This EPA posting indicates that SS is planning some trail expansion.http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-SPECIES/2005/September/Day-07/e17672.htm
My guess is this is related to the new Soaring Eagle Lodge and the planned replacement/relocation of the Widowmaker lift. My guess is they will widen the Widowmaker and or J-Hook and add a couple new runs around the ridge.
I copied one of the paragraphs below:
The applicant proposes to construct additional downhill ski slopes and expand an existing trail at Snowshoe, to accommodate the projected increase in skiers, particularly beginners and intermediate skiers, and the demand for skiable terrain. In connection with ski slope expansion, SMI proposes to complete a parking area expansion to alleviate traffic congestion as a result of the projected increased recreational use of the resort. Finally, SMI is proposing to develop an area in which to store some equipment, including snowplows, bulldozers, buses, trucks, earth graders, backhoes, and landscaping equipment. It is necessary to house this equipment in a centrally located area to ensure that heavy equipment traffic on the main road is minimized. The proposed activities are expected to remove approximately 43 acres of forest.