Snowshoe is expanding!http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-SPECIES/2005/September/Day-07/e17672.htm
But, it is unclear of those mentioned 43 acres, how much will be ski terrain.
Take note of the latest SKI mag...
Page 251 Sawmill Village
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This small residential area will be located directly downhill from the new Soaring Eagle Lodge!
I walked the area one weekend when no work was going on.
This area is at least 5 acres.
Another concern is the mention of a vehicle storage area...
I can tell you that right now there is large "dumping ground" of trailers and other rarely used machinery near the very top of Snowshoe Mountain. (a short walk from Top of the World / see "Thorny" on topozone)
However, there is a new rough road cut out and just below this mentioned area. (4800' line approx.)
It has a large burm separating the "dumping ground" and the woods to the downhill.
This could be an indication of expansion out and past Top of the World with a small pocket of residential in the middle.
I should also briefly mention that the advertised 4848' summit elevation is located here as well, and Widowmaker lift currently comes in near 4800' (even Snowcrest is higher!) But, the top of Silver Creek, which is an unnamed mountain, comes in at 4848' as well.http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=17&...amp;layer=DRG25
Snowshoe messed up further when they put out their 2005 Summer Hiking and Resort Map!
They sited the top elevation as 4839'. Could be typo, but it's till funny. The new roads for the subdivision of Sawmill Village and the new rough road show up on this map. (sorry, I cannot post this map; find it!)
Snowshoe plans on adding a large public parking area/garage near Wildcat Provisions.
I have no details on this only to know that there will be better parking here!
On the same note, I was interested to see, earlier this week, bulldozers completely removing the Outpost Adventure Park. I cannot speculate why.
Another area of much interest is the recent announcement of the new terrain park features going in this season all over the mountain. A link can be found under the media kit below that describes some about the features.
Here's a link you might like!http://www.playground.com/en/news/press_fiscal_2005_07_06.asp
Here's another good link...http://www.snowshoemtn.com/media/media_kit/Winter06/index.htm
In conclusion, there will not be much in the way of "new terrain" at Snowshoe this year, but 2006/2007 promises to a big year.
I'll keep you updated on construction, clearing, and other points.