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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

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
  • 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:
    4:35 pm on February 9 / Hot Springs / Ingalls
    18° F
    Light Snow
    Wind Speed:18 mph
    Barometer:29.48 in
    Dewpoint:13 °F
    Visibility:5.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:19 a.m.
    Sunset:5:50 p.m.
    Excellent snowmaking conditions right now. 

    Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

    View weather forecast for Snowshoe
    Snow Conditions at Snowshoe:
    Feb 8, 2016 at 7 am
    Loose Granular 40-40" base 54 of 57 trails open
    12 of 14 lifts open

    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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    Reader Comments about Snowshoe

    2 years ago
    Ski’d there in April of this year - the latest that I have ever ski’d!!! Had a wonderful time!!
    2 years ago
    I just left Snowshoe this afternoon, I have skied there every 2 weeks since Jan 1, have to say the slopes have never been better all year. Hats off to the snow-making and grooming crews. After last years warm weather, it was sure nice to see Lower Shays in fantastic shape. But this is a place when you come and visit midweek, or for that matter in March, be prepared for some inconvenience. Seasonal staff have already begun to leave for summer jobs. The Restaurants will be closing or cutting days as patrons begin to dwindle. The resort is a long way from convenient stores and gas stations, so plan ahead. There is very little to no cell phone service in the area, because of the US government and National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank WV.
    2 years ago
    Don’t waste your time with Snowshoe. I’m 33 years old. My wife and I do a ski trip once a year and decided on Snowshoe this year. We were very disappointed and will never go back. We had our trip booked to stay March 4th and 5th at Expedition Station. We arrived a day early and booked a room at The Inn at Snowshoe. I’m sure it was nice when it was built but we have stayed at nicer Motel 8’s. Obviously no money is being put back into the building. Our room was dirty, the lady who checked us in acted like she was put out because we wanted a room for the night. Her name tag said Stacy. Breakfast buffet was outstanding. That was the best part of that stay. When we checked into Expedition station the next day that staff was rude. No cell phone service anywhere. You can only make a long distance call from a calling card and the shops to buy these close earlier than expected. The slopes close at 4:30 every day. You can ski at another close by resort but you have to drive or be shuttled there. Why would I spend the extra money to stay slope side to have to drive to another resort to ski? I walked to a nearby shop to buy a sweat shirt. The only one I liked in the entire place was my size and everything, when I went to pay for it the lady told me she couldn’t sell it to me because the tag was missing and she didn’t know how much to charge me for it. I told her to give me a price I really like it and she said “sorry, I can’t sell it to you”.
    We walked to to pool and there was a life guard which was nice but there was a lot of college kids getting drunk in the hot tub which was allowed and tolerated by the life guard. We were annoyed after 10 minutes and went to our room. My wife said “lets rent a movie tonight at the store down the road”. I agreed. so we left the pool and found the store which was closed at 8:00 PM. We had to drive to the bottom of the mountain 6 miles away to buy any snacks, popcorn, etc. There were other issues that I could explain but I think you get my point. We had enough tonight and drove home a day early instead of staying until tomorrow.
    We went to Holiday Valley last year and the trip was absolutely perfect. The staff from Snowshoe along with all other patrons gave the perception to my family that “you should be greatful that we let you come here”. Instead of the perception that should be made, “Welcome, thanks for coming, were glad your here,let us know if we can do anything to make your stay more enjoyable.”

    If any Snowshoe representitive would like to contact me please leave a name and number and I will contact you. Or if you want to contact me directly we stayed in room 326. All of you readers I will let you know if anybody from snowshoe was interested in hearing from me.
    Shout it from a mountaintop.
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