This was our first ski trip to Snowshoe/Silver Creek in 2 years and fifth overall in the last 12. We also made a summertime trip to Snowshoe over the summer. So we know the know the resort pretty well. Here is our impression of where things stand up there today.
The Silver Creek Lodge has had a modest face lift. New paint, new carpet, and I think new wall paper (either that or they have cleaned it). There's still lots of room for improvement, but it at least has better curb appeal than it did two years ago. And our condo itself was amazing. They've also made it much easier to book through the resort and even comp you a continental breakfast.
Food service at Snowshoe is much more efficient than it used to be. They've obviously hired more kitchen help and they seem to do a decent job retaining wait staff (the manager at the Junction even remembered us from our summer stay). And the food is pretty good, too.
They've also added more shuttles between the Basin and Silver Creek. My son and I were able to get back from the Western Territories in about 15 minutes from stop to stop. Getting to dinner in the Village was fairly painless, too.
No warning that the Tubing park tickets are sold in blocks starting at the top of the hour every other hour, which through off our plans for the day we arrived. They also opened it two hours later on Saturday. Inexcusable.
Still no overnight ski check. Guests have to carry their skis and boards back up to their rooms every night. They could make money on a ski check and save money on maintenance (two years ago the carpets literally stank from the snow that had melted on them over the years). It makes no sense to have it.
Intrawest has not put a dime into improving the lift capacity at the resort in the 12 years we've been coming there. People we spoke to got stuck in 30 minute lift lines. Worse, the lift operators are trigger happy and stop the lifts constantly it took us 20 minutes to ride the Cascade lift one morning because it was stopped a dozen times!
Last but not least, they have created an unsafe situation by the Powderidge Lift by placing a snowboard jump next to a beginner cross trail. We saw a five year old boy get knocked into next week by a snowboarder who took the jump too fast. Utterly inexcusable to set up that situation.
We love the reliable snow and the indoor/outdoor pool at Silver Creek. But we will not be returning until the lift capacity is upgraded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Studio, one, one with loft, two, three and four bedroom condo rentals located adjacent to the Silver Creek ski area. The lodge offers easy access to night skiing and the tubing area, plus satellite TV service with expanded HBO and ESPN programming and complimentary in-room unlimited high-speed internet. All units have full kitchens with the exception of Studios, which have mini-kitchens.Washer / dryers, fireplaces and balconies in most units except Studios. Limited daily maid service includes towel exchange and trash removal, indoor / outdoor swimming pool, exercise room, sauna and Jacuzzis. Studios have twin sleeper beds. ... more less
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