I went to snowshoe on Fri. Dec. 21. The park was still enjoying 8” that fell on Monday of that week. In Friday about 50 percent of the park was open. The slopes that were open were good but some of the more traveled ones were icy. The Sawmill trail opened that day, for the first time ever I think. It was the only black open and was a nice trail but icy. Silvercreek offered nighttime skiing and snowboarding which was nice considering it extended your day by almost 4 hours. However, all the trails that were open at Silvercreek were really similar and there was little variety of terrain there. My only complaint is that the rates are horrendous. The day before, Thursday Dec. 20 a lift ticket was $40 for a student, but on Fri. it jumped to $71 for “Holiday Rates.” It’s absurd to charge that much for any lift ticket especially Snowshoe. Snowshoe is not one of the big mountains out west as they sometimes think of themselves as. A hint though is that you can get a lift ticket for only $60 at Freestyle snow sport shop in Roanoke and Charlottesville. If you go to Snowshoe be careful the roads going to snowshoe can be icy I fishtailed bad on rout 92 just out of White Sulfur Springs.