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23 days ago

Opening & Closing dates have been anounced (weather permitting of course):

Basin/Western: November 25th - March 28th

Silver Creek: December 18th - March 14th (Last Day for Night Skiing is March 13th)

23 days ago

LOL   Aren’t those the exact same dates they have “announced” for the past 20 years?!?!? Sadly, I remember, they would close early, NOT because of conditions…but because of NO business! End-of-Season is all PassHolders, no more income there. Seems, people coming from the South, while cutting their grass & playing golf, have lost interest.

21 days ago

Come on snowbuck, he is just trying to start some STOKE! Maybe this will be the season we look back at as our best-ever despite covid.  Go with it man!

21 days ago

Here’s some stoke.  More progress on Snowshoe Mtn Lodge.  The ugly girl looking better every day.

18 days ago

She’s looking great BD!  I hear this summer’s mountain biking numbers are record setting. I can see why judging from the turnout over the holiday weekend.  Fortunately there are lots of back-country options available to avoid lines, etc.  Friends took advantage of hiking and beech/lake activities too.  Old Spruce Brewery put up a disc-golf course!

I noticed areas where new snowmaking lines were installed.

12 days ago

Snowshoe / Alterra announces lift ticket plans -  Full Report

Snowshoe 20/21 FAQ

 

10 days ago

Latest FAQ regarding operating changes due to COVID

Will I be able to walk up and buy a lift ticket?

With firm capacity limits in place, walk-up access is not guaranteed. We strongly encourage guests to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

If I’ve already reserved my lodging and due to reduced capacity I’m unable to ski/ride, will I get a refund for my lodging?

We strongly encourage advance purchases on all products, including lift tickets, to ensure your access to the resort. We will not be offering refunds on lodging due to capacity limitations.

Do I need a reservation to ski/ride at Snowshoe?

At this time, Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass, Snowshoe Unlimited Pass, and Early Season Pass holders will not need reservations to ski and ride during the 2020/21 winter season at Snowshoe. Guests who advance purchase a package (including lift tickets/passes and lodging, etc.) are guaranteed mountain access for the dates of their booking.

What are holiday and peak periods?
• Christmas: December 26th – January 2nd
• MLK: January 15th – 17th
• Presidents: February 12th – 14th

• Peak: Friday – Sunday, December 18th – March 13th

Can I buy a ticket on the day I want to ski?

To ensure access to the mountain we strongly suggest purchasing a pass (either Ikon or Snowshoe specific). At this time, we anticipate limited availability of walk-up tickets during the winter season. Some single day lift tickets may be available for day of purchase based on last minute availability.

Can I buy a single day lift ticket in advance?

We will be offering online, advance single and multi-day lift tickets in advance. These will be available in the coming weeks. Guests are encouraged to purchase in advance to guarantee mountain access.

Do I need a reservation for equipment rentals?

We will be offering online, advance rentals and highly encourage guests to purchase in advance. This will reduce your transaction and interaction time as well as save you money and guarantee your rental.

How will lines follow physical distancing requirements?

Physically distancing naturally occurs from tip to tail when wearing ski and snowboards. Guests will also notice additional spacing measures, including extended maze designs and more lateral spacing to create a consistent flow of appropriately spaced traffic. In addition, markings and staff members will help create appropriate social distancing when necessary.

Will I have to ride the lift with people I don’t know?

Guests will self-group and load chairlifts with their traveling party. Lift attendants will work to put traveling parties together on lifts, but unaffiliated skiers/riders may be loaded on the same chair. In these situations, chairlift capacity will be limited to provide additional spacing between seats. Guests who are not comfortable riding with others will not be forced to, but may have to wait additional time for lift access.

Am I required to wear a face mask at the resort?

Yes, face masks are required indoors by the state of West Virginia. You should expect to wear a face covering when in common gathering places like the base area, lift lines, bathrooms, ski school lessons, entering restaurants, etc. You do not need to wear a face mask while dining at your table.

Can I go into any lodge to eat at any time?

