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Snowshoe Reservations
Posted October 19, 2005 at 12:47:00 PM by Bean in the Vacation category
Ah naw, hell naw, I done up and done it. Snowshoe is booked! There will be 5 of us (me, Stef, Brad, TP, Brad's co-worker), from January 19 (Thursday) - 23 (Monday).

Now for the monies:
We have a 2-bedroom suite at the Mountian Lodge, and it comes with 5-days of lift tickets for 4 people. It costs $1636.72. Then we'll need to add in lift tickets for the fifth person. Since I'm not sure whether or not we'll actually ski on the day we get there or leave, I only pre-purchased lift tickets for the fifth person for 3 days. If we end up wanting to ski more, we'll all have to pitch in to buy his ticket. No big whoop. Anyway, the 3-day ticket runs $171.00. Next, we'll all need rentals. If we pre-purchase them before November 1, they will be $26/day. If we buy them when we get there, they will be $30. So, assuming that we all ski for 4 days, that's going to run a total of $520.00. So, it's kinda broken down in a funny way. After taxes and whatnot, I have a $966.20 fee already on my card which is holding the room and lift tickets(5 days for 4 of us, 3 for the other). $811.43 more will be due when we get there. Add to that the $520 for rentals and another day's lift ticket for that 5th person ($42) and we are looking at a grand total of $2339.63, or about $468 each. I'm sure the end amount will vary slightly, but I trust everyone will hold up their end and not eff me over on this one.

Lastly, we need to decide what our arrival/departure schedule should be. Check-in is 5pm (or when the room is ready) and check-out is 11pm. We can ski the day we get there or the day we leave, or both. What do you all think?

Color me STOKED!
Snowshoe Followup
Posted October 06, 2005 at 10:57:00 AM by Bean in the Vacation category
Okay, the time to book is now. I need to knwo who is in for this little trip. I've done some research based on 8 people. Here is the breakdown.
Jan 19-23 (12-16 is MLK day = mo $$)
2 x 4-person condos (2 bdrm + kitchen), on the slopes. Lift tickets for the whole time we are there (4 days) Ski rental for the whole time we are there (4 days, snowboards are a little more) $480 per person The price went up since I checked last, and I was told it will make a big hike Nov 1. Spaces are filling up and options are becomming more and more limited. This is a long weekend package - if we want to lower the price, we could possibly get a mid-week package or only go for 3 days instead of 4.

We have to book this by Oct 10.

Leave a comment if you are IN!
Snowshoe
Posted September 27, 2005 at 12:49:00 PM by Bean in the Vacation category
Updated - see comments!

When I was in highschool, a group of friends and I used to drive out to Snowshoe, West Virginia between Christmas and New Years. We'd get a cheap room, cheap beer, rental skis, and lift passes and have a blast for 5 days. I think I went 4 times, maybe 3, and the group of people was slightly different each time. Palmer was the leader of the pack who organized it all.

Skiing is fun. In talking with Brad (who went on at least one of the trips), we both realized that skiing is way too much fun to NOT do it anymore. For this reason, we have committed ourselves to heading back to Snowshoe this winter and reliving the glory days. We need a few more people to make it economically feasible and funomonically mo betta fun.

I haven't pinned the deets yet, but here's the skinny so far: We'll drive - cause that's half the fun. We'll get a "ski in, ski out" lodge (direct access to slopes). Cost will be between $75-$100 per person, per day, including lift tickets and ski rentals. We'll go for between 3 and 6 days, pending interest and schedules. We'll shoot for either the time between Christmas and New Years or sometime in mid-January. Is anyone interested in participating? If so, holla back and include some dates so we can get this nailed down in the next few weeks.
Well, it's a new year again. I'm not going to list every adventure Stef and I had this past year. I think it's fair to say we had a good time, and leave it at that - especially since this marks the 2nd complete year I've been blogging - it's all archived. Beanblog's 3 year anniversary is coming up in march.

So rather than list what we've done, here's what's planned for 2006 so far.
  • Ski trip to Snowshoe, WV - coming up in 2.5 weeks.
  • Basement work this winter - drop ceiling, etc.
  • Possible mini-trip to Florida in March.
  • Trip to Ney York City at some undetermined time.
  • Back yard landscaping and an expanded garden in the Spring.
  • SDP, back-from-the-dead party-barge, and StraBenfest action in the Summer.
  • Hallobean 7 in the Fall.
  • Then repeat the gut-busting Thanksgiving/Christmas gorge in the winter.
Snowshoe 2006
Posted January 27, 2006 at 10:15:14 AM by Bean in the Vacation category
Snowshoe 2006 has come and gone, and boy was it fun! Now I'm gonna blog a blog about it. This is an overview blog, and might suck. Mo betta funny stories to come at a later date.

