With 60 trails of beginner cruisers, thrilling steeps and five terrain parks across three West Virginia mountain areas – Snowshoe Basin Area, Silver Creek Area and Western Territory Area – Snowshoe Mountain boasts the most open terrain in the southeast.
The resort in Pocahontas County is also known for being one of few to offer night skiing, with 12 of the 18 trails at Silver Creek Area, open past 4 p.m.
Snowshoe Mountain has 257 acres of skiable terrain, with a 1,500 ft vertical drop from the 4,848 summit. There are 14 lifts accessing the runs that are ranked 34 percent beginner, 36 percent intermediate and 30 percent advanced/expert. The longest run at Snowshoe is 1.5 miles. The area gets about 180 inches of snowfall annually and snowmaking covers 100 percent of the ski resort. Snowshoe has a unique offer as well: their “Snow Guarantee” means that guests get a free day of skiing or snowboarding at Snowshoe in the future, if another resort in the region has better terrain conditions on that day. Snowshoe also has an 8-lane tubing park, as well as ice skating and sleigh rides. The season at Snowshoe is shorter – running from late November under late March or early April, depending on conditions. Some note that the best conditions are early in the season, close to the resort’s opening date.
Snowshoe has a Ski & Snowboard School that offers private and group lessons for children, teens and adults. Snowshoe also has an adaptive winter sports program. The resort has ski and snowboard rental shops at the bases. There are also three nearby rental shops with competitive prices, including Elk River Snowboard & Ski. Snowshoe is an Ikon Pass destination. The resort has slopeside dining as well as lodging.
From family-run lodges to the resort’s larger residences and condos, there is a range of accommodation options at Snowshoe. Just across from the Western Territory and at the top of the Powder Monkey chairlift, the Corduroy Inn has a ski-in/ski-out location with an on-site restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Amenities include a breakfast basket with house-made granola and fresh-baked muffins delivered to your room each morning. Allegheny Springs is in the center of th Village, next to the Ballhooter lift, and has a library and sitting area; a ski storage unit, heated outdoor pool, sauna and fitness center. The Springs has traditional hotel rooms to three-bedroom units. Full kitchens and balconies are in every accommodation option at the Mountain Lodge, also in the village, steps away from shops and restaurants. There is building-wide Wi-Fi access, a game room and an indoor lounge with movies ( www.snowshoemtn.com ).
Snowshoe Mountain has dining options for most budgets and time constraints, from snacks to take with you on the lifts, to long family dinners with views of the peaks. “Views, blues, and barbecue” is promised at the Foxfire Grille, in the Village, offering up barbecue ribs and salmon, along with Coca-Cola-glazed roasted chicken, followed by the house apple dumplings ( www.foxfiregrille.com ). Known for its creative, health-conscious menu, the Restaurant at Elk River has menu items like the cast iron sourdough cornbread and local rainbow trout appetizer, followed by a pepper-crusted ribeye or a shepherd’s pie made with local lamb ( www.elkriverinnandrestaurant.com ). Eat in, or get a hoagie to go at Cheat Mountain Pizza in the Mountain Village. The menu is made up of options ranging from pizza and calzones to grinders and hoagies, along with a craft beer selection and large-screen entertainment for winter sports events ( www.snowshoemtn.com ).
By air, the closest airport to Snowshoe Mountain is Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, West Virginia, about 44 miles away. The closest large airport is Charleston International Airport. There are shuttles and car rental counters at both airports.
By car, Lewisburg is about an hour and a half from Snowshoe Mountain. Charleston is about three hours away. Snowshoe is approximately four hours from Washington, DC and the Richmond, Virginia metro area.
Once here there is a free shuttle that transports guests to and from the base areas, along the main lodging route. Snowshoe also has taxi and private shuttle options and many accommodations also offer complimentary transportation for their guests.