by: PowderRunner - 4th January 2010

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Great staff, great facilities, variety of terrain
Remote - but that's not necessarily a bad thing!

Full review

I normally do not post reviews of anything, but I wanted to respond to the two misleading reviews prior to this one, as that author is obviously in attack mode. We have been coming to Snowshoe for a decade now, and we continue to be highly satisfied. We were there for three days over the New Years holiday, and skiied from opening time (first tracks all three days!) to closing with only one short break each day. -- Conditions were perfect, except for high winds on Saturday. The grooming staff at Snowshoe is as good as any in the business, and having some extra powder overnight was an added plus. While we were there, only one trail was closed on Thursday, and 100% open Friday and Saturday. -- Even though the resort was at full capacity, the longest lift line we stood in was less than 10 minutes at the Ballhooter quad, and then only a couple of times. At some of the smaller lifts, we consistently skiied straight to the loading area. -- Snowshoe has the most, and most varied, terrain of any east coast ski resort south of New England. You may find lower lift ticket prices at other mid-Atlantic locations, but you'll save 25% for 50% less skiing. -- Service at all levels continues to be top-notch, with the exception of Starbucks. In fact, the friendly staff is one of the things my wife and I consistently note as a high point for each trip. -- Skiing in closed territory gets you kicked out of every ski resort in North America. If it's closed, stay out - even if there's snow there. There is a reason they don't want you skiing in certain areas, and don't whine when you get caught breaking the rules and endangering yourself. -- Snowshoe is NOT a place for a one-day trip, unless you already live within an hour or two of the resort. The remoteness can be a challenge for anyone who is afraid of driving in snow, but it also adds to its charm. If money is an issue, bring your own food (we eat all but one meal in our condo each year), but as others have noted the nearest true grocery store is an hour or so away so plan accordingly. If you can afford airfare to Colorado or Utah, by all means go there - we've skiied there, and you can't beat the big mountains. If money is not an issue at all, go to Europe - we've skiied the Alps, too, and the atmosphere is completely different than at U.S. resorts. But if you'd rather save some transportation $$$ and get the most for your skiing dollars, Snowshoe is the best choice south of New York, hands down.
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