cleaned up one day but here’s all the SS cams on one page.  2 thumbs up for snow

SS WEBCAMS 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
4 months ago

Neat!  Snow before Halloween!

OpenSnow has 4 cameras linked to the Snowshoe webpage.  May need to be a subscriber to see them.  But the annual fee is pretty low.  Includes Silver Creek.

4 months ago

Or just go here for free:

http://www.resortcams.com/ski-cams/

3 months ago

2019.2020 WINTER EVENT SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 22 Official Opening Day (weather permitting)

NOVEMBER 28 -30  Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration

DECEMBER 13 Silver Creek Opening Day (weather permitting)

DECEMBER 14  Park Jam present by Smith

DECEMBER 14 Winter Brewfest

DECEMBER 15 WV SKI FREE DAY

DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration (The Connection, Split Rock Pool, Kids Kountdown, Big Top, Hoots and Village Plaza)

JANUARY 4-5 Burton Women’sSnowboardCamp

JANUARY 11-12 Burton Kid’s Snowboard Camp

JANUARY 11-12  SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association) U10-U14

JANUARY 17-19 Martin LutherKing Weekend

JANUARY 25-26 HEAD Women’sSkiCamp

FEBRUARY 1-2 SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association) U-16-U19

FEBRUARY 3 Cupp Run Challenge

FEBRUARY 8  Progression Session

FEBRUARY 14-17  President’s Weekend

FEBRUARY 19-21 SWRA (South Eastern Winter Reps Association)

FEBRUARY 21 Winter Gala presented:by Snowshoe Foundation

FEBRUARY 22 Berming Man

FEBRURARY 29-March 1 SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association) U14 Championship

MARCH 7-8 Homegrown Music Festival & Crescent Ski Council-Private Race

MARCH 13-14 Ballhooter Spring Break Festival

MARCH 15 Silver Creek Closing Day

MARCH 21 Snowshoe Pond Skim

MARCH 22  WV SKI FREE

MARCH 28 End of Season PassHolderAppreciationParty

MARCH 29 Last day of ski season

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
3 months ago

Is there usually a demo day at Snowshoe in December?  How about January?

3 months ago

Will we see snow gun testing this weekend at the Shoe?
 

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 28.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 39.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Blustery.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 26.

3 months ago

Snow Guns Blazing at the SHOE  ——- Shavers Webcam

 

3 months ago
Guns been on & off last 3 days. Might be more than testing. Next few nights are marginal temps then it’s all-in Thurs through ???
3 months ago

Snowshoe all in as expected.  Good to see HV and 7S rocking this AM. I’m heading to the Pittsbugh airport this AM and it’s friggin cold around here.

I’m surprised to see Siver Creek running several guns.  They already tested those last week.  They usually do not open until a couple weeks after the basin.

Snowshoe Cams 

Seven Springs Cams

Hidden Valley Cams

 

3 months ago

Whale watching at the Shoe

3 months ago

Homer or not, the snow cams are looking good. SS is always the most reliable bet in the DC metro area. Love the south montain (soaring eagle lift). Camp 99, Sawmill and Widow Maker are calling.

3 months ago

So I booked a trip to the Shoe after Thanksgiving.  (WOOT!)  We will stay in Expedition Station.  The question arose as to whether the snow making guns might be loud when on at night and mess with our sleep if we are in a room on the slope side.

 

Anyone have an opinion on this?  It’s not too late to request a room on the other side.  TIA

3 months ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

… snow making guns might be loud …

REAL L-O-U-D…sorta like camping in a puptent on an airport runway!!! LOL

3 months ago

You will definitely hear them.  More importantly, you’ll hear the groomers at 5 - 7 AM.  They are pretty loud when they back up with that safety beep.

I smile when I hear them.   That means you are close to the slopes !!

3 months ago
I stayed in ES once. Don’t recall the guns being an issue but maybe they didn’t run. Several friend have stay at mountain lodge on a regular basis and they don’t complain.
3 months ago

So, are they less loud on the village side?

3 months ago

You can hear them, but it’s more of a white noise and I actually like the sound of the fan guns. The kicker is the cats that sometimes have the backup alarms, I think they try to avoid grooming skidder overnight but sometimes weather or snowmaking means it needs an early morning grooming. 
I think they have ear plugs available, but honestly it’s going to be much quieter than any hotel near a road or airport and if you don’t mind white noise you probably won’t notice it. Village side you likely won’t hear them at all, but on a busy weekend you would hear them at all, but you get the village noises.

3 months ago

SS flexing their “Guns”

3 months ago

Snowshoe started pushing out the whales today. Of course the weather looks shitty for opening day on Friday.

3 months ago

 

And, of course, it looks like an overnight freeze into Saturday  GAH

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

Snowshoe started pushing out the whales today. Of course the weather looks shitty for opening day on Friday.

 

3 months ago

Anybody wants to take over my reserved two bedroom at Silver Creek Lodge, Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, West Virgina. Silver Creek Lodge is where the night slopes are open

It is 1 standard bedroom with spacious loft at 2nd floor. Official description: “These units have a full kitchen, living area with a sleeper sofa, 1 enclosed bedroom, 1 bedroom in the loft area. Two bathrooms, electric fireplace, washer/dryer and a balcony.”

Checkin 12/20

Checkout 12/26

I can add your name to the checkin names, then you pay snowshoe directly, $1325 tax included. (currently no more sales and no more room available, similar rooms will cost at least $2000

3 months ago

Snowshoe opens Friday!  This is a great video showing the effort to bring the Cheat Mountain Snow WhLes to submission in time for opening day!! https://youtu.be/Uc64T54zVZE

Enjoy!!!

MorganB aka The Colonel

3 months ago

I see people SKIING/snowboardin on their webcams right now (Thursday)!!!  Jealous moment

2 months ago

Timothy.grasso wrote:

I see people SKIING/snowboardin on their webcams right now (Thursday)!!!  Jealous moment

SS opened the slopes to ski patrol, volunteers and staff from 12 - 2 today.

2 months ago

Opening day update.  The morning was ugly with a capital U.  Fog, rain, wind and 40*.  The snow was in excellent shape.

By 2 PM the sun peeked out and by 4 PM the temps dropped to 32.

Limited pics:

2 months ago

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5AyPuXgvR7/

Found this instagram post which has what appears to be an employee memo breaking down some of the new changes for Snowshoe in 2019-20. Hits on a couple of different things but for me the highlights were…

- Shifting of retail spaces in village. Starbucks moves over to the 4848 spot at the bottom of rimfire. Signatures&Sweets moves into the old starbucks spot. 4848 moves to expedition. FullTilt moves to shavers. 

- Lodge at the base of the mountain is now all employee housing.

- cosmic tubing

- But IMO the biggest news is… improved verizon cellular and wifi service. The whole being cut off from everything was cute for a little while but we have reached the point where something had to be done. 

2 months ago

4848’ is next to the depot, in the old full tilt. Full tilt moved to the old signatures in expedition. As far as I can tell there were no changes at shavers. I believe this was mostly driven by a desire to increase the size of Starbucks 

I don’t know if I need a carrier update or not, but I’m still not seeing Verizon, WiFi does seem expanded though, but that happens before UCI in September.

One big thing missing on that list is the brewery that opened up near silver creek over the summer!

