Visitor reviews for Snowshoe Mountain Resort Ski Resort

Snowshoe Mountain Resort Ratings

Overall: 3.7. Based on 5 votes and 5 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.5

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Snowshoe Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.5

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Snowshoe Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.8

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 2.5

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Public Transport: 2.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.2

(1) No places to stay in/near Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.2

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.6

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.3

(1) There are no child care facilities at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.0

(1) Snowshoe Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Snowshoe Mountain Resort are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.2

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Snowshoe Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.2

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 5.0

(1) Snowshoe Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.8

(1) The staff at Snowshoe Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Snowshoe Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.2

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.0

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.6

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.5

(1) No intermediate terrain at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.8

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.5

(1) Not even a kicker at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 1.8

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Snowshoe Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Snowshoe Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.8

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.5

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.0

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.8

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.0

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.4

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.8

(1) Overall, Snowshoe Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.0

(1) Overall, Snowshoe Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

Show all 35 ratings

April 30, 2023
rergi from Ski United States United States
It is a good mountain comparing it to surrounding mountains but is falling behind. No new lifts in what seems to be decades. Ballhooter lift is in major need of an upgrade, as just about everything ends there. Ballhooter lift breaks down frequently and needs to be much more than a 4 person. Lift staff are very nice though. Eating options are great, from cheat mountain to even a Starbucks, anyone could find something to eat here. Along with this, the resort is struggling with snow. It is doing better than regional resorts, of course. But, it had an average of 160 inches of snow a year, and only got 30 this year, and 90 last year. And snow-making has not always been able to keep up. Glades are amazing when open. Take Knot Bumper glades for example. Steep at the top, flowy in the bottom, with some jumps mixed in. And you can find powder stashes weeks after a storm in any of the glades, marked and unmarked.
April 11, 2022
DK from Ski United States United States
I was phoned by someone on staff at Snowshoe Resort when I first got into the Pedestal House. They told me the couch in the living room was broken and couldn’t be replaced before the end of my stay. She said she’d be refunding me $250. I contacted management (they replied only to confirm my $250 refund went through then subsequently ignored me) regarding the list of additional issues below. It was really disappointing and now even more so that I’m being ignored. I will never go back. This resort used to be “four star quality” and classy. Now it’s clearly just your typical overpriced motel-type service with zero customer service. Below are the issues I had. Don’t waste thousands of dollars and 30 hours driving round-trip like I did. (photos available of the below items upon request) - broken couch in living room - $250 refund promised, received - other small loveseat in living room dirty and worn, not useable (the above two items left one single chair to use in the living room of a full cabin for the duration of the stay…one chair for a cabin that sleeps 6-8 people) - fireplace knob hanging out of the wall upside down by one wire while the other wire was sticking out exposed (I called the customer service number at the mountain right away and was told to use the timer knob…that was hanging out of the wall - with electrical wires exposed - and not connected to the timer knob!!. I gave up explaining after the second try.) - fireplace wouldn’t work at all without taking off the maintenance access plate and using the manual operation switch (had to secure the timer knob exposed wires so as to prevent shock and fire hazard) - kitchen rug tried to kill me several times since in front of the fridge it slides on the floor like ice and none of the rugs had anti-slip mats underneath - being that they’re immediately next to the stone counter-top, they’re