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Resort: Snowshoe, West Virginia,
Country: USA
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Author: Roger C

Date: 26 to 29th March 2006
Our holiday: My wife and I flew into Baltimore to spend a week with friends in the USA. Luckily they have been getting into snowboarding this winter so we decided to take our skis over and head for the closest/best skiing we could find. It really is late in the season for skiing the mid Atlantic/East Coast area of the USA so choices were limited and local site www.dcski.com had recommended Snowshoe
Website : www.snowshoemtn.com
Basics : In deepest darkest West Virginia, took up about 6hrs driving from Washington DC including stops. We were in our friends' monster 4wd thing so regular fuel stops were the order of the day! Driving up into the resort we spotted 2 deer and one wildcat.
Lift system : About 10 lifts, all chairs, some fast. Ski area includes smaller Silver Creek area which was closed for season.
The terrain : Only resort I have ever been to where the village is at the top and you get the lifts back up to your accomodation. Runs generally easy and fairly short but there were a couple of black runs over in the "western territory" that were around 1.5 miles long but they would be red at most in France. Most runs overlooked frozen lake at the bottom
The snow : Snowed the night we arrived then got exceptionally hot during first day so melted and got v slushy. Then snowed loads so was some powder on day 2 then slushy again by lunchtime on day 3.
Off-piste : None as far as i could see. Everywhere covered in dense trees apart from the pistes
The resort : Great location and panoramic view. Took about 1 minute to be on piste after leaving our 4th floor "condo". Heated outdoor hot tubs etc. I think the whole place is owned by Intrawest and probably explains why the restaurants didnt really have any atmosphere. Looked like all the familes there were enjoying it mind....
Food : all pretty similar!
Accommodation : Stayed in Highland House. 2 bed condo to suit 4-6 and there were 4 of us. Best self catering i've ever stayed in! Very well fitted out and large as you'd expect in USA. Units seemed to be privately owned and individual.
Costs: As it was end of season lift passes included foc with lodging. Think it was about £65 pppn.
Conclusion: Great fun. Not the place to visit specifically from the UK but if you are ever in the Washington DC area and have a couple of days to spare i'd recommend the trip. Some pics in my gallery http://www.snowmediazone.com/the_zone/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/530

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