2 months ago

Verizon service has been delayed. 

2 months ago

rbrtlav wrote:

4848’ is next to the depot, in the old full tilt. Full tilt moved to the old signatures in expedition. As far as I can tell there were no changes at shavers. I believe this was mostly driven by a desire to increase the size of Starbucks 

I don’t know if I need a carrier update or not, but I’m still not seeing Verizon, WiFi does seem expanded though, but that happens before UCI in September.

One big thing missing on that list is the brewery that opened up near silver creek over the summer!

Yesterday when I was in the Parking lot accross from the bus stops I got a very string signal from AT&T.  

2 months ago

I did not know SS sold a night only lift ticket.  Anyone else?  Scroll down just below the 3 day pass rates.  49 bucks.

https://www.snowshoemtn.com/plan-your-trip/tickets-and-passes/lift-tickets

 

2 months ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

I did not know SS sold a night only lift ticket.  Anyone else?  Scroll down just below the 3 day pass rates.  49 bucks.

https://www.snowshoemtn.com/plan-your-trip/tickets-and-passes/lift-tickets

Wow, that’s new.  Haven’t seen any promotions or ads so thanks for heads up.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

I did not know SS sold a night only lift ticket.  Anyone else?  Scroll down just below the 3 day pass rates.  49 bucks.

https://www.snowshoemtn.com/plan-your-trip/tickets-and-passes/lift-tickets

 

Any idea what time the night rate will start at Silver Creek?  Massanutten starts at 4:00 but I know of ski areas where the night ticket starts at 3:00, 5:00, or 6:00pm.

2 months ago
Just curious did something happen over at Silver Creek? Webcams is down and the still photo shows a backhoe in foreground. Snowmaking line blowout?
2 months ago

3-for-all lift tickets went back on sale at 8am this morning!

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago

Bonzski wrote:

3-for-all lift tickets went back on sale at 8am this morning!

Maybe too many people were paying attention for Cyber Monday.  As of about 10am there is a notice that 3-for-All is having “technical difficulties” but it’s being worked on.

2 months ago

padjaski68 wrote:

Just curious did something happen over at Silver Creek? Webcams is down and the still photo shows a backhoe in foreground. Snowmaking line blowout?

I was wondering the same but have heard nothing.  That webcam is still off line.  And I wish they’d adjust that one at Arbuckle’s.  It’s been pointing at a door for about a week now.

2 months ago

Why doesn’t Snowshoe have any cams on the Soaring Eagle area?  Or do they and they just aren’t up until the terrain is opened?

2 months ago

ultragib wrote:

Why doesn’t Snowshoe have any cams on the Soaring Eagle area?  Or do they and they just aren’t up until the terrain is opened?

Hoot’s would be a great place to mount one facing Widowmaker and the lift.  

But the good news is that Snowshoe is under another winter weather advisory today / tomorrow so the webcams will be going nuts again.

2 months ago

Blue Don, like the picture of the Dane!

Silver Creek cam is back live making snow!  Wish I could go this weekend but next weekend is looking good, too

2 months ago

I witnessed snow making on all of Cupp Run and Upper Shays today.

2 months ago

Blue Don, What is your site with all the SS cams on it, including yours?

MorganB aka The Colonel

2 months ago

The Colonel wrote:

Blue Don, What is your site with all the SS cams on it, including yours?

MorganB aka The Colonel

It’s now a redirect from our HOA website - www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

Correction:  @Bonzski told me last night that they were making ski on LOWER Shays as well.

2 months ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

Blue Don, What is your site with all the SS cams on it, including yours?

MorganB aka The Colonel

It’s now a redirect from our HOA website - www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

Correction:  @Bonzski told me last night that they were making ski on LOWER Shays as well.

Yup.  As I was leaving yesterday it looked like the whales on lower Shays had been pushed out making edge-to-edge coverage.

2 months ago

WV residents can ski free at Snowshoe on Sunday, December 15, 2019.

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/winter/snowshoe-wv-residents-ski-free-dec-15-2019/

2 months ago

The cam at the base of the Western Territory is operational!!!
 

https://evovision.citynet.net/snowshoe/cam2.cfm?feed=11&isMobile

2 months ago

The Colonel wrote:

The cam at the base of the Western Territory is operational!!!
 

https://evovision.citynet.net/snowshoe/cam2.cfm?feed=11&isMobile

Don’t settle for just one when we have them all wrapped up in bow.  It’s a simple mobile site we built a few years ago and added a redirect from our HOA site this year.

www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

2 months ago

Snowshoe anounced on their facebook page that cupp run and upper shay’s will be open on Saturday.  Can’t wait to get out there.

2 months ago

Anyone there today?  Was WT open?  If so, how was it?  Saw Silvercreek is open?  Any reports?

2 months ago

Was there yesterday for a day trip. WT was open with edge to edge coverage on Upper Shay and Cupp. Spring lake condition after the rain in the morning and still pretty good coverage on sides 3pm-ish. 

2 months ago

Yes, the snow held up nicely despite the morning drizzle.  Turned to light snow early afternoon with heavy squals in the evening. The added 1” made Sunday’s conditions even better, and the afternoon clearing with sun completed the weather turn-around. Cupp & Shays were indeal mix of firm and soft with light crowds, even in the afternoon.  Lower Shays has wales again so look for that to open soon.

2 months ago

The tubing park at Silvercreek is now open.  Went under the radar but they gave the park an update for this season, adding colored LED lighting, party deck, etc.

2 months ago

I found this on reddit.  “Interactive” trail map that hi lights open trails and lifts.  The developer is going to add some zoom features for PC and MAC.  I’ll be curious to see the updates.  It’s supposed to sync with the SS trail report each day.

https://skisnowshoe.neocities.org/map.html

It zooms pretty well on mobile if you access it via this mobile site

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

 

 

2 months ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

I found this on reddit.  “Interactive” trail map that hi lights open trails and lifts.  The developer is going to add some zoom features for PC and MAC.  I’ll be curious to see the updates.  It’s supposed to sync with the SS trail report each day.

https://skisnowshoe.neocities.org/map.html

It zooms pretty well on mobile if you access it via this mobile site

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

 

 

Hey guys, developer here. Glad you liked the site, Don. Happy to take any other suggestions here as well.

The site actually loads the lift/trail status each time it’s refreshed (all within your browser), so there’s no server/data for me to maintain and it should always be up to date. 

Haven’t been to Snowshoe in 10 years but excited to get back there early Jan! 

2 months ago

got2surf wrote:

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

I found this on reddit.  “Interactive” trail map that hi lights open trails and lifts.  The developer is going to add some zoom features for PC and MAC.  I’ll be curious to see the updates.  It’s supposed to sync with the SS trail report each day.

https://skisnowshoe.neocities.org/map.html

It zooms pretty well on mobile if you access it via this mobile site

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

 

 

Hey guys, developer here. Glad you liked the site, Don. Happy to take any other suggestions here as well.

The site actually loads the lift/trail status each time it’s refreshed (all within your browser), so there’s no server/data for me to maintain and it should always be up to date. 

Haven’t been to Snowshoe in 10 years but excited to get back there early Jan! 

That’s pretty cool. Is there an API for the trail report or did you have to scrape the site?

2 months ago

Couldn’t find a documented API but there’s a nice JSON feed.

