Snowshoe Winter 2016-17 Event Schedule

Snowshoe always plans a full calendar of events and activites for everyone to enjoy.  Here's what they have planned for this winter -- of course everything is subject to change....

NOVEMBER 23 | Official Opening Day (weather permitting) Welcome to the 2016.2017 ski season! It’s time again for first tracks, rope drop, powder stashes and an entire season of fun. Help us celebrate the return of winter with this kick-off to another great season. 

DECEMBER 3 – 4 | Demo Days The biggest names in the business will be here all weekend long, letting you teste drive the latest gear. Open to the public. Must be 18 years or older, or have a parent or guardian present to demo.

DECEMBER 10 | West Virginia Ski Free Day We’re giving out free lift tickets to all residents of West Virginia! Yep, you heard us right. Just bring your proof of residency and get a ticket to ski and ride to your heart’s content.

DECEMBER 17 | Winter Brew Fest Sample more than 50 beers from local favorites to nationally recognized award winners, all while enjoying the funky sounds of Optimus Rift and Lewisburg’s own The Spanglers.

DECEMBER 17 | Early Season Rail Jam Knock the rust off, get your snow legs back, and start the season off right with the region’s best jibbers and jumpers!

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Equipment Rental Delivery Service now at Snowshoe!

If you need rental equipment for your visit to Snowshoe, you've got lots of options - the typical guest rents directly from Snowshoe and has to head over to the rental shop under Expedition Station in the village.  

You can also pick up rentals at a savings some of the private rental shops such as the Ski Barn, Route 66, Elk River Snowboard and Ski, and Snow Creek.  You will still need to go visit the shop to get fitted and pick up the equipment.

You can save time and hassle of standing in line and schlepping all the gear across the village or from your car by using a new service that is now available for all guests.  Snowshoe Ski Delivery will take your online reservation and then delivered everything straight to the condo!  They have skis, snowboards, blades, and all the equipment that you might want.  

Don't worry about getting boots that won't fit -- they'll bring some options and make sure you get the best fit for a great day on the mountain.  It looks like they stock regular "performance" packages and you can also get some "demos" that are typically higher end skis for advanced skiers.  Check out their site and get your reservations in!

http://www.snowshoeskidelivery.com/

2016 SUMMER EVENT SCHEDULE

 

With 11,000 acres of pristine mountain wilderness up for grabs, what you do with it is all up to  you. From hiking and biking to swimming and stargazing, your adventure options here are nearly endless. Let ’ s soak up a season of good times.  Let's Go Adventuring! 
 
MA Y 2 7 th | O p e n i n g D a y f o r S n o w s h o e B i k e P a r k
Get those lifts and wheels spinning! The Snowshoe Bike Park kicks off another great season of  downhill mountain biking. The park is open for all ages and experience levels. We’ve upped our game for beginner riders, making the park more accessible than ever. Learn as you ride with a new interactive element on our beginner terrain. You’ll be advancing through the park or cruising comfortably in no time.
MA Y 2 8 th  | K i d s A d v e n t u r e G a m e s ™
The coolest kids adventure-­‐obstacle race on the planet is back! Kids Adventure Games™ offers kids, ages 6 to 14, the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. The races emphasize teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, environmental awareness and fun! kidsadventuregames.com
MA Y 2 7 th  – 28 th  | W i n e & J a z z F e s t i v a l
Satisfy all your senses. Wine tastings paired with gourmet bites will entice your palate. Jazz musicians will entertain your ears. Top it all off with gorgeous mountain vistas and you’re set for a weekend to remember.
MA Y 2 7 th  – 29 th  | P r o p e r t y O w n e r s W e e k e n d
Welcome home! Now is the time for some respite – however you choose. Get your adrenaline going or wind down by taking it slow. Come enjoy your mountain and learn all about the new things we have in store for the coming year.
 
