Wonderful, fun memories, fantastic ski vacation.
Stayed at Mountain Lodge--next time will pick upscale accommodations. Fit family of 5 fine, basic kitchenette for breakfasts, and nice ski in/ski out accessibility. Room was basic, Mountain lodge, built in the '70s, needs some renovations. Allegheny Springs looks fantastic. Beginners, or families with kids, should consider Silver Creek Lodge.
Slopes -- wonderful accesss to all slopes and good variety. Skiied in JAN/FEB timeframe, good snow, barely any lines.
Ski Instructors--awesome. 2 Kids in ski school for 3 full days. Patient, knowledgeable instructors from all over the world. Wonderful sense of humor, kids LOVED learning how to ski (even when we had a freezing cold day with driving snow, the instructors made it fun, and gave hot chocolate breaks).
Ski Rentals--easy, quick, painless, located right next to the ski school. Fastest return policy I have seen. Personnel--Enjoyed having all the nationalities at Snowshoe, we loved hearing their stories, learning about their cultures, and just talking to them--what a great way for children to learn more about our WORLD! They didn't speak English perfectly, but we took the opportunity to learn from them....and had fun doing it. Restuarants and shops were within easy walking distance and the "town center" feel is quaint. Ate out just about every night. All meals were good except Firefox-slow service, barely warm food, atmosphere is great. Would keep Firefox for adults. Food at the resort is expensive, but look at the treacherous road they have to get it up to serve you! Great idea to bring a crockpot, cook all day, come home to a warm meal, and then hit a restuarant for drinks or dessert. Save some $.
Pool-- a blast for kids and adults alike, indoor/outdoor swim-through passages, hot tubs with the most amazing sunsets. Childcare--its at 2 places on the mtn. Make sure you know where your reservations are for. The providers seemed conscientious. My 2 year old daughter was entertained and happy. (Call ahead to arrange childcare as it fills up. Be sure to ask what they require (shot record etc.)) Check in/check out--yep, just like others have said, it's a disaster. If there is one thing the management should focus on, it's definitely this. Plenty of personnel behind the serving counter, but only one individual was assisting us all, creating a large line, and over a 1 1/2 hour wait--the other personnel were scurrying about doing whatever it is that they do that is so much more important than checking customers in. Need the personnel trained on HOW to check folks in/out efficiently, need MULTIPLE computers working at the SAME time. For now, plan on 1 1/2 hours to check in and 1 1/2 hrs to check out--then you won't be disappointed.
Lets face it, a ski vacation is $$$ no matter how you cut it. As busy working parents, it was a welcome relief to leave my daughter with wonderful providers, my boys with awesome ski instructors, and spend some quality time on the slopes, and in the restuarants, with my husband--and not have to feel guilty about "getting away". After the ski school, the boys were excited to ski with us, not turned off because they were frustrated learning from mom or dad. We didn't let the check in hassle sour our whole week--and we had a blast. Every ski day was a wonderful, positive experience. Not only was this worth every penny, we felt like it was a great value for the $$$ we spent. We will return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Village Central adjacent to the Ballhooter lift with ski-in/ski-out convenience. Village shops, restaurants and the Split Rock Pool & Hot Tubs are nearby. Mountain Lodge features private adjacent parking lot, comfortable lobby with large fireplace and scenic overlooks. Complimentary building-wide Wi-Fi broadband internet access is provided. Also featured is a dedicated electronic game roomand indoors "Little Tykes" children's play area. All enclosed common areas and most condos are non-smoking. Auntie Pasta's restaurant and the Comedy Cellar share the Lower Level.Mountain Lodge offers one, two and (a few) three bedroom condos. Most have queen beds & queen sleeper sofas. All condos feature well stocked fully equipped kitchens and walkout balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lodge Condos Hotel Snowshoe