It’s April, and West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort isn’t content to end the season just yet. Although temperatures at the resort climbed into the 60’s on Saturday, the base depth remains a healthy 50-100 inches. Snowshoe will close the Silver Creek area on Sunday afternoon, but plans to keep the main Snowshoe area open until at least April 11.
“Since the Silver Creek area will be closed after Sunday, April 4, we wanted snowboarders to have a place of their own until we close later this month,” said Steve Rice, President of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
The solution? The resort decided to build a second all-snow halfpipe on the Skidder slope at the Snowshoe area, which opened on April 1. Through tomorrow, when the Silver Creek area closes, Snowshoe is the first and only resort in the Mid-Atlantic to offer two snowboarding halfpipes.
Surface conditions at Snowshoe are currently loose granular, with grooming occurring on select slopes. Temperatures this week will climb into the mid-40’s and lower-50’s, dropping to the upper-30’s at night. Snowshoe is offering $12 lift tickets through the end of the season.
Healthy amounts of snow in February and March allowed Snowshoe to rebound from what had been a lackluster season. The resort reports that skier visits shot up 5% in February and 28% in March, resulting in over 420,000 skier visits for the season. This puts Snowshoe in the top 5% of North American winter resorts in terms of skier visits. The West Virginia resort has another reason to celebrate: in the 1999 DCSki Annual Reader Survey, Snowshoe captured first place in all 10 categories, ranging from best snow conditions to best ski school to overall favorite resort. The survey asked readers to rate 17 local resorts in 10 categories.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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