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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.

For the 2020-2021 Winter Season, Snowshoe is making some changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resort will utilize capacity management, limiting inventory for lift tickets, lodging, lessons, rentals, shopping, dining, and adventure activities. Masks will be required at the resort. For the latest details on Snowshoe’s COVID-related policies, visit this web page.

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

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at Snowshoe as of Oct 12, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact Snowshoe directly before making a trip to verify current COVID-19 operating protocols. This information is provided by SnoCountry.

Masks Required:
Social Distancing Required:
Sanitization Stations Available:
Pass Protection:
Reservations Required:
Pre-Purchase Day Lift Tickets Recommended:
Resort COVID-19 web page: https://www.snowshoemtn.com/discover-snowshoe/safety-and-responsibility/covid-19
Resort COVID-19 pass protection page:
Resort COVID-19 reservations web page:

Trail Map

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Weather near Snowshoe

5:15 pm on January 25 / Hot Springs / Ingalls
Humidity:95% Visibility:0.15
Wind Speed:7 mph wind_SE Sunrise:7:32 a.m.
Barometer:29.85 in Sunset:5:33 p.m.
Dewpoint:33 °F
Marginal snowmaking conditions right now. Snowmaking
This Afternoon
rainy
High: 35°
Rain
Rain. High near 35. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight
cloudy
Low: 31°
Wintry Mix
Rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 3am, then freezing rain between 3am and 4am, then rain after 4am. Low around 31. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday
rainy
High: 44°
Rain Likely then Slight Chance of Rain
Rain likely before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain after 3pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
cloudy
Low: 28°
Mostly Cloudy then Mostly Cloudy and Breezy
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

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


Snow conditions at Snowshoe

Snowshoe
Jan 24, 2021 at 6 am
Machine Groomed 55-55" base 61 of 60 trails open
12 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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Hidden Valley, Massanutten, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe Announce Opening Dates
Article thumbnail November 20, 2019 - Thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures in November, four additional Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be kicking off their winter seasons by this weekend.
The Season So Far
Article thumbnail January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.
Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open
Article thumbnail December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.
The Season Begins! Mid-Atlantic Resorts Begin Opening
Article thumbnail November 22, 2018 - It’s not summer anymore. That will become abundantly obvious on Thanksgiving, when temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to plunge to their lowest turkey day reading in over a century. That’s allowed several resorts to move towards the “open” column.
Winter Arrives Early
Article thumbnail November 16, 2018 - Do you enjoy Fall? If you blinked, it looks like you missed it this year. But that’s OK — it just means the ski season will arrive quicker. The arrival of colder temperatures has allowed many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, as they charge towards opening dates.
Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards
Article thumbnail December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.
The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Article thumbnail February 23, 2017 - David Rappaport spent the recent holiday weekend at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, where fog and mild temperatures didn’t get in the way of some good skiing. David provides this Firsthand Report.

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