The mountain report page on Snowshoe’s site is powered by https://www.mtnpowder.com/, which looks like Alterra’s central weather/status system. https://mtnpowder.com/feed?resortId=2 shows all the status info I needed, but there are also some specific links like this one on lift status: https://mtnpowder.com/feed/2/lifts

one month ago
Lower Shays opened, and more trails at Silvercreek
one month ago

11 AM on Monday, sitting at work I peeked at the Boathouse web cam and there are massive lines to Ballhooter. 

Then I took a look at Silver Creeks web cam.  I literally saw 4 people standing there and NO ONE in line.

 

one month ago

I’m heading to the ‘Shoe tomorrow for a few days.  Any first hand reports?

one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

I’m heading to the ‘Shoe tomorrow for a few days.  Any first hand reports?

My son’s family was at SS from Dec 26-Dec 30.  They were amazed with conditions given the weather.  Gave great kudos to the Shoe snowmakers, groomers, and mgt. for a fantastic job.

since then I have noticed that Shays has closed and reopened, and a couple trails at Silver Creek have closed.

MorganB aka The Colonel

 

one month ago

Hi All-

We are headed to Snowshoe this weekend with our kids and so bummed about the weather forecast. The two days we’ll be skiing (Fri&Sat) are both in the 50s and 60%+ chance of rain! Has anyone skied in rain before? Is it dreadful or do-able? Just want to have any idea of what to expect - it’s my 4 year old’s first time and want to prepare for what to expect.  At least the lines won’t be as long…. 
 

CB

one month ago

Personally, I find it deadful.  Sitting on a ski lift soaking wet is NOT my idea of fun.  I have SS plans this weekend as well.  I’m going to watch the weather closely and make a game time decision Thu night.

I remember when my kids were young and came back to the condo cold and wet.  It pretty much sucked.  Maybe ski on the better weather day and do the Big Top / Pool on the rainiest day????

Perhaps we’ll get lucky and the rain won’t be too bad.  C’mon Mother Nature, enough with this rain !!!!

one month ago

I lke to wear latex gloves under my ski gloves when it’s raining. That way my hands don’t get cold & wet when my ski gloves soak through. Works like a charm.

one month ago

CB,

skiing in the rain is fine, take duct tape to tape to cover the  seam down the center of ski boots , have yellow lenses for goggles to improve visibility, do not wear anything cotton especially socks, extra light waterproof layers gloves etc that you can switch into during breaks assuming you’re staying on the mountain. Get a can of some waterproof silicon/ water-guard and spray any gear you have ie jackets gloves ski pants, get rain suits Columbia makes good ones,  Have your 4 year old stand on a piece of cardboard that you can drag across your carpet at home to improve his balance along with ice skating.   the rain melts away the soft corn snow so it’s not so heavy , makes it easier to turn, kind of like skiing on the moon sometimes, better to be out there then not skiing , as a kid I skied often in the rain in Vt, have fun!

 

one month ago

We were at the ‘Shoe from Wednesday evening until this (Sunday) morning.

Wed-Thu were fine, but Fri-Sat were pretty soggy until about 3:00 Saturday when it started snowing again.

I wish we could have stayed another day as it snowed all last night and was still dumping as we left today.

Looks like these next few days will be good with another wet weekend coming up - ugh.

My 10 year old daugher skied her first ever black diamond runs and was scoffing at their (lack of) difficulty by trip’s end and my 11 year old son skied his first double black (Lower Shays).  I’m really proud of both of them.

one month ago

It’s great to see your children gain confidence skiing on difficult terrain. Despite the wet conditions going skiing is better than not going and the more days with varying conditions allow us to get better. When it’s icy or with hardpack conditions those black and double blacks don’t seem so easy. Kind of a roller coaster season so far hopefully we can settle into some extended cold and get in some great skiing this year.

Denis - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Skiing in the rain: ah yes, the surface can be very good.  With good gore-Tex your core can stay completely dry.  It has to be cleaned and treated approximately every 30-40 days of use.  REI and others sell Nik Wax products, one called Tek Wash, and a second for renewing the water repellancy.  The gore Tex membrane will pass water both ways.  Ideally it passes vapor outwards driven by body heat.  Water will pass inwards if the outer fabric loses its repellent treatment by picking up dirt which is inevitable through use.  If water beads on the fabric, you should stay dry.  

the biggest problem with skiing in the rain is glove gauntlets.  They must be tucked inside your sleeves.  If they are outside, the water will run down the sleeves directly into the gloves.  Soon they’ll be soaked and then the water will wick up the sleeves to your core - not fun.  I buy gloves without gauntlets, just a small cuff.    My storm jacket has wide sleeves with Velcro tabs that can be tightened down over the glove cuffs to seal out wind, snow and rain.

one month ago

Growing up in the mid-atlantic, I am certainly not picky. Especially considering if I can find time to get on the slopes 6-8 times a year then it is a great year. That said, there is really nothing worse than sking in the rain. The only thing worse might be sking in the rain….at night.

Just returned from a 5 day family trip to Killington. First time on a big mountain. The weather did not cooperate with rain and freezing rain. Most lifsts were closed on 12/30. Got 8” of fresh snow on our last day so the trip was not a complete wash. 

It has been a few years since I’ve been to SS but am planning a trip this month or next. Im not going to try and compare Killington with Snowshoe, but in some regards SS. SS is deffinatly the best bang for the buck in the mid-atlantic in my humble opinion. 

one month ago

Favorite conditions are first tracks on cordoroy with packed powder and off piste 1’-3’ fresh powder skiing in the trees or in bowls. Second favorite is boiler plate or hardpack icy cold. I can deal with rain it slows everything down and like Denis mentioned Gore-Tex keeps you dry. The wet glove issue happens so it’s handy to hold on to old gloves so you can swap out. All of my gloves are Gore-Tex but it’s the one thing that gets wet regardless.

Things that make skiing less fun are when mashed potatoes appear. That makes everyone ski a little more squirrelly. The worse conditions by far are high gusty winds most times with very cold temps. I’ve skied when the wind chill is pushing -50. It’s not that fun. Usually get in an hour or two go in get warm then decide that tomorrow is another day.

one month ago

I have a dilemma. For various reasons, I haven’t been able to get any mountain time so far this winter. I fly to Aspen on the 18th. I’d really like to get some turns in before I get there. Normally, I wouldn’t mind spending my first few hours at a big mountain taking it easy and getting my legs back. But it’s an active period out west, and there’s a reasonable chance my first day of the season is a powder day in Aspen (I know, cry me a river). I’m concerned that if there’s powder, my “eyes will be too big for my stomach” and I’ll be unable to resist going big right away, which may not be the best idea. So for that reason, I’d like to get out at least once before I fly.

The dilemma is that this weekend is my best opportunity, and the weather report is … not good. Without the trip looming, there’s no way I’d even consider going to Snowshoe. What would you guys do? Any reason to prefer Saturday over Sunday or vice versa? A non-Snowshoe alternative would be to try to get up to Liberty/Whitetail for night skiing sometime next week, but a) the weather report for next week looks just as bad, and b) I worry very little will be open after several days of warm temps and rain.

one month ago

Local conditions from this weekend to just before you leave will tease you and will be like an appitizer that just doesn’t satisify. Sunday looks like the best day at Snowshoe with temps around 40 with little rain and decreasing clouds. Not sure about the resorts locally but the night option should be in play even if temps stay above freezing.