Lodges will be monitored by hosts to maintain appropriate indoor capacity. If lodges are at our decided maximum capacity, you may not be able to enter at that time. We are expanding our outdoor dining options to accommodate more skiers and riders. We appreciate your understanding and support as we follow local and state regulations.

How do I order food at the restaurants?

We are working on a contactless system and will follow up with details closer to the season.

Do I need reservations to eat at the restaurants?

10 Prime, our new upscale steakhouse in Soaring Eagle Lodge will require reservations. At this time, we are not requiring reservations at other locations.

Are any restaurants NOT opening this winter?

No, currently we plan to operate all restaurants this winter and will be introducing expanded delivery and pick-up service at Shavers Center. They will be following state and local guidance on capacity and sanitization.

Will ski & snowboard lessons be limited?

Yes, there will be reduced capacity for lessons this season and modifications to operations to ensure distancing. We will discontinue Mommy & Me and Kids Night Out offerings for the season.

Will stores at the mountain be open for shopping? Yes, currently stores at the mountain will be open for shopping. They will be following state and local guidance on capacity and sanitization.

Besides skiing, what activities are available on the mountain this season?

Many activities remain the same, while other may have altered operations or not be available this winter. For a complete list of winter activities please visit https://www.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/activities

What precautions are you taking to reduce Health and Safety risks?

In addition to capacity management, we will be continuing to require facial coverings indoors and while loading chairlifts, socially distancing, practicing healthy hand washing/sanitizing, increased cleaning efforts at all high-touch points, etc. These practices will remain a priority for Snowshoe staff and guests to minimize the spread of COVID.

If I am sick and can’t travel, how do I cancel my reservations?

If you are experiencing COVID symptoms or have tested positive for the virus please do not come to the resort. Please call Snowshoe Central Reservations at 877-441-4386 for assistance with changing your plans.

How can I avoid lots of people on the mountain if I’m worried about crowds?

We always recommend mid-week travel/skiing if you’re able. With more people having flexibility in their schedules due to working remotely, this may be a new option for you this year. Mid-week tends to be less crowded than weekend and we do not expect to have as many capacity issues during weekdays.

Where can I get more information and details?

We have created a website specifically to answer questions about mountain operations and changes due to COVID. Please visit snowshoemtn.com/covid for the most up-to-date information. Also, feel free to call Snowshoe Central Reservations at 877-441-4386 any time you have questions.

 

9 days ago

Bonzski wrote:

She’s looking great BD!  I hear this summer’s mountain biking numbers are record setting. I can see why judging from the turnout over the holiday weekend.  Fortunately there are lots of back-country options available to avoid lines, etc.  Friends took advantage of hiking and beech/lake activities too.  Old Spruce Brewery put up a disc-golf course!

I noticed areas where new snowmaking lines were installed.

My son and I went mtn biking on July 4th weekend there, and Snowshoe had advertised that there was going to be ‘limited capacity’ so we bought our lift tix early. When we got there, the lines were about three times as long as we had ever seen them in previous years. We decided ‘limited capacity’ meant limited to as many tickets as they could sell.

I can’t imagine how far up the trail the Ball Hooter lift line will be if they aren’t going to fully load each chair and are also spacing out the line some.

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9 days ago

eggraid wrote:

My son and I went mtn biking on July 4th weekend there, and Snowshoe had advertised that there was going to be ‘limited capacity’ so we bought our lift tix early. When we got there, the lines were about three times as long as we had ever seen them in previous years. We decided ‘limited capacity’ meant limited to as many tickets as they could sell.

I can’t imagine how far up the trail the Ball Hooter lift line will be if they aren’t going to fully load each chair and are also spacing out the line some.

Was the wait about the same as previous summers?

I saw pictures of lift lines on weekends for Perisher.  The lines were long.  But apparently the actual wait times were generally under 15 min, which was less than usual for a weekend.  Australian ski resorts are more like large resorts in the northeast or the mid-Atlantic than the Rockies.  Very dependent on manmade snow and lots of people driving in for a ski weekend or ski week.

