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Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe, West Virginia

Vertical drop:1,500 feet
Base elevation:3,348 feet
Peak elevation:4,848 feet
Skiable acres:244
Longest run:1.5 miles
Trails:60

Photo by M. Scott Smith.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is located in the middle of West Virginia. Despite its southern location, Snowshoe receives an eye-raising average annual snowfall of 180 inches - even in El Niño years. To that, Snowshoe adds plenty of manmade snow. Snowshoe is a year-round destination resort, offering numerous lodging options, from economical to upscale. During the summer, Snowshoe is known for its excellent mountain biking, drawing bikers from all over the country. DCSki readers have consistently rated Snowshoe the top resort in the area in terms of snow quality, diverse terrain, nightlife, family events, and more. In the Mid-Atlantic region, Snowshoe is the best of the best.

In 1995, Snowshoe was purchased by Intrawest. Since then, Intrawest has made significant investments in the resort - over $80 million has been invested in improvements, including terrain expansion and the installation of three high-speed quads.

Snowshoe offers some of the best skiing south of New England and even a suprising amount of nightlife for its secluded location in the mountains of West Virginia. That seclusion makes Snowshoe somewhat difficult to get to - it is approximately a 5-6 hour drive from Washington, D.C. Those willing to make the trek are rewarded with beautiful scenery, great snow conditions, and 60 trails spread over a 1,500-foot vertical. The drive became more palatable a few years ago, when Snowshoe opened a new entrance road to the resort from the town of Cass. This shaves about 30 minutes off the drive from the D.C. area.

Snowshoe has 60 trails, and they’re usually all open by early January, with a handful opening before Thanksgiving. The trails are spread across three distinct areas: the main Snowshoe area, with 41 trails and an 800-foot vertical drop; the Silver Creek area, with 17 trails and a 660-foot vertical; and the Western Territory, with 2 trails and a 1,500-foot vertical. The Western Territory features Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge, two 1.5-mile expert slopes serviced by their own high-speed lift. The Western Territory is just across the street from the main Snowshoe area. Silver Creek is down the road (and reached by a free shuttle), featuring tamer trails and usually less crowds. Silver Creek is home to the Ruckus Ridge tubing park, a snowboard park, and is lit for night skiing.

On weekends, the main Snowshoe area can become crowded (with the base of the Ballhooter Express chairlift becoming a choking point), but the Western Territory and Silver Creek areas are rarely crowded. The installation of a third high-speed quad in 2006, replacing the older Widowmaker lift at the main Snowshoe area, has helped to reduce crowding. Three additional trails were cut off of this lift for the 2007-2008 winter season, including one gladed run. If you can swing a trip to Snowshoe mid-week, you’ll find significantly discounted prices and might have the slopes to yourself.

As a full-blown destination resort, Snowshoe doesn’t lack amenities. There are 21 dining establishments, including one nightclub. Snowshoe rents out over 1,400 condominium and lodge rooms, covering a variety of price points from economy to luxurious. There are also many winter activities that do not involve skis and snowboards, such as snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Snowshoe usually opens for skiing and boarding around Thanksgiving.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Vertical Drop: 1,500 feet
Base Altitude: 3,348 feet
Peak Altitude: 4,848 feet
Trails:
  • 41% beginner
  • 36% intermediate
  • 23% advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 244
    Longest Run: 1.5 miles
    Lift Capacity: 23,400 per hour
    Lifts: 14 (Including 3 high-speed quads, 2 handle tows, 2 Magic Carpets)
    Night Skiing: 75% of Silver Creek area (12 slopes) is lit for night skiing.
    Terrain Park: Snowshoe has four terrain parks; two at the main Snowshoe area, and two at Silver Creek. The Silver Creek parks are lit for night riding.
    Halfpipe: Yes
    Tubing Park: Bear's Claw Tubing Park is located at the Silver Creek area. The hill is 600 feet long with five lanes.
    Address: 10 Snowshoe Drive
    Snowshoe, WV 26209
    Phone: (877) 441-4386
    Latitude: 38.41207
    Longitude: -79.99204
    Links: http://www.snowshoemtn.com/
    Conditions near Snowshoe Mountain Resort:
    8:15 pm on November 12 / Hot Springs / Ingalls
    13° F
    Mostly Cloudy and Breezy
    Humidity:81%
    Wind Speed:21 mph
    Barometer:30.04 in
    Dewpoint:8 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:57 a.m.
    Sunset:5:11 p.m.
    Excellent snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    Winter Arrives Early

      November 16, 2018 - Do you enjoy Fall? If you blinked, it looks like you missed it this year. But that’s OK — it just means the ski season will arrive quicker. The arrival of colder temperatures has allowed many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, as they charge towards opening dates.

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      December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.

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