Have you been working out preping your legs for this season? If so, great. If not, then do some balance, thigh work, and stretch so your ready to go BIG! Being older I would keep in in the lower gears first day or so and stay as efficient as possible conserving your muscles and energy to make the most out of your time out west. Have a great time!

one month ago

I’d take Sunday anytime because the crowds taper starting late morning and especially this weekend given the forecast for Saturday.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

dwm8a wrote:

I have a dilemma. For various reasons, I haven’t been able to get any mountain time so far this winter. I fly to Aspen on the 18th. I’d really like to get some turns in before I get there. Normally, I wouldn’t mind spending my first few hours at a big mountain taking it easy and getting my legs back. But it’s an active period out west, and there’s a reasonable chance my first day of the season is a powder day in Aspen (I know, cry me a river). I’m concerned that if there’s powder, my “eyes will be too big for my stomach” and I’ll be unable to resist going big right away, which may not be the best idea. So for that reason, I’d like to get out at least once before I fly.

The dilemma is that this weekend is my best opportunity, and the weather report is … not good. Without the trip looming, there’s no way I’d even consider going to Snowshoe. What would you guys do? Any reason to prefer Saturday over Sunday or vice versa? A non-Snowshoe alternative would be to try to get up to Liberty/Whitetail for night skiing sometime next week, but a) the weather report for next week looks just as bad, and b) I worry very little will be open after several days of warm temps and rain.

Obviously I’m totally biased, but if you were willing to drive to Massanutten, lapping Diamond Jim all day on Sat would probably give you more turns than going to Liberty or Whitetail at night.  Lift 6 never has line more than a few minutes.  The vertical off Lift 6 is just over 800 ft.  Total vert at Mnut is 1100 ft.  On weekends, the Mid-Mountain Grill is open by the parents of race teams so can get a hot lunch without going to the base.  If you stayed in Harrisonburg overnight, DJ is lit and open until 10pm.

Mnut has built a pretty deep base on DJ.  That’s why it’s been open ever since Opening Day.  It was still full side-to-side coverage a few days ago after the hot week around New Year’s.

Sunday is always less busy.  But given the forecast, snow conditions might be better Sat.  I’ll be finishing off a week at Mnut.  We had a very good time in the fresh snow today. :-)

one month ago

dwm8a wrote:

I have a dilemma. For various reasons, I haven’t been able to get any mountain time so far this winter. I fly to Aspen on the 18th. I’d really like to get some turns in before I get there. Normally, I wouldn’t mind spending my first few hours at a big mountain taking it easy and getting my legs back. But it’s an active period out west, and there’s a reasonable chance my first day of the season is a powder day in Aspen (I know, cry me a river). I’m concerned that if there’s powder, my “eyes will be too big for my stomach” and I’ll be unable to resist going big right away, which may not be the best idea. So for that reason, I’d like to get out at least once before I fly.

The dilemma is that this weekend is my best opportunity, and the weather report is … not good. Without the trip looming, there’s no way I’d even consider going to Snowshoe. What would you guys do? Any reason to prefer Saturday over Sunday or vice versa? A non-Snowshoe alternative would be to try to get up to Liberty/Whitetail for night skiing sometime next week, but a) the weather report for next week looks just as bad, and b) I worry very little will be open after several days of warm temps and rain.

Just suck it up and go skiing for 4 hours sometime this weekend. Do the shortest drive since it will be wet and lousy everywhere. Do more than one day if possible. Don’t worry about where, just go out.

If you don’t, you won’t get as much out of your Aspen trip. No matter what shape you are in, you want to be on the slopes at least once to get all the micro balance muscles exercised. You’ll be stiffish after the first day no matter where you go - get it out off the way so you’ll enjoy your vacation more.

Ive got a Taos Ski Week trip planned for the 25th, and I’m already a bit worried that I haven’t got as many days as I need. And I’ve got 9 days on you already (in CO, VT, NH, NY and CT.) I’ll be out there the next two weekends regardless, cuz I need the ski miles.

one month ago

DWM

head to Killington,  get there for a couple free runs at the end of the day Saturday, then ski Sunday, with 3 covered lifts it’s better in wet conditions, all that vertical will help prep you for your trip and it’s only a a few more hours then driving to SS

one month ago

Thanks for all the thoughts - very helpful.

Bonzski, you make a strong case for Sunday instead of Saturday - better weather, fewer people. My concern is that the weather on Saturday will be so bad that trails that are important to me (e.g., Lower Shay’s) might be open on Saturday but not Sunday. The current weather - recent snow plus good snowmaking temps - mitigates that concern somewhat. But that may not be enough to overcome 60 degree temps and hours upon hours of rain on Saturday. Curious whether you think they’ll be able to keep Lower Shay’s open (I’m assuming they’ll be able to keep Cupp open, which may be enough for me to pull the trigger and just go).

one month ago

Western Lift is down today due to high winds.  No one on those slopes right now. 

My 2 cents - I would assume they are blowing snow like crazy (you can see a hint on th ewebcam) in prep for the MLK holiday weekend

I’m heading down tomorrow night and plan to ski SS on Friday, take a “rain check” on Sat and see what things look like Sunday AM.

one month ago

 Note that Massanutten ski slopes are not open on Tuesday evenings. Snow tubing is open on Tues evenings. 

one month ago

dwm8a wrote:

Thanks for all the thoughts - very helpful.

Bonzski, you make a strong case for Sunday instead of Saturday - better weather, fewer people. My concern is that the weather on Saturday will be so bad that trails that are important to me (e.g., Lower Shay’s) might be open on Saturday but not Sunday. The current weather - recent snow plus good snowmaking temps - mitigates that concern somewhat. But that may not be enough to overcome 60 degree temps and hours upon hours of rain on Saturday. Curious whether you think they’ll be able to keep Lower Shay’s open (I’m assuming they’ll be able to keep Cupp open, which may be enough for me to pull the trigger and just go).

I skied Cupp & Shays most every afternoon between Christmas & NYD, then again last weekend.  Even to my surprise it survived several cycles of rain, fog & sun while rarely having low temps below freezing. They’ve been blowing every gun on all mountains since Sunday morning. Add the 9+ inches the past 3 days. It will be fine Sunday.

one month ago

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.4016&lon=-79.9942#.XhZF-iROmaO

This is the official NOAA Charleston WV Office forecast for Snowshoe.  
MorganB aka The Colonel

one month ago

The Colonel wrote:

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.4016&lon=-79.9942#.XhZF-iROmaO

This is the official NOAA Charleston WV Office forecast for Snowshoe.  
MorganB aka The Colonel

That NOAA station is at about 3800 ft.  I believe the one below is one of Snowshoe’s stations at 4800 ft.  Not sure about forecast reliability but I have compared it to my weather station on my deck and they are within one degree.

https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KWVSNOWS15?cm_ven=localwx_pwsdash

 

one month ago

Opened several more trails, count increased to 40.

one month ago

The Colonel wrote:

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.4016&lon=-79.9942#.XhZF-iROmaO

This is the official NOAA Charleston WV Office forecast for Snowshoe.  
MorganB aka The Colonel

