We Spent 5 nights from Jan. 2nd thru Jan. 7th at Powderridge Condos, booked through Snowshoe Property Management. Decided on Snoeshoe this year to avoid hassels of flying.
We actually found the condo thru the VRBO.com website, but was booked with Snowshoe Property Management. Booking was fine and staff was pleasant. The Powderridge unit was rustic feeling but nice. Our 2br/2ba unit, #4, was directly next to the top of the powderridge lift and this was really nice. Walk out the door and down a set of steps and get on the lift. With a family of 4 this was one of our requirements as it is so much easier and much less expensive as you never have to spend big money at the high priced Resort Cafe's. I would say that any of the powderridge units would be a pretty easy ski out , but maybe a short walk back in to many of the units.
The resort was nice, but after skiing in Colorado for over 15 years, it was a lillte dissappointing. I had never been to a resort where everything is at the top of the mountain and you ski down into a valley. The lifts bring you back up and you will need to be sure where you are at the end of the day because they are not all easily accessible from the bottom. This is true of all ski resorts , but it is easier to get where you need to be when you are at the top of the mountain and a clear view of your final destination. The resort was upscale and seemed well layed out. WE liked walking thru the village at night.
My kids are 5 & 9, and they really enjoyed the big heated pools at split rock pools. They also enjoyed the Big top in the afternoon playing games and arcade stuff. We also went to Silver Creek to try out the tubing. We all had a blast and my 5 year old particularly liked it. Be sure to give it a try. There is not a lot of things for young kids to do other than these few areas.
Unfortunantly we did not have the best of snow conditions. It had snowed the day we arrived and only about 1/2 of the lifts were open. The conditions were fair to good , but the few slopes open caused long lift waits and crowded conditions. Oh yea, when you buy lift ticket be sure to tell them if you have a 5 or under child as the tic's are free. I had to tell the person that and they claimed they had never heard that before. I had to show her the resort flyer!! I do believe if the snow was better the skiing would have been great.
A few other tips: Cell phone service is horrible. The shuttle service seems irratic and slow. There is virtually NO grocery store to speak of. There is a glorified convience store at the base of the mountain, but for real supplies, you better shop at one of the small surrounding towns leading to Snowshoe. Lastly, DO NOT leave your skis outside your condo in the racks. My 5 year old left his out during lunch and they were gone upon our return! The people we rented from at Route 66 Ski Rentals were very nice about it. They called mountain security and as of now have never charged our accout for teh replacement skiis. We hope they were found. They are located at the base of the mountain.
In closing, I guess Snowshoe is pretty good for Southern East Coast. But considering the chances of poor conditions, the long drive, and the Less than expected Resort experience, I think next year We'll be flying out west!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Impressive one and two bedroom units located on Highland Ridge offering glorious eastern views of the basin and the Village at Snowshoe. Powderidge is slope side adjacent to the Powderidge lift and trail system with a moderate walk to the Village at Snowshoe. Private parking, washer / dryer, fully equipped kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, large balcony and small hydrospa tub (in some units). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Powderidge Townhomes Hotel Snowshoe