Warm rain prediction makes Snowshoe ditch final bonus weekend

A Jeep at the Brigham Center
What would Snowshoe do?

Officials with Snowshoe have decided not to open for the final bonus weekend that had been planned when polar vortexes and hefty snowfalls made skiers and riders pine for an extra chance at making some turns. Mother Nature, however, had some other surprises up her cloudy sleeve, as the National Weather Service is forecasting warm rains up to and including the April 5 and 6 weekend.

“We’ve had a fantastic winter, but all good things must come to an end,” said a message on the Resort’s Facebook page (the place where some bad news about Silver Creek’s operating hours also first appeared).

“We want nothing but the best experience waiting for you when you get here,” continued the FB posting, something that didn’t mollify Radford-area snowboarder Ryan Holcomb.

“WEAK!” writes Holcomb. “No last hurrah, pond skim, or any season end festivities? Way to end the season on a buzz kill.”

Holcomb hints that he’ll be back on the mountain anyway, “poaching” some turns at the shut-for-the-season resort, which, ironically, enjoyed a surprise snowstorm on Sunday, March 30, the day of the season-quashing announcement.

One Richmond-area enthusiast, Chris Jones, pointed out that Wintergreen now has more open trails. “So don’t I get my next day of skiing free?” “I agree,” replied fellow enthusiast Garry Huff. “Where’s the snow guarantee now?”

Those pleas were not immediately answered by posting time, but a check at the website of the Snowshoe Guarantee reveals that the guarantee was only valid until March 16.

Other snowsports enthusiasts seemed less perturbed.

“Skiing until 30 March ain’t bad for Mid-Atlantic,” wrote LeeMath Tutor of Chesapeake, Virginia. “[See you] next year!”


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