Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsSnowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, serves mid-Atlantic and Southeast skiers who can drive to the resort. It's a five-hour ride from Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, Columbus and Washington, D.C., where the nearest airport, Ronald Reagan National, is located. A small resort that caters to beginners and snowboarders, Snowshoe also offers runs for intermediate and expert skiers. The resort has three areas for skiing or riding: The Snowshoe Basin is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Western Territory is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and the Silver Creek area is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The MountainSnowshoe Mountain has a 4,848-foot elevation, and for its small size boasts a 1,500-foot vertical drop. The longest run is 1 1/2 miles. The season at Snowshoe runs from mid-December to early March. Snowshoe averages 180 inches of annual snow and snowmaking occurs on 100 percent of the mountain. The 235 acres of terrain, combined with the 60 trails, make this a worthy spot to enjoy some downhill action.
Trails And LiftsShowshoe has 14 lifts: Three of the lifts are high-speed quads, two are quad chairs, six are triple chairs and three are surface lifts. A whopping 45 percent of the lifts take skiers and boarders to beginner runs; the other half of the mountain is divided evenly between intermediate and expert runs. Snowshoe encourages snowboarders and has five terrain parks for all levels of boarders and freestyle skiers. About 21 acres, or 9 percent, of Snowshoe Mountain is devoted to enthusiasts who enjoy jumps, rails, half-pipes and banks.
In The NewsSnowshoe Mountain has its share of ski and snowboard history. For example, the Cupp Run in Showshoe's Western Territory was designed by 1968 Olympic French skier Jean-Claude Killy who won gold medals in three Alpine events. Snowshoe also hosts some exciting activities such as the Early Season Rail Jam, a snowboard event, an awesome College Winter Break party and a Burton Women’s Camp that lets women try snowboarding by using demo equipment without being intimidated by the pros.
CostA one-day adult lift ticket costs $59, but if guests prebook with lodging, the price is $53. Children 6 and younger ski free. Night skiing from 4:30 to 9 p.m. costs $42 for an adult or $38 with prebooking and lodging. Season tickets are also available: An adult pays between $399 and $529, depending on the purchase date. Discounts are available for students, seniors and the military. Guests can rent skis, boots and poles slope side for about $30, depending on whether or not the equipment is booked ahead of time. Lessons include kid programs, group lessons, private lessons and adaptive lessons in partnership with the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia. Beginner group lessons cost $45 and a one-hour private lesson costs $119.
Apres-SkiAfter a day on the slopes, guests of Snowshoe Mountain have access to many dining, nightlife and shopping choices. Every kind of comfort food imaginable is on or around the mountain, from burgers to pizzas to barbecue, at one of 20 establishments; sushi and Tex-Mex round out the mix. After dinner, guests can enjoy one of many clubs, including the Moonshine Watering Hole, the Comedy Cellar, Misty’s Sports Bar or live bands at The Connection. Shopping enthusiasts can enjoy themselves at 13 different shops at Snowshoe Mountain.
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Great winter fun and atmosphere await visitors to West Virginia's Snowshoe Ski Resort.