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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:
    8:55 am on May 4 / Hot Springs / Ingalls
    46° F
    Overcast
    Humidity:100%
    Wind Speed:8 mph
    Barometer:29.73 in
    Dewpoint:46 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:20 a.m.
    Sunset:8:14 p.m.
    Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. 

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    News about Snowshoe

    Distressed about the Lack of Snow? DCSki Presents Pictures of Snow.

      December 23, 2015 - There was once a time when it snowed in the Mid-Atlantic in December. Sadly, this is not one of those years. On Christmas Eve, temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-70s — possibly smashing records. As a public service, and to help you get through the next couple snowless weeks, DCSki presents this series of photos showing snow.

    El Niño Presents Challenge for Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas

      November 16, 2015 - It’s not too easy to run a ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic. Some winters bring banner amounts of snow, while others bring 70-degree days in the middle of January. With natural snow a wild card for all but the highest-elevation resorts, local ski areas live or die based on the amount of artificial snow they can make — and that requires low temperatures and low humidity. With another El Niño weather pattern settling into place, long-range forecasts suggest this could be a challenging winter for many Mid-Atlantic skiers and resorts.

    What’s New for 2015: Snowshoe Mountain Resort

      September 20, 2015 - With a significant investment in snowmaking upgrades, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort is hoping to open the revered Cupp Run trail earlier in the season. Additional enhancements include the addition of gladed skiing in the Western Territory.

    Firsthand Report: Springtime at Snowshoe

      March 12, 2015 - Days are getting longer but there’s still plenty of snow at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman check in with an early March trip report.

    Snowshoe’s Server Buckles under Load during “Ridiculous Pass” Sale

      February 17, 2015 - West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort began selling a “Ridiculous Pass” this morning, but with the resort’s web site and telephone lines seizing up under high demand, hundreds of potential customers found themselves staring at a broken web page in frustration, unable to purchase the pass.

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