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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:270
Longest run:1.5 miles
Trails:60

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. To that, Snowshoe adds plenty of manmade snow. Snowshoe is a year-round destination resort, offering numerous lodging options, from economical to upscale. Snowshoe is also one of the few “inverted” ski resorts in the U.S.: the base facilities are located on the top of the mountain. In the summer, Snowshoe offers a range of recreational opportunities including mountain biking.

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.

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 the only part of Snowshoe lit for night skiing.

On weekends, the main Snowshoe area can become very crowded (with the base of the Ballhooter Express chairlift becoming a painful choking point), but the Western Territory and Silver Creek areas are usually less crowded. 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 over a dozen 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.

Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Vertical Drop: 1,500 feet
Base Altitude: 3,348 feet
Peak Altitude: 4,848 feet
Trails: 60 Trails:
  • 30% beginner
  • 24% intermediate
  • 46% expert
Skiable Acres: 270
Longest Run: 1.5 miles
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 multiple terrain parks at both the main Snowshoe area as well as the Silver Creek area. Parks at Silver Creek are lit for night riding.
Tubing Park: An 8-lane tube park is located at the Silver Creek area.
Address: 10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, WV 26209
Phone: (877) 441-4386
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.snowshoemtn.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Snowshoe

9:51 pm on December 6 / Elkins, Elkins-Randolph County-Jennings Randolph Field
 Fog/Mist
50° F
Fog/Mist
Humidity:96% Visibility:4.00
Wind Speed:0 mph Sunrise:7:22 a.m.
Barometer:30.13 in Sunset:4:59 p.m.
Dewpoint:49 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Tonight
rainy
Low: 44°
Showers Likely
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday
rainy
High: 53°
Showers
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then showers likely between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 53. West wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night
rainy
Low: 42°
Chance of Showers
A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 11 to 14 mph becoming north after midnight.
Thursday
rainy
High: 48°
Mostly Cloudy then Chance of Showers
A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

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


Snow conditions at Snowshoe

Snowshoe
Dec 5, 2022 at 7 am
Machine Groomed 65-65" base 17 of 60 trails open
3 of 14 lifts open

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Snowshoe for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.


News about Snowshoe

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Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
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