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!
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”.
The video starts playing when the footage hits Snowshoe. Check out the great Cass footage before too! From youtube user John Rogers
Snowshoe has released their winter schedule of events. Make sure to get your reservations now in order to make sure that you will be at the best location on the mountain for all the fun! (note that the Schedule Is Subject To Change)
NOVEMBER 25TH | OPENING DAY
Welcome to the 2015.2016 ski season! It is time again for first tracks, rope drop, powder stashes and an entire season of fun. Help us celebrate the return of winter and kick off another great season.
DECEMBER 5TH – 6TH | DEMO DAYS
The biggest names in the business will be at the mountain all weekend long letting you test drive the latest gear. Open to the public.
DECEMBER 12TH | EARLY SEASON RAIL JAM: Presented by Mountaineer Parks
Come check out skiers and riders as they knock the early season rust off in this freestyle competition with cash up for grabs.
DECEMBER 18TH | BEATS ON THE BASIN: Tom Batchelor Band
Our Beats On The Basin series gets kicked off with roots, rock, and reggae from the Tom Batchelor Band.
DECEMBER 19TH | WINTER BREWFEST
Sample over 50 beers ranging from local favorites to nationally recognized award winners. Live music from Fletchers Grove. Must be 21 or older to participate.
DECEMBER 21ST – JANUARY 3RD | HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
The mountain is a holiday wonderland. Join us for holiday crafts and meet Santa & Friends on the slopes!
DECEMBER 31ST | NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
There is a party for every age and style. Bring in the New Year the way you want, whether it’s with a romantic dinner, fun for the whole family, or dancing the night away.
With biking and the whole summer season opening up May 22nd -- I thought I'd pull up one of our videos from last year to show what great fun it is biking at Snowshoe. This trail is called "Easy Street" and it heads down the basin side of the resort. It's a "green" trail, which means that it is one of the easier ones on the mountain. The bike trails are marked just like the ski trails -- green, blue, black, and double black. Now the green trails are not just a flat trail around the village, they are still real downhill biking single track that will require you to have some basic safety equipment, a good full suspension bike (Snowshoe rents bikes too -- unless you have a downhill bike -- I'd recommend renting to get the full experience), and then just let gravity take over! Easy Street is a great warm up trail or one that the entire family can loop all day long!
The adventure journal has pulled together data from every ski area in the US to list the most expensive (and a complete list) daily lift ticket rates. These are the window rates, so often deals can be found, but $145/day is crazy! Don't forget that today is the last day to get your Ridiculous Pass at Snowshoe -- $229 for unlimited skiing March 2015-April 2016!
The 20 Most Expensive Lift Tickets In America
$145 -- Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado and Vail, Colorado
$140 -- Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado and Keystone Resort, Colorado
$138 -- Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado
$129 -- Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado and Winter Park Resort, Colorado
$129 -- Aspen Highlands/Aspen Mountain/Snowmass/Buttermilk, Colorado
$120 -- Northstar at Tahoe, California
$119 -- Alpine Meadows, California and Squaw Valley, California
$115 -- Heavenly Ski Resort, California and Jackson Hole, Wyoming
$114 -- Deer Valley, Utah
$112 -- The Canyons, Utah, Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, and Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
If you haven't purchased your 2015-16 Ridiculous Pass yet -- get on it! There are only a few days left and you want this pass! If you've bought your pass already or are looking to play hooky from work early next week or the first week in March -- we've got an opening in our schedule that we'd love you to take advantage of! In the meantime check out this great hyperlapse video from the village that was recorded this January -- by YouTube user Sean Comber
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