Yeah--we knew that...but isn't it usually only two weeks or so prior to Snowshoe (proper)? This is three weeks...and just as the weather gets colder too. I can't communicate how disappointed I am. We've been bringing at least our family to Snowshoe for the past four years; first we stayed at Summit, then we stayed at a house on North Westridge, and decided that was the way to go!
For the past two years we've booked a larger house on Westridge--this will be the FIRST year that the second week of "Almost Heaven" won't include Silvercreek. (We're booked for the week of the 19th)
It's not Ball Hooter, or Cup Run that brings us back, or keeps us enthusiastically inviting OTHER families w/kids--it's Cubb Run, Knife Blade, Greenhorn and Timberjack. Sigh....the way I feel right now, next year I might just book Timberline in January (for less money than we're paying for Snowshoe in March) and enjoy the heck outta Salamander.
What upsets me MOST is EVERYONE up there KNEW this. We book through ReMax (who controls the house we like) Snowshoe told us that THEY should have told us--and boy should they...it's not like we didn't mention how much we were looking forward to Silvercreek and introducing our three year old to Cubb Run etc etc etc. Next to that, Skidder's just....well pathetic doesn't begin to cover it. I am NOT looking forward to taking her down Snowshoe's narrower trails either. I WANT CUBB RUN! (cries the disappointed soul)
I'm also bitterly disappointed in their advertising. We get e-mails not infrequently from Snowshoe--and in NONE of them was Silvercreek's closing date mentioned. It's ONLY because I "Lurk" here almost every day that I found out. (Long after they've got our money, unfortunately) All this "extended season" crap ticks me off. I don't like "spin", and the season's been scheduled to end on April 8th since back in October or November--I knew they were closing before my kids got out of school for Spring Break all season....we booked as early into "Almost Heaven" as we COULD and still, we're missing out on half the skiing--and the better half in our opinion too. (I know most the people on here are either WAAAY experienced type II's or Enthusiastic type III's, but we're a family of cautious type II's with two young children (and two teens, who aspire to become type III's) and we're hosting a family of total beginners, and another family of semi-beginners....and it's SILVERCREEK that we've been enthusiastically telling them about...it's Silvercreek that we've got hours of video of...oh I just feel crushed.