One of our favorite places to hang out is Snowshoe Mtn. It’s one of the tallest mountains around this area. As you enter the property at the base of the mountain you pass under a large sign that reads “Forever Wild”. If you’ve been here, you know it’s true. It is a top-down ski resort, which means the resort is at the top, rather than the base, and you ski down.
It is owned by Intrawest. Over the last 10 years or so they’ve built a huge village, bringing in more and more people during all seasons each year. They have 57 trails, 14 lifts, 3 of which are high speed. There is also a smaller ski area called Silver Creek where you can ski during the day and also at night. Shuttles are available to carry you around if you don’t feel like walking.
The Missing Band
They also have occasional concerts. The last one was supposed to be Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which I was really looking forward to hearing. Check them out if you haven’t heard them yet. Big sound, big bad band. But sometimes the organization up here is about as unpredictable as the weather.
Everyone gathered around the large stage with expectations of seeing BBVD, but instead a three person band showed up – Cowboy Mouth – from New Orleans. They have a lead guitarist, a petite bass play named Cassandra, and a drummer who was the very obvious leader of the band. Now mind you, it was cold. Somewhere around freezing. The drummer showed up in a black short-sleeved shirt, black shorts, and that’s it. No shoes or socks, no hat, nothing. This became obvious to the crowd when he was handed a portable mic and walked off the stage into the crowd, warming them up for what turned out to be a pretty wild night. Fred Leblanc, crazy drummer and maniacal singer states…
“Cowboy Mouth is about pretending that you’re five years old, naked as a jaybird and about to turn the hose on your parents, and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.”
BBVD or no BBVD, everyone had a great time. We were introduced to a new band – and some, I think, actually got religion. How ’bout that?
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