Trip to Snowshoe, Christmas week or February
Decided on a mid week trip to Snowshoe instead of our normal Wintergreen trip. Considering the week before Christmas, Friday December 19th through Wednesday/Thursday based on Holiday lodgeing rates etc. Or considering our normal ski dates of the second week in February, 8th through the 13th.
We normally ski the second week in February so that we miss the holiday weekends, less crowds and better pricing. Have not been to Snowshoe in many, many moons so I'm looking for advice.
If we go the week before/of Christmas, the kids won't miss any school. We were'nt really concerned about this when they were younger but now we have an 8th grader and a freshman in HS so missing 4-5 days may become a big deal and harder to keep/catch up.
Are we risking snow conditions by considering the week in December? Will crowds/prices be excessive?
Thanks for any advice you may have..
Missing school days is a big thing in my family too. Do you have any other odd school days off? January teachers meetings? Even a break in March might work at Snowshoe and offer better snow then Dec. This year due to the economy you might be able to play XMAS last minute and do it if conditions look exceptionally good, the week just leading up to 25th is usually pretty light anyway. Otherwise, if I can convince my wife to pull kids out I go for mid season to catch best chance of good snow.
Thanks for the idea JimK. Found the last week in January has a teachers workday on Monday. Hopefully not the entire states of Virginia and West Virginia have the same day off. We're Snowshoe bound!!! Kids are psyched and I have to say that I'm a little excited myself. We've been skiing Wintergreen for 20+ years and a change will be nice.
Snowshoe has lots of natural snow this year (44 inches in last 10 days), so I think you'll be pretty safe with the Dec. dates. Also, the week you're considering shouldn't be too bad with respect to crowds, because most people will wait til the last week in Dec. to go since they're off school.
If you need lift tickets, please check out my ebay site for the Season Passes for only $360. If you buy lift tickets at Snowshoe, they're $75 a day plus tax.
wintergreen for 20 years? you are ready for a change.
btw - the pagamony family will be there in force dec 20-23. This is causing much internal conflict since I normally shun the shoe as a big corporate expensive nanny, but those days seemed to work out this year and we have some friends going as well.
So, I'll need some slope therapy to deal with it. If anyone else is going to be there, send me a PM and let's hook up for a few runs. Cheers all.
Finally - why did you name yourself after a microsquish api ?