The NOAA link and daily forecast was extremely accurate for the end of February & beginning of March snows we received a couple years ago. It seemed the daily 18-24” snow forecast totals came true! This link and the Wunderground (Bear Cub’s Den In Station-elevation 4820’) are the 2 most useful links. I like the 10 day forecast WU provides. They update the forecast a few times a day so sometimes it’s a teaser based on the current models that show big snows only to dissapoint later on. Of course the reverse is also true.

https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/wv/snowshoe

one month ago

Shotmaker wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.4016&lon=-79.9942#.XhZF-iROmaO

This is the official NOAA Charleston WV Office forecast for Snowshoe.  
MorganB aka The Colonel

The NOAA link and daily forecast was extremely accurate for the end of February & beginning of March snows we received a couple years ago. It seemed the daily 18-24” snow forecast totals came true! This link and the Wunderground (Bear Cub’s Den In Station-elevation 4820’) are the 2 most useful links. I like the 10 day forecast WU provides. They update the forecast a few times a day so sometimes it’s a teaser based on the current models that show big snows only to dissapoint later on. Of course the reverse is also true.

https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/wv/snowshoe

The NOAA forecast is for Snowshoe area, however the current conditions, etc are for Hot Springs, VA.  I find WU forecast to be the least accurate but like the real-time & historical data you can view.

one month ago

Bonzski wrote:

Shotmaker wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.4016&lon=-79.9942#.XhZF-iROmaO

This is the official NOAA Charleston WV Office forecast for Snowshoe.  
MorganB aka The Colonel

The NOAA link and daily forecast was extremely accurate for the end of February & beginning of March snows we received a couple years ago. It seemed the daily 18-24” snow forecast totals came true! This link and the Wunderground (Bear Cub’s Den In Station-elevation 4820’) are the 2 most useful links. I like the 10 day forecast WU provides. They update the forecast a few times a day so sometimes it’s a teaser based on the current models that show big snows only to dissapoint later on. Of course the reverse is also true.

https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/wv/snowshoe

The NOAA forecast is for Snowshoe area, however the current conditions, etc are for Hot Springs, VA.  I find WU forecast to be the least accurate but like the real-time & historical data you can view.

Also like the NOAA (winter weather) probablistic snow/ice information>

https://www.weather.gov/rlx/winter

one month ago

I live south of Chapel Hill, and have tried several different ways to get to and from Snowshoe.

They’re all about 5.5-6 hours/300 miles more or less.

This past trip I discovered I like going through Marlinton better than through Cass.

Next time I’m considering trying Route 311 from Roanoke to White Sulfer Springs, and then up 92, which I remember being a more or less flat road.

Has anyone used Route 311?  I’m wondering how that is.

TIA

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

I live south of Chapel Hill, and have tried several different ways to get to and from Snowshoe.

They’re all about 5.5-6 hours/300 miles more or less.

This past trip I discovered I like going through Marlinton better than through Cass.

Next time I’m considering trying Route 311 from Roanoke to White Sulfer Springs, and then up 92, which I remember being a more or less flat road.

Has anyone used Route 311?  I’m wondering how that is.

TIA

Going thru White Sulfer Springs after Martinsville and Roanoke is how I went to SS.  It’s been about 10 years but I doubt much has changed.  Learned the route from SkiSE folks who live in the Triangle.  I took my daughter to the SkiSE SS Summit a couple times. I stuck with I-64 and US220 instead of RT311, especially for the return trip driving in the dark.

one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

I live south of Chapel Hill, and have tried several different ways to get to and from Snowshoe.

They’re all about 5.5-6 hours/300 miles more or less.

This past trip I discovered I like going through Marlinton better than through Cass.

Next time I’m considering trying Route 311 from Roanoke to White Sulfer Springs, and then up 92, which I remember being a more or less flat road.

Has anyone used Route 311?  I’m wondering how that is.

TIA

I live in Roanoke and we never take 311 as a shortcut. It’s 2 lane, twisty and goes over several mountains.

The common way to Snowshoe from Roanoke is US-220 to I-64 to 92 at White Sulphur Springs. There’s a couple of variations possible on that route, but that is the easiest.

 

one month ago

marzNC wrote:

Keith_Moon wrote:

I live south of Chapel Hill, and have tried several different ways to get to and from Snowshoe.

They’re all about 5.5-6 hours/300 miles more or less.

This past trip I discovered I like going through Marlinton better than through Cass.

Next time I’m considering trying Route 311 from Roanoke to White Sulfer Springs, and then up 92, which I remember being a more or less flat road.

Has anyone used Route 311?  I’m wondering how that is.

TIA

Going thru White Sulfer Springs after Martinsville and Roanoke is how I went to SS.  It’s been about 10 years but I doubt much has changed.  Learned the route from SkiSE folks who live in the Triangle.  I took my daughter to the SkiSE SS Summit a couple times. I stuck with I-64 and US220 instead of RT311, especially for the return trip driving in the dark.

Keith don’t fool yourself, US 220 north of Roanoke is smooth and beautiful, there is a nice family Italian restaurant in Iron Gate, and 92 is so much better than 219 - just try them both in a blizzard.  truuuuuuust me.

one month ago

I was not suggesting 219 over 92.  My route would take 39 to 92 to White Sulfer Springs.  From there last time I took 64 to Clifton Forge to get to 220, but it’s not very direct.  If there were a way to go directly southeast from White Sulfer Springs and not have to take 64 east to Clifton Forge, I’d like to do that, but from the comments here it sounds like 311 isn’t really any better.

I’m tempted to just go up 77 past Winterplace and Beckley even though it’s about 40 more miles, since it’s mostly highway driving and I can just bomb it.

 

one month ago

I do this drive locally on a regular basis. From Roanoke, 220N to 64W to 92N, then through Cass, is the way to go. It’s the fastest, has the most flat roads & passing lanes, and keeps you out of the upslope until the bitter end of the drive. In a performance vehicle, I can maintain a 60-70 mph average. Only the last little bit after Cass is seriously twisty, and that’s also when you typically encounter snow-covered roads when the upslope snow machine is running.

Going farther west, say up 77 past Winterplace, will eventually put you on slower roads and in the upslope.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

I was not suggesting 219 over 92.  My route would take 39 to 92 to White Sulfer Springs.  From there last time I took 64 to Clifton Forge to get to 220, but it’s not very direct.  If there were a way to go directly southeast from White Sulfer Springs and not have to take 64 east to Clifton Forge, I’d like to do that, but from the comments here it sounds like 311 isn’t really any better.

I’m tempted to just go up 77 past Winterplace and Beckley even though it’s about 40 more miles, since it’s mostly highway driving and I can just bomb it.

 

No reason to go up I-77 when headed to SS from the Triangle.  Certainly won’t take less time overall.

My first trip to SS we started by staying in Princeton and skiing Winterplace on Friday first.  Then ended up driving during snow flurries in the dark to the Snowshoe Inn.  That took a loooong time.  Was very glad that we were not staying up on the ridge.

one month ago

The19thHole wrote:

I do this drive locally on a regular basis. From Roanoke, 220N to 64W to 92N, then through Cass, is the way to go. It’s the fastest, has the most flat roads & passing lanes, and keeps you out of the upslope until the bitter end of the drive. In a performance vehicle, I can maintain a 60-70 mph average. Only the last little bit after Cass is seriously twisty, and that’s also when you typically encounter snow-covered roads when the upslope snow machine is running.

