This past winter was [R407R, Snowshoe]'s 35th season, and a good one.

Snowshoe GM Bill Rock called the winter "awesome" because of early snow and sustained cold temperatures that allowed steady snowmaking.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort has closed the ski trails - last day was March 22 - but is already planning music, mountain biking, hiking, chairlift rides and other springtime activities.

The resort traditionally celebrates the changeover on Memorial Day weekend May 22-25 with live music in a mountain setting.

It continues Friday night with a campfire in the fire cauldron, with live music and roasting of marshmallows. Friday ends with a movie under the stars.

Saturday and Sunday see day-long horseshoe games with players coming and going.

A succession of bands play live music all day Saturday and Sunday.

Face painting and balloon tying also take place both weekend days.

Details are still in the works, but as in past years Snowshoe will kick off the weekend with the opening of the Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park for the season on Friday morning May 22.

Mountain biking season passes cost $314 if purchased by May 22, and $349 thereafter. Pre-season purchases include one free race entry. Downhill Race Weekends are scheduled June 19-21, July 24-26, Aug. 28-30, and Oct. 2-4.

The Raven Golf Club will open on May 11, offering golfers rolling fairways that in some cases drop 200 feet from tee to landing, framed by Allegheny Mountain vistas.