Wanderlust Festival Coming to Snowshoe June 5-7 2015

Just in time for the opening of ski season, we find some info for next summer!  The Wanderlust Festival is coming to Snowshoe!  This is a huge event that should bring tons of visitors to the area and share the awesome location with some SUP, yoga, food and drink, and some awesome concerts.  They mention that their lineup and schedule will be posted sometime in February, so check out the website and start planning now!  Here's what they say about the program:

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TWO New Webcams at Snowshoe

Without notice, Snowshoe changed their webcams from resortcams.com to new ones hosted by Citynet.net - a new comer to Snowshoe bringing lots of new bandwidth and better internet service to the mountain.

Now they still have the two webcams that we've been used to over the last couple of seasons, but they added two additional ones that provide even better views!  

The last two are not linked to their webpage, but can be accessed through our links here:  

Camera 1 -- View of Basin from the far side of the Shaver's Lake dam   ****NEW****

Camera 2 -- Shavers Center View of Skidder Slope and village area

Camera 3 -- View from the Boathouse at the base of the Ballhooter Lift

Camera 4 -- View of Silver Creek from the Sugar Shack   ****NEW****


Skiing Etiquette Infographic

SkiBoutique, a luxury vacation company for ski vacations in the Alps with lodging opportunities for people with a different budget than those skiing at Snowshoe, produced a funny little infographic that has great graphics and some good reminders about etiquette on the mountain.

If you're looking to waste some time, check out some of the chalets for rent...one night can be more than the purchase price of a unit at Mountain Lodge!  (http://www.ski-boutique.co.uk/​)

Check out the full infographic -- click read more below!



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Beautiful Aerial Video of Cass

Many of the trail and landmark names around Snowshoe come from the long logging history in the area.  Names like skidder, powder monkey,  ballhooter, grabhammer, Shay, and Heisler are all terms that the loggers used when harvesting the old growth spruce from the mountains in the early 1900's.

Just down the mountain from Mountain Lodge 160 At Snowshoe is the historic logging town of Cass where you can get a first hand look at this history. The town of Cass developed with the timber and railroad companies that were in the valley and operated by West Virginia Pulp and Paper Mill. The mill operation was enormous during its heyday 1908 to 1922. It ran two 11-hour shifts six days per week, cutting 125,000 board feet of lumber each shift, an impressive 1.5 million feet of lumber per week. The Cass mill also had drying kilns using 11 miles of steam pipe to dry 360,000 board feet of lumber on each run.

The adjoining planing mill was three stories high, measuring 96 by 224 feet. Massive elevators carried up to 5,000 feet of lumber to the separate floors and machines. Some of the flooring machines were so big that it took 15 men to operate them. There were two resaws here that could accommodate boards up to 35 feet long. The large surfacing machines finished all four sides of a board in one operation.

Now the railroad and surrounding buildings and lands are part of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.  They have just finished operations for the season and will open up again in the spring. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to see how the region was developed and the logging history of the area.    http://www.cassrailroad.com/

Video by Walter Scriptunas II  -- Check out his other great work -- especially the Pocahontas County stuff --  at his website http://www.scriptunasimages.com/Aerials/



Snow on the Ground!

A cold snap and a white storm came through the area this weekend.  The clouds have lifted, leaving only the cold air and the snow guns humming!  The whales have started to form and we're getting excited for opening day!!  Check out this beautiful sunrise picture of the basin from this morning.

At Snowshoe, water from Shavers Lake is mixed with compressed air and pumped through a high powered fans and guns. The fan can spray the mixture nearly 60 ft into the air. As it leaves the machine, the water crystallizes and forms snow. The snow is piled up is large mounds known as whales.  When the whales are large enough, the snow guns/fans are turned off and the whale allowed to set, or cure, for two to three days. This lets excess water drain off and helps produce a softer snow.  As the trail gets closer to opening day, the whales will be spread out by the snowcats to form the trail surface that we'll all be skiing on!

OpenSnow Forecasts 6+ Inches of snow this weekend!

OpenSnow.com -- one of the best snow weather sites on the web has a mid-atlantic specific forecaster, Justin Berk, that has his thoughts on this weekend's predicted "first storm of the season".  Check out the site frequenlty for the Mid-Atlantic Daily Snow

The Canadian Model is my usually my choice with the best handle of cold air patterns. Plus I think it is on par with the famed European Model that many other hard core meteorologists tout, but I would rather stick with this.  Here you can see the output between Saturday and Sunday. I've adjusted for elevation and local biases to up Wisp to 1"+. While Snowshoe is in the 3"-6" range, the resort is also at 4848' and enhances almost everything on the way in. Sometimes I swear you an sneeze and it will produce 1"-3" of snow.  This weekend, I would lean on the up side of things... so the summit could be in that 6"+.  Good times!  My winter outlook will be on the way shortly and the signals point to a good year.

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