asking for a wrongful death suit - really strange / creepy set up with a piece of carpet “blocking” access to the basement or vice versa, blocking someone’s access to me above - freezing cold air coming through and without access to the basement, serious security concern (a literal piece of carpet will not keep an intruder out - how do you people think this is acceptable in a $3k cabin at a ski resort?!?!) - one tiny parking spot for a full cabin with solid ice down the 45 degree hill to the house gangway (no other access to cabin) - living room floor gross/sticky in front of sliding doors two full feet across - cabin was clearly not cleaned - dirt / trash on carpet just under edge of bed in master - again, clearly not cleaned or eve vacuumed - foam perimeter seals on living room windows falling / hanging out in foot-long pieces - kitchen and entryway floors very uneven to the point that I went underneath the house and inspected the foundation and pylons as a risk engineer out of safety concern. The entryway slopes down towards the gangway, and the kitchen floor slopes two other different directions, one side goes down toward the fridge on that side of the kitchen island and slopes down the other direction on the other side of the island (picture a gable roof with the kitchen island being the peak). While one, maybe two of these things would pass for ok, I do not feel I got what I paid for considering them all. I requested consideration for increasing the refund amount and was ignored even after I followed up twice. I have always loved the resort, this being the first time I chose a cabin over one of the lodges, but I was sadly disappointed with the experience. What a complete waste of a huge amount of money and huge amount of time. Don’t waste your valuable money and time like I did and then get ignored when you ask for help. (note from editor: names not included in reviews.)
March 02, 2022
Alex Lee from Ski United States United States
I have been skiing here since I was just 2 years old. Its seasons tend to go in patterns. It goes from great season to bad season, to meh season, and repeats. Snowshoe has an amazing variety of trails. For beginners, head right to Silver Creek. They have little to no lines, and there is plenty of beginner terrain. For intermediate skiers, the Ballhooter lift is a treasure trove. You can access more advanced blues like Gandydancer, and on an icy day, Spruce could pass as a black diamond. When they get huge dumps (2ft+), Knot Bumper Glades is golden. It is steep at the top, and there are rollers at the bottom. Sawmill glades are steep all the way down. And a couple of days after dumps you can find un-touched powder in Sawmill glades. There are also two lesser-known glades, not labeled on the trail maps. Skipjack Glades is the best glades on the mountain. They are steep as a double black on the top, and there are very tight, very thrilling trees at the bottom. Then there is a very small one named "Shaver's Coulier". Although it is so short, you will get a thrill out of it. You drop in on it at the top of Gandydancer. The very top to be exact. The entrance is wedged between two yellow padded snow-blower hook-ups. Once you are drop-in you are going practically straight down with no trees around you for about 5 seconds. Then you get into tight trees, which will give your legs a killer workout. There are two routes you can take. Upper Shavers Coulier, and, of course, Lower Shavers Coulier. Lower Shavers Coulier gives you amazing speed, and you can fly through tight trees all the way down. If you take Upper Shavers Coulier, you can enjoy nice untouched powder, as most people don't know about it. Upper Shavers Coulier is steep, but if you take the right route, you will go at a nice leisurely pace. Both routes spit you out onto a crossover between trailed, but the only trail you can get down from the crossover is Gandydancer. If you are looking for steep, long trailed head over to Western Territory. Western is only Black Diamonds, with one Double Black, the only one on the mountain. There is one marked glades trail on Western. It is a bike trail that is used during the summer and was used during both MTB World Cups held at snowshoe. To wrap it up, I will now comment on snowshoe's terrible terrain parks. The only one worth mentioning is Evolution park. But that is the advanced one. The Silver Creek terrain parks used to be snowshoe's crown jewel. But now they only open the two small ones, which have declined rapidly over the years. The big one always has blown snow on it, but it is not even open at all. And, finally, the Progression Park. ICK. It is the worst one on the mountain. The jumps are terrible, and there are only short, wide rails. Progression Park is meant for beginner park skiers, but it barely has anything on it to learn on. Apart from the parks, Snowshoe is an amazing place for beginner and advanced skiers alike.
January 19, 2017
R from Ski United States United States
It has 5 snowparks (terrain park) not 1. [note from the editor: thank you for submitting this correction. Post will remain for a short time.]
November 28, 2004
Jay Crawford from Ski United States United States
Snowshoe offers great mid-Atlantic skiing. 1,500 vertical and a great 200 inches/season. About 20-days/season of knee high powder. Nice moguls also, check Knotbumper and Lower Shay's Revenge. Worth trying for the East Coast...