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! -- 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.

Weekend Update

A last minute cancelation allowed us to head up to Snowshoe and do a little updating to the condo.  When we first bought the place in 2011, we changed almost everything.  We've slowly addressed those lingering things that have bugged us and this was the weekend to attack two of the biggest issues.  Paint in the bedroom and bathroom!  A lighter toned, modern hue of gray was selected and matched with bright white trim to refresh the decor and make it match much better with the rest of the unit.  We also found some great matching lamp shades, a four port USB charger, and replaced the remaining light switches to make everything feel fresh.  Check out how great the bedroom looks and get your bookings set now!  We've got just under a month until ski season starts!


Guns Out!

Season Transitions....

  Beautiful Fall Leaves -- picture found online
  Sunrise from Snowshoe Mountain Lodge 160 October 26th 2014

Snow Guns Prepped and Ready to start blowing snow

Ski Season Starts In One Month!   Wednesday November 26th!!


Dropkick Murphys - Celtic Punk Invasion Tour Coming to Snowshoe

The Dropkick Murphys are a celtic punk band originally from Massachusetts.  With a huge following and influences like the Ramones, The Clash, AC/DC and many others.   They'll be playing at Snowshoe on March 7th, 2015 -- Spring Break???

Here's a link to one of thier most popular songs.  

Full Press Release  

Dropkick Murphys announce their inaugural Celtic Punk Invasion Tour, hitting the US and Europe, including a pair of shows in Dublin on March 17, 2015 — marking the first time that the band will play Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. The band will perform two shows on St. Paddy’s Day, with early evening and late concerts at Dublin’s Vicar Street venue.  US fans can see the band on 14 dates, including five shows at Boston’s House Of Blues and three nights at NYC’s Irving Plaza.   A major announcement for US fans wishing to travel with the band for the St Patrick’s Day Shows in Dublin will be coming soon.

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Afterglow...LED Skiing Movie

Check out this awesome video of some skiing in Alaska -- at night -- in light suits covered with 7000 LED's.  The footage (and setting) is pretty fantastic.  Wired Magazine did a write up on it that goes behind the scenes -- it looked like a pretty sketchy deal for the talent and the filmmakers.  FULL ARTICLE HERE

AFTERGLOW - Lightsuit Segment from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.

Electric Power Upgrade for Snowshoe

The Charleston Gazette is reporting that MonPower, the First Energy subsidiary that provides power for the mountain is upgrading a 47 mile transmission line in the county to improve reliability.  We hope this will make power outages on the mountain much less frequent and when they do happen, allow them to fix them fast.  When the power goes out on the mountain, it really shuts down the fun and often times even stops all the lifts.  Hopefully the new line will also make the lift power outages a thing of the past as well!  Read the full article here

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