What is the real vert of Snowshoe's Main Basin?
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December 27, 2003
Member since 11/20/2003 🔗
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Anybody know? I looked at a topo map based on the ski lifts but it seemed less than it should be.
December 27, 2003
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
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Snowshoe in a way "cons" you on the vertical. Cupp and Shay's are a good 1500 feet. That is correct... but the rest of the resort is not.

The basin side is around 1000 or so I think, and Silver Creek is much less.

December 27, 2003
Member since 09/27/2002 🔗
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We are going out to SS again Jan 8. I'll take our little Garmin Vista we use for biking and track the altitude on the Basin side, Western Territories and Silver Creek. That should give a fairly accurate answer to the actual verts.
December 28, 2003
Member since 11/22/2003 🔗
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If you look at Showshoe's web site they tell you that the cup side is 1500 vert. and the basin side is only 800 vert.
December 28, 2003
85% of basin is 700 vert 15% is 750 WORD!
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
December 29, 2003
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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1. The industry standard is to report the highest lift served vertical and use that as their number. Hence, Snowshoe reports 1,500--the vertical of the Western Territory. If you look at the vertical rise of most trails in VT, most only cover a little more than 1,000 feet of vertical. Only a handful of mountains like Stowe have multiple trails covering over 2,000 feet of vert. In any event, it's not just about vert., skiable acreage, snowmaking capacity, and uphill transportation are just as important if not more.
2. Skidder trail or top of Ballhooter trail is at 4800 feet and Shavers
Lake is at 4000 feet, hence 800 vertical.
3. Silver Creek is about 650 vertical.

[This message has been edited by johnfmh (edited 12-29-2003).]

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