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

New Pre-Purchase Lift Ticket Options to Save Money!

By now, most skiers know that only the suckers buy their lift tickets at the ticket window the day they are going to ski.  Most resorts price their tickets super high (as high as $89/day at Snowshoe) for these guests, but then discount tickets for guests that book early and take a little risk with their purchase.  The primary player in this game is a company called Liftopia.  They provide the systems that the majority of the resorts around the country use for selling tickets ahead of time.  

Liftopia, the biggest name in lift ticket sales has introduced a new way to buy tickets this year.  Based on your willingness to take some of the risk in your purchase, you can pay three different rates for your lift tickets.  Here are the three tickets that they will be selling:

  • Value lift tickets are what they have always sold. They’re date-specific, non-changeable and non-refundable. They offer the steepest savings, up to 85% off walk-up window rates when purchased in advance. They’re great if you know your exact ski or snowboard dates.
  • Value Plus lift tickets offer added flexibility for peace of mind if and when your travel plans change. They allow for a one-time date change during the season.
  • Flexible lift tickets offer the ultimate flexibility with unlimited date changes during the season.

As an example, Snowshoe has the following available for 12/17/2014 -- a two day lift ticket for $69.95 value, $79.56 Value Plus, or $84.56 Flexible. If I'm worried about the weather or the conditions, I might buy the flexible or value plus options, but if I know I'll be there and will be skiing regardless of the conditions (they are always perfect anyway right?) then I'll go with the best savings -- $35/day! Not bad. But then you and everyone else should have bought the ridiculous pass for the entire season and all of this is a moot point!

Of course if you do buy your tickets through Liftopia, please use our link!

 

2014-15 Season Press Release from Snowshoe Mountain

As reported in the The Exponent Telegram , Clarksburg, WV.

SNOWSHOE — Snowshoe Mountain (www.snowshoemtn.com) has announced plans to open for the 2014-15 winter ski and snowboard season on Nov. 26 and remain open through April 5.

This Thanksgiving-to-Easter calendar marks the longest announced season schedule in a decade, and follows on the momentum of back-to-back big snow seasons, powerful enhancements to the resort’s snowmaking capabilities and early forecasts for a favorable combination of weather factors.
“We know we can’t always count on the terrific early natural snow we’ve seen the past two seasons, and we’re subject to whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” says Frank DeBerry, chief operating officer at Snowshoe. “That’s why we have hedged our position with major investments in our total-mountain snowmaking system. These investments will allow us to make more snow, with greater coverage, earlier in our run up to Opening Day. We look forward to the tradition of Thanksgiving family celebrations continuing here with first laps of the season on fresh corduroy.”
Recently ranked by SKI Magazine readers as a 2015 Top Ten Resort in the East for lodging & après-ski experience, Snowshoe Mountain will roll out exciting additions and enhancements to lodging, amenities and programs for this winter, including:
SNOWSHOE’S FIRST & ONLY LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL SET TO OPEN NOVEMBER 2014

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AlpineReplay at Snowshoe

This year Snowshoe has teamed up with AlpineReplay to help guests better track all their activities at the mountain.  I used this app last year and loved seeing the stats and comparing myself to others at the resort.  It tracks your speed, vertical, jumps, calories, and more, automatically at snowshoe or any other mountain.  It's free to use and doesn't require data service while it's working -- good news for use at Snowshoe.  Once you're back at the condo for the night and hook up to wifi, all your stats will upload and head to the cloud.  You can then review your day skiing.

Here's a link to review one of my visits last year

 

 

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