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New for 2015! This annual event will be combined with our Oktoberfest tradition and feature events and give-aways throughout the day on October 24, 2015!


  • DJ From 11-6
  • Tons of Give-Aways Including Jerseys, T-Shirts, Pint Glasses and Stickers Every Half Hour for Everyone Purchasing a Ticket to the Bryce Bike Park!
  • A Free 2016 Season Passes Given Away at 4PM
  • Oktoberfest Beer Garden Will be in Full Swing all Bonanza Long!
  • 15% Off Every Item in the Retail Shop
  • Bike and Equipment Vendors with Special Give-Aways of Their Own
  • Used Equipment from our Rental Fleet for Sale at Low Low Prices

Bike Bonanza Chainless Race

After terrific feedback from the All-Mountain Bike Festival, we’ve decided to raise the stakes and let the fun begin!  Bring your bike, but don’t bring your chain for this awesome mountain bike nightcap!

  • Race will be held on the Sundowner trail
  • $10 per person
  • No chains allowed as you let gravity carry you to the finish line
  • Featuring a Le Mans Start
  • 10 people per heat, the top 3 from each heat move to the next round
  • Prizes for the Top 3 finishers in the final.   1st – A 2015 Bike Park Season Pass   2nd – Bryce Bike Park Custom Jersey        3rd – Bryce Bike Park T-Shirt, Pint Glass & Hat Combo
  • Race will take place at 2PM

A Special 2016 Season Pass Offer for anyone in attendance, all weekend long.  2016 Season Passes for only $185.   That’s saving $40 over next year’s pass prices.

Your $34 day pass to the mountain includes:

  • Full access to the new Quad lift and all of the trails
  • One free entry into the raffle for great gifts and prizes including a shot at one of two Free 2015 Bike Park Passes
  • One Bryce Bike Park Sticker
  • One Bryce Bike Park 50% Coupon valid for a day pass during the 2015 season

Winter is just around the corner, and you can feel it in the air! Snowshoe’s online ticket store is NOW OPEN, and now is your chance to save as much as 50% off by grabbing your tickets in advance. The almanacs and meteorologists agree – this season has the potential to be one for the ages, so grab your tickets today!

Kid’s Ski Free Restricted to Select Periods with 4-night Minimum Stays

2015-09-2-David-McCue-Story001Do I hear banjo music?  It’s okay, they’re just playing “Frost on the Pumpkin.”

There is finally some chill in the air, the trees are shedding, the grass has blessedly stopped growing and the Canadian geese will soon start their annual pilgrimage from the lake behind the shopping mall to the one over by the high school; which is all they seem to do nowadays.

Instruments are tuning up for October festivals.  Autumn has arrived, calm and cool, getting things ready for the first snow fall.  Summer? — good-bye and good riddance, talking to you in particular August.
Until winter proves otherwise I am fully persuaded that we are in for one of our better ski seasons here in the Southeast.  Optimism is not my natural disposition but most of the long range forecasting I’ve seen reinforces my belief, and I put a lot of credence in long range forecasters as long as they tell me what I want to hear. Mike posted this recently but it’s such a pretty picture it’s worth another look.


2015-2016 Winter Forecast for the Southeast

If the models prove accurate, our cold and snow may come again at the expense of the Northwest and other western locales (last year I had to cut a trip short there and came back for some West Virginia powder) .  If so. condolences, keep the faith, craft beer and espresso flowing and we’ll break out the powder skis and do an extra lap in solidarity.  Luckily we now have plenty of great micro-brews to toast our own good fortune.  But with a great season comes great responsibility–we can’t all be sitting at home watching as the weather channel christens each new winter storm, we have to get out and name our own.  We have to be ready, our equipment marshaled by the back door and a season pass up the sleeve of our shell, a trump card ready to be played.

I already made my general case for owning a season pass, and now it is time to get to the particulars.  The resorts have posted their pass and daily ticket prices and as a public service I have put them all together in this indispensable guide which includes a couple of special categories that I consider illuminating…. (I am not a statistician but my sister does have math degree, and rest assured I will run all this by her later, when she can’t quibble with my methodology).



So there it is, but do confirm my pricing with the various resorts’ websites; I’ve tried my best but if you buy passes for your whole block based on my poor reporting skills I am afraid that is totally on you.  I see some deals that jump out.  One place not on that list will actually be my second pass this season, Whitegrass in Davis, West Virginia; it’s an eye-popping deal at $140 for 1000 vertical feet but there is a catch (or a release), it is lift free.