 

So you take 92 to 66?  And you feel that way is better than going through Marlinton and Slaty Fork?

The mileage/time is reported to be a wash on Google.

I will say I was struck how many more actual grocery stores and gas stations there were on the Marlinton/Slaty Fork route as opposed to Cass, so if we forgot some food staple we could buy it on the way.

I didn’t take 92 this past trip but I do remember it as being pretty flat.

The last twisty bit after Cass doesn’t bother me - I reckon it’s the price of going up a mountain.  But if I could avoid other twisty parts I’d like to do that.

one month ago

marzNC wrote:

Keith_Moon wrote:

I was not suggesting 219 over 92.  My route would take 39 to 92 to White Sulfer Springs.  From there last time I took 64 to Clifton Forge to get to 220, but it’s not very direct.  If there were a way to go directly southeast from White Sulfer Springs and not have to take 64 east to Clifton Forge, I’d like to do that, but from the comments here it sounds like 311 isn’t really any better.

I’m tempted to just go up 77 past Winterplace and Beckley even though it’s about 40 more miles, since it’s mostly highway driving and I can just bomb it.

 

No reason to go up I-77 when headed to SS from the Triangle.  Certainly won’t take less time overall.

Yeah, I know the time is about the same per Google.  But I can drive 80mph on I-77 and my wife gets somewhat car sick on windy roads, so I-77 is appealing on that basis.  Winterplace is actually the closest ski area to us time-wise - being right off the highway it’s so easy to get to.

one month ago

I take 92 up to 66, through Cass. It’s a much straighter and faster road with some passing lanes and no towns other than Cass itself…assuming you don’t need to stock up on anything in Marlinton. You also stay out of the upslope.

Cass has one small general store, but going this way your last opportunity food & fuel is in White Sulphur Springs. It’s probably the best way to go if you have passengers that might suffer from car sickness as well. 

More than once I’ve gone this way at 6am on a cold Sunday morning, from White Sulphur Springs to the parking lot at Snowshoe, without seeing a single car in either direction.

one month ago
  • But I can drive 80mph on I-77 and my wife gets somewhat car sick on windy roads, so I-77 is appealing on that basis.  Winterplace is actually the closest ski area to us time-wise - being right off the highway it’s so easy to get to.

Buy the wrist bands for your wife they really do help>

https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Band-Wristband-Anti-Nausea-Acupressure-Sickness/dp/B001F731N0

one month ago

Good call.  My folks have some of those because they go on ocean cruises a lot.  My wife used one last month and it seemed to work.

one month ago

Not sure what will happen with this rain but SS was an absolute delight today.  Sparse crowds and spring like conditions with soft snow.

Upper and Lower Shays

one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

The19thHole wrote:

I do this drive locally on a regular basis. From Roanoke, 220N to 64W to 92N, then through Cass, is the way to go. It’s the fastest, has the most flat roads & passing lanes, and keeps you out of the upslope until the bitter end of the drive. In a performance vehicle, I can maintain a 60-70 mph average. Only the last little bit after Cass is seriously twisty, and that’s also when you typically encounter snow-covered roads when the upslope snow machine is running.

 

So you take 92 to 66?  And you feel that way is better than going through Marlinton and Slaty Fork?

The mileage/time is reported to be a wash on Google.

Way, way better.  Load up on gas and grocery in WSS if you must, Apple Market on the corner where you turn onto 92.  You can get Alleghany radio network on AM on the way up.  That last twisty bit after Cass is actually driving up the mountain, turn right at the top into the resort.  

Good pic of lower shays up there.

one month ago

Good to see so much snow cover there, anyone remember the Psychocross mountain championship races they held there years ago? Skiers and snowboarders together in same race at snowshoe 

one month ago

Great snow coverage - thanks for sharing those photos, Blue Don. It looks like there’s enough snow to withstand quite a bit of rain. I’ll be down there tomorrow (Sunday) to see in person.

one month ago

SS First Hand Sat 1/11/20

January is the new March for Spring Skiing.

As of 4:30 PM NO RAIN.   Very warm 52*.   The 9” of snow is all melted.  Only snow around is on the trails.

Basin was very foggy but good this AM.  Spruce is showing some wear.  Gandy, Skip Jack and Grabhanner have plenty of snow.  Some of the connector trails are rough.  We did not do Soaring Eagle area today.  Can’t speak to the greens / park over by powder monkey.

Cupp is in GREAT shape.  Upper Shays is in GREAT shape.  Lower Shays is showing some wear.  The Upper Shays  cut over to Lower Cupp is really thin.  Once you got below the fog line, visoin was just fine.  Sun even peaked out a couple times after lunch but the clouds rolled in quickly.

Cupp and Skip Jack were the best runs today.

Upper Cupp

Upper Shays

Lower Shays

Skip Jack

 

one month ago

Thanks for the first hand report Blue Don. Hope to get there next weekend. Typically i avoid holiday weekends but with the weather being what it is, i can’t be picky.

one month ago

Sunday was actually a great day to be at SS. No rain at all (though there was some slight mist between 9-10am) and the weather must have scared the crowds away because very few people were there. I rode the Ballhooter lift *by myself* at around 1pm. On a weekend. In January.

It was cool (high 30s) and cloudy in the early morning, and very sunny and warmer (high 40s/low 50s) when I left at 2:30. I did laps on the Western Territory from 9am until about Noon, when my legs started to transition from “ordinary tired” to “too tired to do what needs to be done.” Both Cupp and Shay’s started out a bit crispy in spots and then softened up over the course of the morning. Cupp was solid top to bottom. Upper Shay’s is in trouble unless they make more snow soon; all the traffic is funneled to skiier’s left on the descent either to Lower Shay’s or the cutoff to Cupp, and the skiiable lines got fewer and fewer as the morning went on. Lower Shay’s was great - nice soft bumps had developed by mid-morning, and very few people were skiing it. By the time I moved over to the Basin side around noon, it was getting a bit too soft for my taste. The Basin was what you’d expect given the weather - soft choppy conditions - though the absence of traffic made it really fun.

All in all, a good day. I’m very glad I went. I’m sure the sore legs I have right now will pay off next week in Aspen.

one month ago

dwm8a wrote:

Sunday was actually a great day to be at SS.

You’re welcome!

I just missed you leaving WT as I went in just after noon.  Overall, Cupp was better but the soft bumps on Lower Shays were worth dealing with the short narrow section on upper.

one month ago

Lower Shay’s was great on Monday. Bumps were very soft and easy to ski. A few areas the snow was thin but overall it was the slope to be on!

one month ago

I find it pretty incredible that Snowshoe opened Western Territory as early as they did and have kept it open through this warm and rainy weather. Big contrast to some of the other resorts which are currently shuttered for the week.

Kudos to them. 

one month ago

That $4MM they spent a couple years ago on snowmaking has really paid off.  We were talking this weekend about how they were able to actually expand trail count with a rather small window of snowmaking temps after the first of the year. 

Here we are in mid Jan and there is not an inch of natural snow on the ground from the Carolinas all the way to Western NY.  It just sucks.  

one month ago

dinozaur wrote:

I find it pretty incredible that Snowshoe opened Western Territory as early as they did and have kept it open through this warm and rainy weather. Big contrast to some of the other resorts which are currently shuttered for the week.

