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    Snowshoe Trip - Sept 27-30 - from Kanukistan

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    We have been looking at a road-trip from SW Ontario into the US for some lift serviced DH fun. Originally we were looking at MtnCreek/Diablo but that has been changed and now we are heading to Snowshoe.


    Have everything lined up as far as rooms etc.

    So, anybody know anything about the village - where to eat etc?

    And the trails, any must-rides and anything to stay away from?
    Looking for a few tips...

    Riders are Intermediate to Advanced, Bikes are 170mm AM/FR to full on DH. Looking for some flow/jump stuff as well as some natural style. Some like steep and loose, others a bit less so.
    What about woodwork? Ive seen the D-Black, anything a little mellower?

    Have checked out some vids, but you can only get so much from most of them.

    Will have 6 riders I think...951, Furax, Demo, Delirium, Aurum and ??. If ya see us, don't be shy and say Hi!

    Thanks all

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    Old Spruce Cafe in the Vilage has the best food IMO. The pizza place is good too but on the $$$ side. You might want to stop by a grocery store on the way down to get some food of your own to have.

    Old Spruce offers higher quality soup and sandwiches. The other places in the Village have greasy offerings.

    Check out Fiddlehead (sp) at the bottom of the mountain for music and food.

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    Foxfire is a safe bet. The Junction is hit or miss (if it's open). Cheat Mountain pizza is good, but grossly overpriced. Old Spruce has a bit more upscale food offerings in a casual atmosphere.

    You can experience it all there riding-wise - technical, wood, and fast/flowy. Shorter runs on the Basin side, longer runs on the Western Territory. I tend to stay away from A and B (both double blacks) on the Basin side, as I've been injured on both, but my buddies ride it. Probably the steepest stuff on the mountain. Ninja Bob and Powerline on the Western side tend to be favorites for a lot of people.

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    colors should be happening

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    Thanks guys - much appreciated.

    Looks like we are heading out about noon next Thursday. Keeping fingers crossed for good weather.

    Starting to get the butterflies - CAN'T WAIT!!!

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    I'll be there the same weekend. Yeah, keep your fingers crossed. The weather is REALLY unpredictable at Snowshoe.

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    How much rain before they close the hill to riding?
    Do they still run if its just a drizzle?

    Need to think about wet-weather clothes.

    Hey BB - whatcho ride, will keep an eye out for ya.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel View Post
    How much rain before they close the hill to riding?
    Do they still run if its just a drizzle?
    Never heard of them closing b/c of rain, but they'll clear and stop the lift if there's thunder or lightning in the area. Once the T/L clears +30 min they start the lift again. They do have a shuttle bus to get riders back up to the top while the lift is closed, but I don't know how often it runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel View Post
    How much rain before they close the hill to riding?
    Do they still run if its just a drizzle?

    Hey BB - whatcho ride, will keep an eye out for ya.

    michael
    eedavis is right, they don't shut down for rain, but they will shut down for thunder. They don't open up until 30 mins after the last thunderclap. Bring warm clothes, it gets cold on the mountain this time of year. We were there at the end of Sept last year and it snowed overnight.

    I ride a black Santa Cruz V10c.

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    Ok guys - big question time.

    It looks like it has been wet for a few days, and looking like it is going to continue to be wet.

    What is the park like to ride in the wet / rain? Is it worth the 10-12 hour drive?
    We are planning on leaving tomorrow at noon, so we can ride Friday - Sunday.

    There has been talk of finding an alternate destination - although we are all stoked on SS.

    What say you ??

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    damn I wish I could go to Snowshoe...but no one I know wants to go.

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    Back and still alive.

    Had an absolute blast - this place rocks.
    Ended up staying at Leatherback condos at the resort.
    Mostly ate in, but did one night out...
    Dinner at Old Spruce and then next door for beers.

    Loved the trails, a little bit of everything from gnar tech to flowy, bermy jumpy fun.
    Weather was good.
    Friday morning was pretty good - misty with drizzle, but not bad, afternoon was rain, so we drank beer instead.
    Saturday was perfect - sun and light breeze. Trails were money.
    Sunday we made the tough decision not to ride. We were all feeling it and figured we would get 3 runs in turn into Gumby and end up wrapped around a tree or some such.... So we reluctantly packed up and headed out on the 11 hour drive back home.

    Thanks again all for the tips.
    We will be back.

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    Not sure what route you guys took to get to Snowshoe from Canada, but next time (since you are driving 11 hours) you guys can make it into a longer trip by hitting up 7 Springs and Timberline too. 3 parks in 1 trip.

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