Cold weather is creeping steadily towards us, and thoughts are turning to snow sports, one of the few perks, to me, of cold weather. Not too far from Richmond, West Virginia ski resort Snowshoe Mountain is celebrating its 40th birthday party, but skiers are the ones getting the gift.
I was lucky enough to be at Snowshoe one year for the first big snow of the season. The beauty of the mountain and trees wrapped in the soft, white garment of snow was equal to the excitement of snow-covered slopes. The shopping, restaurants and lodge were all the more appealing, warm, and romantic with the whisper of snow outside
This top mid-Atlantic ski resort opened in 1973 and is planning a birthday party weekend in December to kick off the festivities. Party gifts include discounts on skiing and riding, dance and hot tub parties, on-snow games, costume contests, and a live concert by classic funk/soul artists of the 70s and 80s, The Commodores. Renowned for the R&B hits "Just to Be Close to You," "Easy," and many others, they were one of the top Motown bands. The group is credited with seven number one songs and a host of other Top Ten hits on the Billboard charts, and their vast catalog includes more than 50 albums.
On December 19, the official anniversary day, lift tickets are at retro 70s pricing: $14 for a full-day lift ticket (available only online).
Friday evening, electronic dance musician Big Chocolate will perform an all-ages show in Snowshoe’s Big Top event center. This is an all-ages event, with tickets for just $10. The Commodores will perform inside The Big Top on Saturday, December 21 at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages event are $40 walk-up and $30 in advance (advanced purchases are strongly recommended, as tickets are limited). Tickets may be purchased at snowshoemtn.com or by calling Snowshoe Reservations at 877-441-4386.
Other events include Ballhooter Trivia Games of Winter, lift chair games, Hot Tub Emporium, DJ in the Village Plaza with vintage games, ski après (happy hour), vintage downhill ski race, a 70s dance class, jamskating demo, and fashion show.
Find more information on Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, visit their web site.