Parking on the mountain has virtually disappeared as new buildings go up. Good luck to day skiers this year trying to park!
InterWest has solicited comments from owners on how the resort could be improved. I sent a response regarding overcrowding on the slopes and unsafe (crossing) conditions. I urged them to be as aggressive in planning new terrain as they are in putting up new condos . . . no response!!
I spend lots of time at Snowshoe (winter and summer) and am connected as part of the Snowshoe community. My prediction is a "Downhill Slide" (see review by John Sherwood) for Snowshoe unless priorities change. Snowshoe's "core" is skiing, plain- and-simple. It's not golf, bluegrass festivals, wine tasting or jazz concerts: it's skiing!! Obviously, InterWest has other ideas. Any comments John Sherwood?
As I said in the book review, I don't think the
situation described in _Downhill Slide_ applies to
I also think that Intrawest is doing a fabulous job of
giving skiers exactly what they want: high speed
lifts, lots of vertical, the best snowmaking in the
world, and mountain services galore. Do you realize
that a lift like Western Express or Ball Hooter costs
between $2-4 million to build and $250,000 a year to
operate? Also, think about the money Snowshoe spends
on snowmaking. It is one of the few resorts in the
region, if not the world, that offers 100 percent
snowmaking. Presently, Snowshoe has the best skiing
in the Mid-Atlantic with 20 trails open and packed
powder conditions. I'm very envious of anyone lucky
enough to own a condo there. We should all be singing
praises to Snowshoe for providing us with a
world-class resort right in our own backyard.
As for the parking issue, I visited Snowshoe for a day
on the MLK weekend last year and did not have a
problem finding a spot. In any event, parking for day
trippers is sort of a moot issue. Typically, 92
percent of our skiers stay on the mountain, and only
5-8 percent can be defined as day trippers. Also,
Snowshoe has improved its shuttle system so should be
much easier for guests to get around the mountain this
year without their cars.
[This message has been edited by johnfmh (edited 12-03-2002).]
Good job using previous knowledge (hint hint: my t-line thread).
You obviously have not been paying any attention to what is happening at Snowshoe. Over the next four years the ski terrian will be increased by 80 arces. There are also four new metro buses in the shuttle service to move people to all points at the resort. Parking, parking for day skiers will be at Top of the World for Snowshoe where there is a lot that will hold approx. 2000 vehicles. From your car it will be a 100 yards walk (max) to lift tickets, dining, and skiing to all of the slopes at the resort. My guess is that you are a "old" homeowner that hates any kind of change and would still be sour even if your property increased in value by one hundred times. As with any change there are will be growing pains in the evolution of a resort. I would be willing to wager that in five years, even you Marty, will be impressed with Snowshoe. Simle, it's not so bad.