Kudos to them. 

 

Indeed.  When we were there after New Years Day off the top of my head I’d say the Western Territory runs were overall the best at the whole resort.

one month ago

Lower Shay’s is a fairly wide run. It’s impressive to see how many new tower fan guns are located there and how closely they are placed from each other. This was a very smart decision!

one month ago

does anyone know the details of this reported skier death?

https://unofficialnetworks.com/2020/01/13/skier-dies-at-wv-resort/

 

one month ago

kemperski wrote:

does anyone know the details of this reported skier death?

https://unofficialnetworks.com/2020/01/13/skier-dies-at-wv-resort/

Our GM shared a similar article with me on Friday.  It happened on Sunday, Jan 5 at Silver Creek.  She heard it may have been cardiac related.  Very sad.

It better news, winter appears to return on Thursday.  Incredible that they still have 41 trails open.  They must hide snow in a warehouse and truck it in

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Here’s a WV news resport about the 70yo.

https://www.wvnstv.com/top-news/70-year-old-man-dies-at-snowshoe/

” …

On Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 a 70-year-old skier was found unconscious on an intermediate ski slope in the Silver Creek area. Members of the Snowshoe Ski Patrol responded to the scene. They provided initial care, including CPR and other emergency medical interventions. He was then transported to an ambulance from Shaver’s Fork Fire & Rescue. 

The man was transported to a local hospital where he later died. A Snowshoe representative told 59News they are not releasing the man’s name because of guest privacy. They also said there are no known witnesses to the actual incident.

…”

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

It better news, winter appears to return on Thursday.  Incredible that they still have 41 trails open.  They must hide snow in a warehouse and truck it in

Do you think Snowshoe would ever consider a Snow Factory?  Could be leased to start with.  That’s what Mt. Van H did for the cross-country trails up in Lake Placid to make sure that early season clinics could happen.  Also a ski resort in Australia has one to get a headstart on snowmaking before it cools off enough for standard snowmaking.

one month ago

It appears the anticipated cold weather has gotten to Snowshoe!!  Great time to be there, firm snow and sparse crowd!

Snow making should resume soon making for a grand weekend!!!

Get there!!

MorganB aka The Colonel

one month ago

What’s up there today?  Ballhooter isn’t moving but the lift at Silvercreek is.

one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

What’s up there today?  Ballhooter isn’t moving but the lift at Silvercreek is.

The shaver center cam shows the fixed grip running — maybe ballhooter being detachable is on wind hold — looks like strong gusts judging from the banners 

one month ago

kemperski wrote:

The shaver center cam shows the fixed grip running — maybe ballhooter being detachable is on wind hold — looks like strong gusts judging from the banners 

^^ BINGO ^^   

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of northeast West
Virginia.

Windy conditions with gusts up to 45mph can be expected starting this
late morning lasting into the evening. Flying debris and downed
trees/power lines are possible.
one month ago

Winter resumed at 5 PM at Snowshoe - see Shavers Cam

www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

 

 

one month ago

How many trails open today at Snowsoe?  Whitetail has only 1 trail open from the top

we are heading back to Killington soon, perhaps the week after MLK week

 

one month ago

What’s going on there now?  On the Ballhooter webcam I see lifties bashing each chair as it goes by (to try to knock ice off?) but there are no other people there - ie nobody in line or on the slope.  There ARE a ton of people up top on Skidder Slope.  What’s up?

 

Edit: And now 15 minutes later it’s super crowded, like you’d expect.

one month ago
Freezing rain caused all the high speeds to have a delayed opening
one month ago

Bad day at the ‘Shoe…all detachable quads were closed, I heard due to ice. Checking the cams, Western is still closed but I think Ballhoooter is running. The winds were non-existant until right now, when we are seeing some strong gusts. This morning we went out and did a few laps on Grabhammer lift, the temp was 20 degrees, but it was raining lightly, and freezing on the pavement - and the seats of the lift. It was a very light rain, and didn’t really get us wet, except for my butt as I thawed out the ice on the seat on each trip up. The lift line at Grabhammer finally got to be unbearable so we came in for an early lunch at 10:45. the rain stopped around 10, and we were planning to head over to Cilver Creek after lunch, but just took the dogs out and it is very windy and raining again - still 20 degrees, too. My son and I decided to wait it out a little bit; not really worth it at this point. IHopefully it turns into snow, we have seen no accumulation so far today.

 

one month ago

Holy crap - it’s 20 degrees but it’s raining?

one month ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

Holy crap - it’s 20 degrees but it’s raining?

I mean, how does that happen? The parking lots are a sheet of ice. We left our skis up in the village, so we just decided we’re going out at 3:30 to finish the day; hopefully the crowds should be down by then.

one month ago

eggraid wrote:

Keith_Moon wrote:

Holy crap - it’s 20 degrees but it’s raining?

I mean, how does that happen? The parking lots are a sheet of ice. We left our skis up in the village, so we just decided we’re going out at 3:30 to finish the day; hopefully the crowds should be down by then.

Warm air above you but cold surfaces and surface air. It does suck. Actually got 1-2 in in DC before it turned to sleet/rain. Not too much icing, knock, knock.

one month ago

Looks like today is much better.

one month ago
Wow talk about turnarounds, yesterday afternoon was about as bad as it gets with rain & sleet freezing on contact. I looked like a fresh crispy creme @ 230. Then temps rose to high 30s until midnight when the bottom fell out. Today it’s windy and cold with steady snow.
one month ago

Bonzski wrote:

Wow talk about turnarounds, yesterday afternoon was about as bad as it gets with rain & sleet freezing on contact. I looked like a fresh crispy creme @ 230. Then temps rose to high 30s until midnight when the bottom fell out. Today it’s windy and cold with steady snow.

Huddle up and keep warm.

one month ago

YES - 6” of real snow falling from the heavens when only about an inch was predicted yesterday coupled with great snowmaking laying it down makes for a great day of skiing. Was on the snow from 9:00-4:45 yesterday! Cheat Mountain Magic it is indeed. I am now weighing my options as the extended forecast yesterday was calling for a wet weekend on the 25th & 26th. It now appears that next weekend could bring another 6”+. The big movable guns were laying out some whales to expand the trail count. Here to a solid end of January and better things to come in February for all!

one month ago

Based on the webcams and the weather forecast it is definitely looking positive for the next week or so.

29 days ago

If you need to waste 64 seconds of your life, here’s a timelapse of the top of Ballhooter on MLK from 9A to 5P.

Yes, it is extremely slow at work today …..

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/winter/mlk-timelapse-january-20-2020/

 

29 days ago

I like the wind tunnel effect!

28 days ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

If you need to waste 64 seconds of your life, here’s a timelapse of the top of Ballhooter on MLK from 9A to 5P.

Yes, it is extremely slow at work today …..

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/winter/mlk-timelapse-january-20-2020/

 

This was great. Where is that webcam available?

28 days ago

CryptKeeper wrote:

This was great. Where is that webcam available?

Here’s the redirect link to the site.  Select webcams on the top left, then select Ballhooter Cam.   

http://www.snowshoemtnlodge.com/mobile

I’m going to start collecting a timelapse at least a few times a week and then compare conditions over the season.   I have a few clips dating back to 2017.  I wish I had archived more.