So go get your own if the math works and here’s to a spectacular season, may the trees be knee-deep with stumps and dead fall covered , may the park landings be smooth and all the groomers combed to corduroy perfection (but keep some moguls on the side).



by David McCue, Contributing Reporter


david mccue of skisoutheastABOUT DAVID///

David McCue grew up in Amarillo, Texas and annoyed the natives of New Mexico and Colorado by skiing on their mountains throughout his childhood and teens.  He put down his neon 200cm GS skis for nearly twenty years until the fateful day he took his own young sons for a half day to Cataloochee.  He has never looked back, except when alone and deep in the trees. A carpenter by trade, the uncertainties of the housing market have further honed David’s snow skills.  He now resides with his patient wife on the banks of the Haw River in central North Carolina and annoys the natives of West Virginia by skiing on their mountains.


With ski season less than 2 months away, we are finishing improvements to ensure that the coming season is one of the best yet! We have added and upgraded snowmaking on our Orchard Run, Big Appal, and Appaljack slopes to provide faster coverage, more base depth, consistency and quality snow conditions throughout the season.

More snowmaking means even better conditions!

Midnight Blast Weekends will now be offered all season long! The region’s only late night skiing & riding will run every Friday & Saturday night the entire 2015-16 season, from Opening Day through our last night of night skiing (March 19), in addition to special Holiday Midnight Blast Sessions over the Christmas Holidays, December 26 through 30, as well as Martin Luther King Sunday and President’s Weekend Sunday.


Discounted Season Memberships and Nights-Only Passes are available online 24 hours a day at  www.appskimtn.com. Purchase yours before October 15 and save!
Our 54th season is scheduled to begin Friday, November 20th, with a projected closing date of Saturday, April 2nd. Night sessions are scheduled to begin opening day, weather permitting. From March 20 – April 2, modified hours will be in effect and slopes will be open from 9am – 6pm on these dates. We hope to begin making snow during the first good cold snap after Halloween and begin ice skating on the day before Thanksgiving.
App Terrain Park will offer over 50 different rails & boxes this season for riders of all ability, including new designs based on rider feedback. The parks will be hosting several custom events throughout the season, including the signature Shred for the Cup series, Ladies Park Sessions, as well as a Boarder/Skier X.
Our 18th Annual Preseason Sale is scheduled to begin Friday, October 16 and continue through Sunday, October 25. Used equipment for the Ski/Snowboard Swap may be brought in weekdays only Monday September 28 through Tuesday October 13 from 9 am to 4 pm.
Our Alpine Ski Shop will be open seven days a week beginning on the first day of skiing or Thanksgiving Day, whichever comes first. The Shop will also remain open every night our slopes are open.
We have added many of the latest image-driven outerwear lines to outfit you in the latest fashion and technology, while keeping you warm and dry. We are also offering an expanded selection of helmets, gloves, goggles, headwear, etc… This year’s outerwear lines include Armada, Burton, Descente, Helly Hanson, SAGA, Mountain Hardwear, Nils, Killtec, Obermeyer, Neff, Roxy, 686, Spyder, and Volcom. Also, check out the latest shades and goggles we offer in Anon, Dragon, Electric, Smith and Spy.
Come see the latest technology and exciting graphics on a wide selection of skis and snowboards from Armada, Atomic, Burton, K2, Libtech/ GNU, Never Summer, Nordica, Flux, Ride, Rossignol, Roxy Skis & Boards, and Salomon equipment. Find skis or boards for all ages and abilities. Also, don’t forget to bring your equipment in for a tune-up or fresh wax before hitting the slopes.
We are getting ready for a great winter and look forward to seeing you on the slopes.

season pass sales

Sugar Mountain Resort season passesSo you’ve taken advantage of amazing preseason deals on equipment, or you are about to (you need to get on that while the getting is good). You are ready and when the snow starts falling, or more likely when the resorts begin making snow, nothing will stand between you and the white hot adrenaline that awaits ahead on the slopes.

The tawdry indignities of the rental shop are far behind; your gear gleams brightly on the roof rack (did you remember to lock it? Never mind lets stay positive).  You Sir, or Madam, are winning….or so it seems until you see the mob packed at the ticket window shouting through that tiny slot as the frigid wind sweeps away their questions.

Dozens of already exhausted families stand bickering, otherwise intelligent people, pace in confusion, weighing the arcane distinctions of the all-day, the full day, or the early-extended-besides-Saturday  pricing.

Suffer that a few times if you must, as suffering is said to enrich the soul. However if you will ski seven days or more at the same resort you should be considering a pass. That’s just by the numbers…. in broad strokes:

       – the average weekend daily rate for resorts in the Southeast is about $66/day
       – the average cost of a season pass is about $439
       – so a pass is paid for in 7days and every day beyond that a herd of unicorns bow in tribute to your good sense.

So that’s the math — but what about the intangibles?   Buying a pass is like owning your own equipment, it seems unattainable until you make the leap, and once you do – Forget about it, you won’t look back because this improves the experience so much.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort Season PassesThe first time you get a season pass you feel like a rock star mounting the stage; a concert violinist accepting the opening applause; a lottery winner (the one who is not an idiot)…as you walk straight to the lifts like you own the place.

