Great Family Skiing for the East

by: Mom to Mark - Jan 21, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: They have everything to keep us and our 5 year old busy

    Cons: Food is mediocre; snowboarders are a hazard

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009


Full review

We just got back today from our first visit to Seven Springs and we are already planning to go back next month. The drive from northern VA was great - all highway, which is far superior to trying to drive those back roads of VA or W. VA at night. We figured out by default - the hotel and their condos were sold out - that it is far cheaper to rent a small condo directly from the owner - almost half price - than to go through the mountain's rental office. We rented a cute 1 br plus a fold out couch at Swiss Mountain - less than 1 mi from the slopes. Parking is a little hairy unless you get there early, but there are frequent shuttles from swiss mountain and most people take them with skis and all. The mountain is nice, well groomed, excellent snow making and we had snow every day, all day for three days. It was really nice, a little cold at times. The multiple bars are nice and are pretty family oriented until the nightlife kicks in. It's really a family place. Everyone is nice from the people running the lifts and checking lift tickets to the bartenders and wait staff. Everyone was generally helpful. We were there during National Skier Safety Awareness Week. Unfortunately, even as a long time strong skier, I was disturbed by the number of out of control snowboarders who insisted on zooming past me without any warning. There were a couple of close calls. What ever happened to yelling " on your left /right" as you pass another skier??? Another reviewer also mentioned that the snowboarders have a habit of scraping along the slope because they aren't skilled enough to ski the terrain they're on. We had been told that the snowboarders and skiers used different areas, but that clearly was not true and that was my major gripe because there was no one around to give these snowboarders a lesson in safety awareness. We put our 5 year old son in the tiny tots all day ski program. It was expensive but in contrast even to a private lesson, he learned so much more - two 90 minute group lessons (they do 5 kids, but his class had 3), a lunch and play time were well worth the cost. He skied free - 6 to 11 pay a youth price. We got an adorable complementary photo of him smiling away holding his skis. The instructors are very good and very patient. There is a good sized swimming pool , a small bowling alley, snowtubing and a silly but fun indoor minigolf. The locker rooms in the pool are terrible - the lockers are outside in the pool area - and it is totally inconvenient - no place to put your stuff, you change in the toilet stall. Also, if you are not staying at the hotel, you have to bring all your stuff with you - there is a hair dryer there so you can go outside with a dry head. All of these amenities cost $ if you don't book through the hotel. Pool is $6 per person, golf is $5 per person and tubing is $16 for adults $11 for children regardless of how you booked for two hour segments. Food at the mountain ranges from bad to OK. We ate lunch there, chili was good, burgers bad, bratwurst was OK. We did dinner one night at the mountain - a buffet that was overpriced, but the food was OK, a good selection of everything including very good salads, fabulous breads and fair desserts. It was really worth it to be able to make breakfast and dinner in the condo, probably saved us a couple hundred bucks over 4 days and we didn't have to eat junk that we didn't like.

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