 

 

28 days ago

that really is great, made me a little cold just watching it

 

Also was unaware of the Western territory lift cam, good resource

27 days ago

On Monday, the stick guns were blowing snow like crazy on Camp 99, there were HUGE 15 ft tall whales whales every 20-30 feet, and the trail was open. My son and I didn’t find it until about 3:30, but we did run after run there; it was so fun making huge turns up the side of a mound of snow or skiing up and dropping down the backside. They weren’t the usual low, long, whales that I usually see, they were more pyramid-like than I’ve seen from snowmakers, but that made them waaaaayyyy more fun to shred. The only downside was that the snow blowers were still on when we were there. Also, it really made things difficult for many skiers. There was only about 10 feet of ‘flat’ snow on the left side of the mounds, and a lot of skiers ended up eating it right there, making it tough for others to get around them. Luckily there weren’t too many people over there, the traffic tends to be kind of light on camp 99. 

I’ve never skied anything like that before.

27 days ago

Was there earlier in the day on Monday. First run down was a combo of left side skiing and angling up and over the “pyramids”. It was a very different experience one that I have never had before. The second and last run (although I wish I could have stayed longer) was started at an angle then straight and over the top. About mid way down the whale which appeared to be the largest but not by much I managed to get some good air. My approach was conservative as I didn’t want to get too much air as the next whale wasn’t that far away and the rest of the slope off to the side was too variable to trust for controlling my speed. It was a blast not sure if any slope at SS will set up quite like Camp 99 did that day.

26 days ago

Shotmaker wrote:

Was there earlier in the day on Monday. First run down was a combo of left side skiing and angling up and over the “pyramids”. It was a very different experience one that I have never had before. The second and last run (although I wish I could have stayed longer) was started at an angle then straight and over the top. About mid way down the whale which appeared to be the largest but not by much I managed to get some good air. My approach was conservative as I didn’t want to get too much air as the next whale wasn’t that far away and the rest of the slope off to the side was too variable to trust for controlling my speed. It was a blast not sure if any slope at SS will set up quite like Camp 99 did that day.

I wasn’t comfortable flying over the whales, not knowing if there was a ‘yard sale’ on the other side, but they sure were fun!

21 days ago

Am I dreaming or is their actually snow in the forecast this weekend at the Shoe?  I’m so used to rain and fog that I had to pinch myself.

21 days ago

Blue Don 1982 wrote:

Am I dreaming or is their actually snow in the forecast this weekend at the Shoe?  I’m so used to rain and fog that I had to pinch myself.

From the webcams it looks great right now.

20 days ago

Keith_Moon wrote:

From the webcams it looks great right now.

…… Until the power went out on the Mountain around 2 PM ….. still out as of 5 PM

18 days ago

I just heard the power was out on the mountain.  The power was out on Wednesday aftenoon also.  Does anyone know what’s going on?

I see that it is raining/snowing on the radar.

17 days ago

It came back in around 3:30. They gave 1 day vouchers good any day of the rest of the season. Hopefully mon power fixed the real issue this time, but customer service seemed to handle it well.

16 days ago

Feb 1-2 was probably the best weekend so far this season.  Several inches of snow caked on everthing gave a nice winter vibe (finally) and the trail surfaces were excellent.  Mini pow stashes were found Sun morning on JHook & Camp99, add the sunny skies it felt a bit like being out west.  Now, back to the weekly rinse and repeat.

15 days ago

Do any of the shops (ski shop in main village or ski shop @ Top of the World) have Demo Skis to rent?

 

15 days ago

ultragib wrote:

Do any of the shops (ski shop in main village or ski shop @ Top of the World) have Demo Skis to rent?

Check with the MAC (in the village, close to Ballhooter lift) and Snowcreek Sports (intersection of Snowshoe Dr. & Silvercreek parkway, and next to brewery)

14 days ago
Yuppers I reserved in advanced for this weekend at MAC. Maybe a possible purchase too.
14 days ago
How busy does Silver Creek get on Saturdays? I plan to enjoy Snowshoe side on Friday to avoid the Saturday crowds at Ballhooter.
14 days ago

If you start right when they open you should be able to get in some runs on the basin side before Ballhooter gets too crowded.

Based on my experience you should be able to lap any run you want to at Silver Creek all day, even on the busiest Saturday.

14 days ago
Thanks for the input. By the way Accuweather is saying possibly 7” + Saturday night. Hopefully that ends up being true!
14 days ago

Thanks to both of you who responded about the MAC.  I didn’t know the name of it.  But there it is on their site, that they demo skis.  Good to know!  https://www.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/shopping/the-mac

12 days ago

Today’s trail report has upper and lower shay’s closed. Any intel as to why? Any reason to think they won’t open over the weekend after temps drop and some natural snow falls?

Also, what’s the latest/best intel on snow for this upcoming weekend? Weather underground shows snow overnight on both Friday and Saturday nights. I’m trying to decide between Saturday or Sunday on the hill and the forecast I have doesn’t seem to declare either a clear winner. 

12 days ago

A buddy of mine was there this week and said he saw a lot of thin spots yesterday.  I saw it was open this AM but they must have decided later to close it.  I’m curious if the date and time stamp on the bottom left is valid / accurate.

https://report.mtnfeed.com/snowshoe.html

 

12 days ago

Snow is falling right now at the Shoe.  This weekend looks to be good - wish I was going!

11 days ago

dwm8a wrote:

Today’s trail report has upper and lower shay’s closed. Any intel as to why? Any reason to think they won’t open over the weekend after temps drop and some natural snow falls?

Also, what’s the latest/best intel on snow for this upcoming weekend? Weather underground shows snow overnight on both Friday and Saturday nights. I’m trying to decide between Saturday or Sunday on the hill and the forecast I have doesn’t seem to declare either a clear winner. 

What did you decide?

11 days ago
Well the verdict today was mixed. Eventhough they are making snow and it snowing all day. The wind definitely had an effect. Wind blown hard pack or powder if you found it. Hopefully as the wind dies down there will be better conditions. All in all better than expected even after the rains. Sunday looks to be the best day of the weekend.
11 days ago

We picked Sunday. Trail report says

they got 6” last night. Hopefully we get a few inches tonight

10 days ago
Today started as a bluebird day and but afternoon light snow started to fall. Conditions were much better than yesterday. Crowds were definitely plentiful, Grabhammer/Skidder lift combo beat the waits on Ballhooter and Powder Monkey. Western Territory was crowded on Cupp but Shays was the better of the two, especially when loading the lift. 20 minutes wait on the Cupp side and Shags was 5 minutes tops. Silver Creek was skied off on certain trails but good. Is it me but does Silver Creek’s snowmaking need some tender loving care? You can that Cascade, Mountaineer and Flying Eagle trail had blown pipes. Water was bubbling out of the ground and big sinkhole on Flying Eagle. Silver Creek is a diamond in the rough it needs some updates. When Snowshoe closes they head over there. All in all a fun day with demoing skis. Tomorrow is supposed to be another great day.
5 days ago

Looks wonderful on the cams right now!

 

https://mountaintopcondos.com/snowshoe-webcams

 

From the extended forecast it looks like the next three weekends will all be pretty good.

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