Jun 3 - 5
Wanderlust
Unplug from the ordinary. Adventure awaits. Wanderlust is an all-out celebration of mindful living. We bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat. This is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul. Find your true north.  WANDERLUST.COM
Jun 10
Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament
The annual Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament tees off at the Raven Golf Club. The Gary Player designed course is a golfer’s dream – mountainous, scenic and challenging. Play to support the Snowshoe Foundation, which helps enhance the quality of life in the region by supporting health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture and the environment.
Jun 11
Beats on the Basin featuring Yarn
FREE Village Concert! Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn’s albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point. Yarn has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music followers. YARNMUSIC.NET
Jun 18
Beats on the Basin Series Free Village Concert  -- Introducing our brand new FREE summer music series! Each Saturday, join us for great live music in the Village high atop Snowshoe Mountain.
Jun 25 - 26
Grand National Cross Country:  
Thunder on the mountain! America’s premier off-road racing series returns to Snowshoe. This is the toughest, most spectacular and unique race of the entire GNCC tour. 2 days of racing fill the mountain with ATVs and bikes.
GNCCRACING.COM
Jul 1 - 3
Homegrown Music and Arts Festival
Experience the traditions of yesterday and enjoy the talents of today as we celebrate the music, arts and culture of Appalachia. Don’t miss the mountaintop fireworks show on Saturday!
Jul 2
Beats on the Basin Series featuring Lonesome River Band
FREE Village Concert! Lonsesome River Band is one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse line up of award-winning players including vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.
LONESOMERIVERBAND.COM
Jul 9
Beats on the Basin Series featuring Davisson Brothers Band
FREE Village Concert! The Davisson Brothers Band has a unique style, fusing a blend of country, southern rock and bluegrass to create a distinctive sound. Their remarkable sound, combined with the band’s talent and energy, has gained them an incredibly loyal and rapidly growing fan base.
DAVISSONBROTHERSBAND.COM
Jul 9
Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook Off
The mountain is heating up! The region’s best cooks go head to head for the best chili and salsa recipes. Get ready for some spice, taste your way across the mountain and watch the antics on stage for the Games of Chili.
Jul 16
Beats on the Basin Series
Introducing our brand new FREE summer music series! Each Saturday, join us for great live music in the Village high atop Snowshoe Mountain.
Jul 16 - 17
Women's Weekend Mountain Bike Camp
A downhill mountain bike camp for all abilities. Women riders come together for weekend of personal progression and skill building. New to biking? No problem. Already killing it on gnarly roots & rocks? We’ve got you covered. We break out groups according to ability and give one on one professional coaching in a team environment. Make new friends, reconnect with old friends and enjoy a girl’s weekend for the books!
Jul 23
Beats on the Basin Series featuring Dangermuffin
FREE Village concert! Dangermuffin is an embodiment of a new consciousness building across their generation, where respect for the Earth and its healing powers outweigh the distractions of modern existence. Using ancient frequencies, they seek vibrations that affect the body beyond the eardrums. Laid-back roots-based sounds energize and play like a sacred scroll of sage wisdom.
DANGERMUFFINMUSIC.COM
Jul 23 - 24
Snowshoe Gravity Series Race #1
The downhill mountain bike series is back at the mountain. Racers will conquer Western Territory as they descend 1500 vertical feet of rocks, roots and technical trail.
Jul 30
Beats on the Basin Series
Introducing our brand new FREE summer music series! Each Saturday, join us for great live music in the Village high atop Snowshoe Mountain.
Aug 5 - 6
Blues, Brews and BBQ
A mountain showcase of the region’s best craft brews paired with some down-home, finger lickin’ barbeque. Add in mountaintop fireworks and a live music performance by Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and you can call this the best weekend of your summer!
Aug 13
Treasure on the Mountain $250,000 Raffle
Get your tickets and win big! Cash and prizes totaling $250,000 will be given away in just one day. Your ticket gets you two chances to win, free food & drink and access to side raffles. Prizes include $25,000 in cash, a 2016 Jeep Wrangler and a 4-night Vegas vacation just to name a few. You don’t have to be present to win, but let’s face it – it is WAY more fun that way. All proceeds benefit the Snowshoe Foundation. 
Aug 13
Beats on the Basin Series featuring The Hillbilly Gypsies
FREE Village concert! The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade! The band is best known for their high-energy live performances. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. It’ll sure make you want to get up and dance!  THEHILLBILLYGYPSIES.COM
Aug 20 - 21
Wild Hare Pro GRT Downhill Mountain Bike Race
The USA Cycling National Pro GRT series is coming to Snowshoe Bike Park! This will also be the second race in the Snowshoe Gravity Series presented by Snowshoe Bike Park. Racers will conquer Western Territory as they descend 1500 vertical feet of the East’s premier downhill terrain.
Aug 20
Beats on the Basin Series featuring The Hip Abduction
FREE Village concert! The Hip Abduction is a vibrant collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music. The music is a smart blending of world pop and club aesthetics that appeals to both audiences. THEHIPABDUCTION.COM
Aug 27
Beats on the Basin Series featuring Barefoot Movement
FREE Village concert! Heartfelt, energetic and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off and stay while.  THEBAREFOOTMOVEMENTOFFICIAL.COM
Sep 2 - 4
FreeFall Festival
The mountain will come alive with free concerts, recreation demos, brew fests, games and so much more. Join us for a weekend of adventuring as we celebrate the outdoor lifestyle. Don’t miss the mountaintop fireworks show on Saturday!
Sep 5
Community Appreciation Day
Our community is our roots. We want to recognize the people that make this place. Residents of Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties will receive a FREE Summer Fun Pass. Bring the whole family and enjoy all the mountain has to offer.
Sep 24 - 25
Snowshoe Gravity Series Race #3
The downhill mountain bike series is back at the mountain. Join us for third and final race of the series to see who will rise to the top for the Championship! Racers will conquer Western Territory as they descend 1500 vertical feet of rocks, roots and technical trail.
Oct 3
Closing Day for Snowshoe Bike Park
Another great season has come and gone. Get your last laps in on the bike park as we button up the summer season and get ready for the flakes to start flying.
Oct 3
Closing Day for Raven Golf Club
Another great season has come and gone. Get your last your last drives in on the fairways as we button up the summer season and get ready for the flakes to start flying.
Oct 21 - 23
USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships
Collegiate mountain bikers are taking over the mountain to compete in downhill, cross-country, short track and dual slalom racing. Watch them battle it out for the title of champion! Snowshoe Bike Park will be closed for the public during this race event weekend.
 

