But, it does take a lot to open Cupp. Before the new Western Express high-speed quad went in, there was a midway unloading station with the old lift, so Snowshoe could open just the top half. Now, it's everything or nothing.
I'm heading up to my place at Timberline in a couple of hours, but I don't have Internet up there so I won't be able to report on that resort's snowmaking progress until I return. I called Timberline yesterday as well and the person I spoke to said they are taking things day to day. In short, they could pull a rabbit out of the hat and open earlier than the 27th. Timberline can put a lot of snow on the mountain if this cold weather continues. Their web site is still promising to open ASAP as of 0600 on 21 December.
I hope to ski Snowshoe on Saturday and maybe Sunday or Monday as well. I really wanted to go to Killington this weekend but the wife vetoed the idea, arguing that the limited skiing and hords of New Yorkers and New Englanders will make it a nightmare. The Intrawest people noted that Christmas is a HUGE period for the New England resorts but not as big here in the Mid-Atlantic. If Killington is booked close to 100 percent and only has 15 percent of its terrain open, that could be recipe for lots of waiting as reward for a ten hour drive. On the other hand, 50 trails is 50 trails.
Mitch, I've never been to Windham but I here it is less crowded that Hunter--less steep too. If you have a Whitetail season pass, coupons, or a frequency card, bring it--Windham is owned by the same company and they tend to honor Whitetail discounts when the tail is closed.
We will open Saturday, December 22 with limited terrain and go from there. Looking at the weather, there will be additional trails open by the time you get here. (Dec 27th) Yes we are concentrating on Beginner and Intermediate at both Snowshoe and Silver Creek. Plus the Aqua Center opens December 22, that will be fun for the children. Now for the number of trails to be open, well if you can tell me for sure what the weather is going to do, maybe I would have a better guess.
We are hoping for 45 - 55 percent open by January 1, weather permitting of course. Thanks for your continued support.
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Thanks for the email. When we open on the 22nd, we anticipate having 7 trails open (2 runs from top to bottom). If the weather holds up like we anticipate it doing, we will probably have 6 or 7 (if not more) top to bottom trails open. It's not great, but it's pretty good given the recent weather. So, with that said, I think the skiing will be pretty decent during your stay.