8 days ago

marzNC wrote:

eggraid wrote:

My son and I went mtn biking on July 4th weekend there, and Snowshoe had advertised that there was going to be ‘limited capacity’ so we bought our lift tix early. When we got there, the lines were about three times as long as we had ever seen them in previous years. We decided ‘limited capacity’ meant limited to as many tickets as they could sell.

I can’t imagine how far up the trail the Ball Hooter lift line will be if they aren’t going to fully load each chair and are also spacing out the line some.

Was the wait about the same as previous summers?

I saw pictures of lift lines on weekends for Perisher.  The lines were long.  But apparently the actual wait times were generally under 15 min, which was less than usual for a weekend.  Australian ski resorts are more like large resorts in the northeast or the mid-Atlantic than the Rockies.  Very dependent on manmade snow and lots of people driving in for a ski weekend or ski week.

I think the answer is somewhere in the middle…lines are longer due to spacing & corral setup, wait is a little longer due to increased traffic & loading practices.  Race weekends increase traffic also.  Fortunately there are lots of back-country options to avoid lines completely, and they’ve opened new trails (Dirt Beaver & P).

2 days ago

marzNC wrote:

eggraid wrote:

My son and I went mtn biking on July 4th weekend there, and Snowshoe had advertised that there was going to be ‘limited capacity’ so we bought our lift tix early. When we got there, the lines were about three times as long as we had ever seen them in previous years. We decided ‘limited capacity’ meant limited to as many tickets as they could sell.

I can’t imagine how far up the trail the Ball Hooter lift line will be if they aren’t going to fully load each chair and are also spacing out the line some.

Was the wait about the same as previous summers?

I saw pictures of lift lines on weekends for Perisher.  The lines were long.  But apparently the actual wait times were generally under 15 min, which was less than usual for a weekend.  Australian ski resorts are more like large resorts in the northeast or the mid-Atlantic than the Rockies.  Very dependent on manmade snow and lots of people driving in for a ski weekend or ski week.

They were longer for sure; it wasn’t just social distances, there were more people. It was about 45 mins per lap. It takes longer for the same number of bikes to ride the lift because every third chair is designed to take up a bike, with a max of 3 bikes, and every third chair also takes up non-bikers. So in the time 12 skiers go up, only 3 bikers do. On Ballhooter and Western territory lifts anyway.

yesterday

eggraid wrote:

marzNC wrote:

eggraid wrote:

My son and I went mtn biking on July 4th weekend there, and Snowshoe had advertised that there was going to be ‘limited capacity’ so we bought our lift tix early. When we got there, the lines were about three times as long as we had ever seen them in previous years. We decided ‘limited capacity’ meant limited to as many tickets as they could sell.

I can’t imagine how far up the trail the Ball Hooter lift line will be if they aren’t going to fully load each chair and are also spacing out the line some.

Was the wait about the same as previous summers?

I saw pictures of lift lines on weekends for Perisher.  The lines were long.  But apparently the actual wait times were generally under 15 min, which was less than usual for a weekend.  Australian ski resorts are more like large resorts in the northeast or the mid-Atlantic than the Rockies.  Very dependent on manmade snow and lots of people driving in for a ski weekend or ski week.

They were longer for sure; it wasn’t just social distances, there were more people. It was about 45 mins per lap. It takes longer for the same number of bikes to ride the lift because every third chair is designed to take up a bike, with a max of 3 bikes, and every third chair also takes up non-bikers. So in the time 12 skiers go up, only 3 bikers do. On Ballhooter and Western territory lifts anyway.

Yeah, loading bikes every 3rd chair has always been the method.  Only chair loading change for COVID is if a single joins another party (party must approve) is they don’t share a chair so it goes 1st chair:bikes, 2nd chair:party, 3rd chair:single.  Yes, longer than last summer buy not sure what more can be done.

Hopefully the impact to waits this winter will be offset enough by the cap on tickets sales during peak days.

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