With the 2017-18 winter season practically upon us, winter sports enthusiasts are no doubt busily preparing their equipment and making plans to head for their favorite slopes. To most people, the term ‘winter sports’ brings to mind locales such as the Colorado Rockies, Utah, Northern California, or various other ski resort areas generally associated with the western United States. Others may think of such notable European winter sports regions like the Swiss Alps, northern Italy, Norway, Austria and Switzerland. However, one of the fastest-growing and increasingly well-regarded winter sports locations in the eastern U.S. is beautiful Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
History of Snowshoe Mountain
Situated in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains chain of the ancient Appalachian Range, Snowshoe is located in West Virginia’s Pocahontas County in the small village of Snowshoe, near the towns of Elkins and Lewisburg. Now in its 43rd consecutive year of operation (opened in 1974), Snowshoe Mountain had previously been the site of extensive logging activity for over half-a-century. A successful ski resort developer, ‘Doc’ Brigham, took notice of Snowshoe’s unlimited potential, and although it took several years before his ambitious vision began to fulfill the promise he had hoped for, he was ultimately rewarded as Snowshoe Mountain soon became one of the East Coast’s most popular winter sport destinations. During the 1990s, Snowshoe underwent several expansion upgrades and improvements, most notably the development of a surrounding village that included condominiums and other commercial ventures as well as new ownership.
Snowshoe Mountain – An Island in The Sky
Snowshoe Mountain varies in elevation from between roughly 3,300 to 4,850 feet above sea level and offers skiers 244 acres of skiable terrain that features every imaginable skill level from the inexperienced novice beginner to the extremely challenging veteran. Snowshoe also provides night skiing in its Silver Creek area, and with 14 professionally staffed chairlifts that are capable of transporting more than 23,000 skiers an hour, annoying waiting time is virtually nonexistent. Snowshoe’s winter climate (average January temperature is 28° F.) provides absolutely near-perfect conditions for winter sports, receiving an average of 180 inches of annual snowfall, and even in the nearly unheard of occasion of a ‘snow drought,’ the resort has 100% snow-making capability, ensuring plenty of white powder for their visitors to enjoy.
Plenty of FUN at Snowshoe Mountain!
With 60 ski runs (the longest a thrilling mile-and-a-half), Snowshoe offers not only a unique skiing adventure guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding of enthusiast, the surrounding mountain scenery is of the breathtaking variety that is certain to please visitors who have an appreciation for unmatched sightseeing opportunities. In addition to Snowshoe’s world-class skiing, the resort also provides snowboarding, tubing, snow-cat tours, horseback riding, sleigh rides, nature hikes, and even offers in-season lessons in a variety of activities, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced winter sports fanatic. Younger visitors, as well as the entire family, will find nearly endless fun-filled activities (bounce houses, wall climbing, inflatable slides, zip-lines, etc) at The Big Top, a multipurpose facility that also hosts top-flight comedy and musical entertainment, movies and special events.
The Village at Snowshoe Mountain
At the quaint and charming Village at Snowshoe Mountain, visitors will find more than ample options when it comes to dining and shopping among the many retail outlets and wide variety of cafes, diners and restaurants, ranging from cozy home style to fine upscale cuisine. Lodging at Snowshoe Mountain is also top-rate and plentiful, whether your stay is for a day, overnight, a weekend or for an extended period. The many locally-operated inns and lodges are devoted to the comfort and enjoyment of their clientele, and for the adventurous visitors, Snowshoe-area cabin rental services feature numerous options, amenities and reasonable rates along with the not soon-to-be-forgotten experience of rustic living.
Within a short to medium drive from most East Coast metropolitan areas, Snowshoe Mountain is easily accessible, full of family activities and 100% ready to provide winter sports enthusiasts with a guaranteed satisfying adventure that will seem to not last nearly long enough.