This Season's First Tracks!

While already well into the first week of January, the bluebird skies and more mild temperatures pulled me to Snowshoe for my first tracks of the season.  The conditions were great and no lines to slow me down.  While there was limited terrain open, there was tons of snow and the on the snow crew are working to expand and get new things open.  Two new runs opened today (wish they were open yesterday when I was there!) 

At the condo, I dropped off a new cookware set -- great enamel non-stick pans that all match and have all the pieces should make cooking (and cleanup) lots better.  Checked things over and made sure that the condo's in great shape and ready for the season!  

Walking through the village, the proposed plans to double the size of the Starbucks apparently never got going, but there are two new eating options -- both fitting into the "Quick Service" category -- something the mountain has been missing!  The first and most interesting is Nick B's Baked Empanada  and Chimmichurri Sauce - with a walk up window and what looks like you can use the patio tables in front of the Junction Restaurant.  The empanadas were tasty!  Also don't miss the Gourmet to Go outlet between the Sunset Cantina and the Mountain Adventure Center in the base of the Allegheny Springs building.  Didn't check it out too close, but if the name is any indication -- this should be a great place to pick up some prepared or mostly prepared meals to enjoy back at the condo.

Click on the pictures for full size views!

 

About Time....it is looking much better!

After a crummy week of rain that melted a lot of work that the snowmakers had built up,  a couple of good days shows the snow whales are looking good again and we're excited for the season to get started!!  This picture from 9:00 AM from the Shavers Center webcam shows lots of additional coverage and a beautiful bluebird day.  Fingers crossed that we'll be posting about the open ding day announcement any day now!  The reports from some internet discussion forums indicate that the snow held up better than they expected during the warm rains of last week and that even the work they've done on the Western Territory (Cupp Run) looked surprisingly good.  They put in a huge investment in new snowmaking guns over there with the expectation that it would open up at the same time as the main basin trails -- a huge win if the mountain team can get the weather to cooperate!

Of course, if you're still looking to get your trip planned, check out our calendar and contact me for any help you need setting up a short or long visit to the best in the region.

New Trail and Park

The all-new Evolution Park will increase the total freestyle acreage, and will be located on the Basin slope formerly known as Yew Pine, serving as a medium progression park designed to help riders and skiers transition from small-to-medium features to the larger ones found in the Silver Creek area’s Mountaineer Park.

Sunset Glades, a 5-acre section of woods between Shay’s Revenge and Cupp Run will be developed for expert-only glade skiing, also known as “tree-skiing”.

 

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