I regret to inform you, loyal readers, that I did not take very many pictures. I got a few of the group, a few of the slopes, and one of Terri's butt crack. Here's the album.

We all met at my place Wednesday night (Feb 18) and figured most of the driving details out. It was me, Joe, and TP in my car and John, Terri, Brandon, and Jamie in Terri's car. We departed bright and early Thursday morning - rolled down the driveway around 8AM. We stopped quite a few times on the way out for food, gas, bathroom, etc. The drive time was a whopping 10 hours.

We arrived around 6PM and checked into our room. It was a little smaller than everyone expected, but in the end it worked out okay. It was "cozy". Location-wise, it was probably one of the best rooms on the mountian. We could ski right onto the slopes and we were at the tip top of the mountian right next to the best, longest, fastest lift.

The skiing was great. It only rained one day, and only for part of the day at that. The third day was the best, snow-wise, because the blew snow the night before. I tried snowboarding that day and spent a lot of time on my ass. Luckily, I didn't spend much time face-down. Terri and Jamie took lessons the first day, ski'd on days 1 and 2, and went snow tubing the third day. TP boarded the whole time and a few bad falls caused him to transform into Popeye. Everyone else ski'd the whole time, and everyone seemed to do pretty well.

There was a sweet heated indoor-outdoor pool that we had access to every day and night. It was flanked by 2 large outdoor heated hottubs, a sauna, and a water-slide. It, was, awesome. The mountian has changed a lot since I was there last. I only recognized a few buildings - everythign else was condos and stores. That place has exploded.

On the drive back, my wipers stopped working. This was TRACH since it was raining. We had to tie some stuff together with a shoestring (thanks John) and use them sparingly. We made it back in 8 hours.

I don't know about everyone else involved, but I am definately interested in making this an anual thing again. Currently taking applications for Snowshoe 2007!
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Planning Snowshoe 2007
Posted October 19, 2006 at 12:06:18 PM by Bean in the Vacation category
Well, as winter gets closer and closer, I can't help but think about snow. And when I think about snow, I think about skiing. And when I think about skiing, I think about Snowshoe, WV.

Last years trip was, in my humble opinion, a raging success, and I'd like to make it an annual event. If we go around the same time frame as last year (early-mid Jan), I think we should be looking at about the same cost, which is about $550. This would be for 4 nights and 4-5 days on the slopes. If more people go or if we decided to cut back to 3 nights, the cost would go down accordingly. Looks like the rooms are filling up pretty quickly, and the longer we wait, the higher the price.

So, who is interested in going this year? Chime in with suggested dates, etc. I'd like to get a headcount by October 24 so I can get some real figures as far as cost, then solidify the reservation by October 26.
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Snowshoe 2007 Aftermath
Posted January 18, 2007 at 04:41:09 PM by Bean in the Vacation category
I went to Snowshoe, WV last week with Mothereffer, Matt, TP, Dirtass, and Contanister. The drive out was pleasant (no thanks to Tom Tom), and I found the scenery very nostalgic. This trip was the second in a newly forming tradition that is in fact a long dead (10 years, anyway) tradition, born again like the glorious phoenix.

Okay, maybe it did rain the whole time, and maybe there was a serious injury. Yeah, I guess "glorious phoenix" part was too much. But it really was a rekindling of a tradion from my highschool days, one which Contanister and Mothereffer both participated. And it was a fun trip, I think, for 5/6 of us. Unfortunately, Matt busted his ankle up pretty bad on the first full day of skiing. We headed home a day early, just as the weather turned from rain to lots of rain. Matt had surgery yesterday, and I'm sure Mothereffer will comment or blog about it in mo betta detail at some point.

As for the skiing - it really was not that bad. Despite the rain, the snowplow drivers made sure to resurface the snow each morning and keep it soft. The rain didn't really affect the snow until the day we were leaving. Some of the run's were not open, but there were still plenty to choose from. We each had our favorites. As I got mo comfortabler on the snowboard I rented, I came to enjoy what we called the "X", which were the following items, in order: Upper Hootenanny, Lower Hootenanny, Soaring Eagle Express, Upper Flume, Mid Flume, Lower Ball Hooter, Ball Hooter. The path began and ended about 30 feet from the door to our lodge, which made it easy to stop in for some food or drink and be back on your way in minutes. Rikey! I did this, along with a few minor variations for 2.5 days.

Here's some pictures and whatnot:And I almost forgot... we stopped in Charlestown and went to Hooters on MacCorkle.
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