The universe has finally seen your worth.

Having a pass also removes the pressure of feeling that you must squeeze every minute out of that pricey weekend ticket, no matter the crowds or conditions.  As a privileged pass holder you come and go whenever you please.  Snow guns blowing wet slush, lift lines up to the second lift tower?… take it easy your next and better day is already paid for.

Finally, it’s a tribal thing.  Mt. Ullr or Mt. Claus  … you gotta choose!

Pass holders at Mt. Ullr prepare to defend their trees and powder against a raiding party from Mt. Claus

Finally…when you purchase a season pass you are joining a group, something bigger than yourself, and you will get to know your home mountain and it’s people a lot better than you did as a day tripper.  You will develop loyalties and friendships; as a denizen of Mt. Ullr you know that you and your winter compadres are a cut above those clowns over at Mt. Claus; you know Ullr’s terrain is more challenging, that it’s cocoa is warmer, its beer colder and chili more digestible.  “Mt Claus.. ski it if you must!”  we like to joke at Ullr’s Roost –which it goes without saying is a much better bar than  Kringle’s over at Claus.

Some deadlines are approaching so ask yourself if you will be in the trees or the parks, eating bologna in the front parking lot or linguine from a table cloth. What is your spirit snow creature and where is it’s perfect habitat?  Start consulting your friends, your conscience, your piggy bank, your significant other (but only if they ski/ride).

There are still a couple of places that haven’t finalized their pricing so I will wait for the data at weeks’ end to break down the detailed math, including all the ticket rates and pass prices –and some critical analysis like the price per day and cost per vertical foot at each of our resorts.  None of the season pass rates will jump to a higher bracket until Sept. 30, most not until later in October so there is still some time for informed decision-making.

by David McCue, Contributing Reporter


david mccue of skisoutheastABOUT DAVID///

David McCue grew up in Amarillo, Texas and annoyed the natives of New Mexico and Colorado by skiing on their mountains throughout his childhood and teens.  He put down his neon 200cm GS skis for nearly twenty years until the fateful day he took his own young sons for a half day to Cataloochee.  He has never looked back, except when alone and deep in the trees. A carpenter by trade, the uncertainties of the housing market have further honed David’s snow skills.  He now resides with his patient wife on the banks of the Haw River in central North Carolina and annoys the natives of West Virginia by skiing on their mountains.



SNOWSHOE, West Virginia – (September 21, 2015) – Snowshoe Mountain (www.snowshoemtn.com), the #1 mountain resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, has announced the dates and locations of their annual 3-For-All Pass sale. The pass will only be available for purchase at the resort during their 3rd Annual FreeFall Festival, September 25th -27th , and at participating REI and Alpine Ski Centers during a one-day-only sale on November 7th . There is a limited quantity of 3-For-All Passes available, so they will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.

The passes will sell for $139 and are good for any 3 days, consecutive or non-consecutive, of skiing or riding during the 2015.2016 season with no restrictions or black-out periods. The window price of one full-day adult lift ticket is $89, weekends and holidays. The 3-For-All Pass provides great value to those unable to travel to the mountain more than a couple of times throughout the winter, or those planning a single, long weekend trip. If you’re looking for gift ideas for the skier or snowboarder in the family, look no further. The 3-For-All Pass makes a perfect stocking stuffer.

The pass will be available for purchase at Snowshoe’s 3rd Annual FreeFall Festival, September 25th – 27th. The event is a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle and fall in the mountains, with live music from Shakey Graves, Zach Deputy, Young Rising Sons, and more. The event will also play host to the Southeastern Gravity Series mountain biking championship.

On November 7th, the 3-For-All Pass will be available at the following REI and Alpine Ski Center locations:

Tyson’s Corner, VA
Bailey’s Crossroad, VA
Columbia, MD
Richmond, VA
Pittsburgh, PA – Southside REI
Cincinnati, OH
Columbus, OH – Easton REI

Knoxville, TN
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC
Greenville, SC

For more information or to make a Snowshoe lodging reservation, please call 877-441-4386 or visit online at www.snowshoemtn.com.

Please contact Shawn Cassell, [email protected] – 304-572-5639, for any media inquiries.

Snowshoe Mountain is the perfect year round destination for adventure filled vacations in West Virginia. Snowshoe covers a total area of 11,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountain Range, and includes the second highest point in the state at 4,848’ elevation. Snowshoe was named #1 Overall Ski Resort and #1 for Nightlife in the Southeast by OnTheSnow.com in 2012. In addition to terrific outdoor winter recreation, Snowshoe offers extensive lodging options, fully developed mountain biking trails, a popular golf course designed by Gary Player, wedding and convention areas, and a wide variety of summer outdoor activities. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is part of the family of Intrawest Resorts.