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“Rimfire Lodge at Snowshoe”

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Rimfire Lodge Condos
Virginia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Rimfire Lodge at Snowshoe”
Reviewed 28 November 2006

We stayed at Rimfire Lodge on Snowshoe Mountain from Nov 25-28, 2006. My husband and I stayed in a Junior Studio that was perfect for the two of us. We had a wonderful full kitchen area where I cooked several meals, a nice sitting area with fireplace and tv (dish network), a queen sized bed, and a good sized bathroom. The lodge was wonderfully convenient to the slopes and the "village" was awesome. We ate some meals at the "Junction" and bought some ski items at "4848." All were reasonably priced for a resort area. The staff was great as well! We locked ourselves out of our room on the first night (go figure!) and they quickly provided us with new keys and friendly service. The guys operating the lifts were great too! Really good southern hospitality...a smile for everyone, a couple of jokes here and there...we really felt right at home! There was an aquatic center for adults and kids right beside our lodge (pool, water slides, hot tubs) and a sauna and hot tub in Rimfire (for Rimfire guests only) overlooking the mountains (absolutely gorgeous at sunset!). I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Snowshoe and we will definitely be back when the weather is more agreeable to skiing (later this winter). As it was, with just the 2 trails open, we still had a blast! I would definitely recommend this resort to couples and families. A must visit!

  • Liked — Convenience to ski slopes, full kitchen to prepare meals in room.
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring a swimsuit! Eat in the village but visit the market at the bottom of the mountain and prepare meals in-house to save $$$$$
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2006

We returned from a long weekend at the Rimfire lodge at Snowshoe. We went Friday returning Monday. I read lots of reviews on Trip advisor before I went. Being on the mountain side and not the snow side of the village really helped with noise (we heard that the snow groomers work all night and can create a bit of noise on the slope side)

The Starbucks off the Lobby made a nice start to each day. Knowing that Snowshoe can be crowded on Holiday weekends we week the week after MLK and had no trouble. Yes things are expensive like any other destination resort so that helped set out expectations. Our 1 bed condo had a kitchen and we brought our food with us. We went out to eat one night (Sunday) and loved the food. For the most part the lift lines were manageable. One afternoon, lines got a little long at one lift so we just moved to another lift for the rest of the day.

Night skiing always had short to no lines, just be careful if the weather was warm enough to melt snow during the day the night skiing slope will be VERY icy. A friend staying with us broke his binding on a run and the rental shop at Silver Creek fixed it without charge.

I really think it was worth the extra money to be in the village (so cute and ski in/out convenience) and pay for a little better lodging. A couple in the hot tub with us said they arrive on Sundays through Tuesdays and always have a great time with no crowds and pay a lot less. The package deals through Snowshoe that include lift tickets are very good, always consider them.

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Lexington, KY
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Reviewed 7 February 2006

I had not been to Snowshoe in more than 10 years and was looking forward to a return trip. Unfortunately just because it's been bought out by a bigggggggggg outfit, Intrawest, doesn't mean the changes have been for the better. Gone is the quaint charm of a small ski resort. Replacing it is a massive, impersonal corporate machine that is dedicated to extracting as much of your money as quickly as possible, neither knowing nor caring that lousy customer service means you may never come back. A few issues:

CHECK-IN
This is where your nightmare begins. I guess we were lucky, it only took us 90 minutes to get checked in. Other guests I talked to spent two hours or more, grappling with clerks who did not speak English and contradictory misinformation at every turn. We were sent to three different places to get our skis, as one example. If you want ANYTHING, do not hope of getting it at the infamous mountaintop check-in.

LODGING
We were in the Rimfire. Since I did not get a "package" I knew I was going to pay more, but I was NOT prepared for the miniscule facilites we got for what we were paying a night. The "bedroom" had room for a bed, barely. That was it. The toilet in the bathroom clogged several times; we gave up trying to get maintenance to come since they always said they would Be right there, sir!, and then never show up.

At least the gas fireplace worked, but there were only two water glasses in the entire condo. And their posted occupancy limits? Forget it - it seems that many families try to save money by cramming 10 or more people in each unit. The sounds of that, plus the idiots down the hall setting off their smoke alarm every couple of hours after another cooking disaster, meant less than restful nights.

With only two elevators for the entire complex, and a whole lot of people on package tours checking out at the same time, be prepared to waste several hours standing at elevators and stalking the too-few luggage carts, or humping all your bags down the stairs.

RESTAURANTS
We only tried two - and after the first night, my kids were seriously ready to opt for mac and chesse bought at the mountaintop grocery store. We waited two hours for a table at the pizza restaurant. They were not fully staffed despite the fact that this was the week before Christmas! The food was OK, no better than that.

The food at the Mexican restaurant was better, but again, we ran afoul of Intrawest's habit of hiring non-English speaking workers. Even getting water required dusting off my minimal knowledge of Spanish.

The food at Shaver's Center (which I had fond memories off from my last visit) was OK at best, but all grossly overpriced. Like everything else at Snowshoe.

SKIING
Was generally good, I suspect because Intrawest has nothing to do with it. Although the new practice of "scanning" lift tickets at every lift caused needless delays and lines because they have two few handheld scanners. I came there to ski, not be barcoded.

MAPS/DIRECTIONS
If you get one of the maps, throw it away, or use it for emergency toilet paper. They are useless to try and find your way around the village, or the facilities at the top of the mountain. Trying to navigate the ski runs isn't much easier - but what is really scary is the blank looks you get from the lift operators if you ask how to get to a certain slope.

Overall, when we left after three days, my overwhelming sense was one of relief as we drove down off the mountain - we had survived the shameless gouging, non-existant customer service, non-English speaking personnel and worn down facilities.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Property: Rimfire Lodge Condos
Address: 10 Snowshoe Dr, Snowshoe Resort, Snowshoe, WV 26209
Region: United States > West Virginia > Snowshoe
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Snowshoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Rimfire Lodge Condos 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standard, junior studio, studio, one and two bedroom units located in the heart of Snowshoe's Village just steps from the slopes and the Ballhooter Lift. Units offer spectacular western vistas and village plaza views. All units except Junior Studios and Standard Rooms have full kitchens; Juniors have efficiency kitchens, Internet connections and full daily maid service, unique among most condominium units. Gas fireplaces, outside hot tubs with sunset views, exercise room, sauna, vending and laundry facilities, underground parking and air conditioning. ... more   less 
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