Official Snowshoe Webcams

Snowshoe finally got their act together and got an official webcam up on the mountain.  They have partnered with resortcams.com on the project and I think they've done a great job.  Link to the Live camera at Snowshoe's official Site

Over the past few years, Snowshoe had been constantly criticized for not having a camera, but now, I'd say it's probably one of the best set ups around.  Now it didn't all go smoothly, they have very limited bandwidth up there and when they turned the cameras on for the first time I guess it slammed the system.  They have one other camera down at the base of Ballhooter at the Lakehouse, but that one is turned off still (as of 2/158/13).  They did a bunch of work and finally got the Shaver's Center camera back up and going in such a manner that they are not using up all the bandwidth now.  We'll wait to see if they can get the other camera back up.

Where else would you like to see a camera?  Western Territory?  Silver Creek? Soaring Eagle?  From the example picture I captured this morning, it looks like it is going to be a great day on the slopes today.

Shaver's Center Camera

Boathouse Camera

 

How far do our guests travel to get to Snowshoe?

I thought it would be interesting to see where our guests at Mountain Lodge 160 all come from. So I plotted the city and states for each of our guests from the 2012-2013 ski season to check things out. From all the email communications, I knew that most of our guests were from out of town and staying on average 3 nights.  I expected a pretty wide distribution of visitors, however I didn't realize how just far many of our guests travel -- GA and AL are a long way away!  You can see a concentration of visitors from the greater DC Area - and another group in the northern part of NC.

There's a couple of weeks left of the season and new snow today to freshen up the powder from last week!  Get out there while you can.

Snowshoe Webcam Overview

Snowshoe does not have an official webcam [update:  YET!  They announced on facebook tha they are working on some for this year!  Great News], although they've said they are looking at options for this year.  I've heard rumors that they don't want them because the "live" feed doesn't always match the actual conditions -- not sure I buy that, but whatever.   There are a few webcams on the mountain that can be helpful to find out if its snowing or what the weather looks like.  None of these are "awesome" but I love checking them out as I get ready to head up!  Here are the ones I look at:

Operating on 10/23/12

Public webcam over at the Mountain Crest building - snowshoemtnweather.com  LINK

Private webcam at Shamrock LINK

Not Currently Operating on 10/23/12 -- but may be up later

Private webcam at Shamrock LINK   or   LINK

Commercial webcam over at Elk River Snowboard and Ski - Soaring Eagle Lodge LINK 
 

Historic Trail Maps of Snowshoe

Found copies of these maps the other day and wanted to share them.  I lover to see how a mountain has grown over the years.  Click for full size copies of these images.  Source: skimaps.org

From 1980 From 1990

 

Horseback Riding Now at Snowshoe

New for this summer, the Cheat Mountain Stables are planning to open June 29th at their facility near the Silver Creek Lodge.  They don't have too much information up yet, but you can watch their facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CheatMountainStables) for more details at opening day approaches.  We look forward to giving them a try and hope that they have a very successful summer.  Get out there and enjoy the 11,000 acres of beautiful WV scenery and the cool summer temperatures.  

Spruce Lodge


Spruce Lodge Demolition

Snowshoe posted a few historic pictures of the mountain and they got me distracted to go see if I could find some more.  I wan't too successful, but I did come across a little article about the old Spruce Lodge which sat in the way of the construction of Expedition Station.  It was originally built in the mid 1970's and hosted nearly a million overnight guests before it was demolished in 2005.  

We looked at purchasing a unit at Expedition Station which was built in it's place, but the studios just didn't suit the way our family wanted to use a place at Snowshoe and the two bedroom ones were a bit out of our price range.  What was interesting was that according to the article, all 100 units sold out in less than four hours in early March of 2005 -- for what I can only guess were double or more what they are selling for now.  It's a very nice place, but we're pretty glad we bought where we did at Mountain Lodge.  The common areas and the pride many of the owners take in theri units is pretty cool.  We also have one of the most financially sound and well managed homeowners association that wil keep the buiding in good shapre over the long term.  We know it's not the fanciest place on the hill, but we argue that it's probably one of the most comfortable!

Source:  DCSki.com and Snowshoe Mountain Resort Facebook

 

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