Snowshoe Mountain Resort Review

by: Marshrat - Jan 8, 2008

  • Overall Rating 2
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 1
  • Nightlife 2

    Date Visited: Jan 8, 2008


Full review

Other reviewers notes about the terrain are accurate. I've been skiing Snowshoe for about 10 years. And this last trip (Jan. 2-4) - despite good natural snow - was one of my worst. It's clear the real estate market doldrums have cut into their budget. The grooming was weak, at its best, and non-existent in some highly dangerous areas. The new Sawmill slope was impassible. Boarder-built walls (not moguls) blocked the pitch. They were head high with no line. Everyone just struggled to get past it. Other shabbiness - like our motel room door that was falling off the hinge, wild partying in the hallways after midnight, and the apparent refusal to scrape roads, lightly covered but slippery (especially for Southern drivers), with temperatures below 10 - stood out. The Ballhooter lift line stretched to nearly 40 minutes (on a weekday!). The character directing traffic pulled people equally from both sides of the lift - even though the lines on one side stretched to the horizon, while the other was only three or four deep. Southern skiers (I'm one) were at their worst, clogging hills that were clearly beyond their abilities. The ski patrol was asleep. They delayed the opening of Cupp (a fine slope when properly groomed) until after our trip. And now it's ungroomable in the warm weather and sloppy. The resort's marketing department (one of the cheapest and most incompetent I've encountered - and this is my business) continues its slide into the pits. Daily snow reports are so glowing and bright it makes you sick - especially when you try to ski the poorly groomed hills. Their reports are filled with bad grammar and misspellings. The only bright spots were at Silver Creek, where the snow was good and the lift lines reasonable. But the preference parking for those staying at the lodge (which is very unwelcoming to day skiers - especially when you have to go to the bathroom) means this is hike-in terrain. Valet parking for the lodge and closer spots for day skiers would solve this. But that would take thought beyond the resort's constant promotion of real estate. Yes: Snowshoe is the best is in the South. But it could be so much better. In fact, it used to be.

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