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Fall Fun in Snowshoe WV

By on October 20, 2019

Snowshoe-WV-Autumn-ColorsSnowshoe Mountain, in Snowshoe WV, may best be known across the country for being a premier winter wonderland – offering skiing and snowboarding as major activities during that season. The winter operations typically run from late November to mid-March. From May through September, the game changes at Snowshoe Mountain. Visitors can indulge in hiking trails of varying difficulty, river sports, golfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, or ‘beach bumming’ at Shavers Lake, which is at the base of Snowshoe Mountain. If one considers September and/or Labor Day weekend to usher in Autumn, then there is still a variety of fall fun in Snowshoe, West Virginia.

Lodging at Snowshoe Mountain is largely condominium in style.  For dining pleasure, the Waffle Cabin, Foxfire Grill, Cheat Mountain Pizza Company, and even Starbucks are open for business winter through summer and are all highly rated.

Snowshoe WV Freefall FestivalThe last weekend in September, Snowshoe hosted its second annual FreeFall Festival. A good-bye of sorts to the summer. Entertainment included concerts by regional performers, food, games and mountain bike competitions. During October and much of November, Snowshoe Mountain becomes a quiet respite for the most part, as staff prepare for the onset of the winter ski and snowboard season. Information concerning Snowshoe Mountain and the varied amenities offered can be found on line.

Snowshoe WV is situated in Pocahontas County with an estimated population of 2800 residents. Its setting is the Allegheny Mountains. Fall foliage is said to be quite pronounced during September and much of October. Fall fun beyond Snowshoe Mountain includes farmers markets, concert performances by regional performers to include the Braya Brass Band and singer Kim Kalman. Additionally, in early October is the Huntersville Tradition Days. This 2-day event commemorates an earlier time in Appalatian culture. A walking tour – or the same by horse-and-buggy offers one opportunity to view apple butter being made, wool spun, pony rides, and even help make sorghaum. One can find a calendar of events throughout the year by visiting the Pocahontas County web site. The county is also home to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which hosts scheduled public tours and programs.

Fall fun in Snowshoe WV can be a perfect get-away for one needing a break from the mundane and/or stresses of daily life!

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Roadkill Cookoff Returns To Snowshoe WV

By on September 26, 2017

The next time you pass some good roadkill near Snowshoe West Virginia, don’t just think “dinner.” Think “Winner.” It’s time for the West Virginia Roadkill Cookoff!

roadkill cookoffFeatured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and the Discovery Channel, the annual Snowshoe WV Roadkill Cookoff is a unique culinary event that is returning to the Snowshoe Mountain area once again for 2017. In the Cook-off, amateur chefs from all over the country compete to prepare a dish in which the key ingredient is “any animal commonly found dead on the side of the road.” For mainstream roadkill aficionados, this could include deer, rabbit, and turkey. Edgy and innovative chefs might offer exotic dishes such as groundhog, opossum, squirrel, snake, and crow prepared with curry, sriracha, chipotle, or other spices to complement the bold flavors of the meat. In case you were wondering, none of it tastes like chicken.

Starting on September 29, the annual Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Roadkill Cookoff at Snowshoe Mountain should be a popular destination for both locals and tourists, with up to 10,000 people expected to attend each day through the 30th. If you are not competing in the Roadkill Cook-off, bring a good appetite, purchase a taster’s wristband, and get ready to sample the entries starting at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to put in your bid for the $150 People’s Choice prize to be awarded to the best-tasting and most attractively presented roadkill dishes.

This isn’t your grandma’s roadkill casserole. Expect to find solid hometown classics such as squirrel gravy over biscuits, but prize-winning entries of previous Snowshoe WV Roadkill Cookoff have been creative, including Chinese “Chef Boar-R-D” Noodles, Smashed “Pota-doe” Patties, or “I Wanna Iguana Nachos.” For the linen-napkin crowd, the Roadkill Cook-off competition has featured such dishes as “Venison from Venice,” a braised venison with lightly sauteed portobello mushrooms, toasted pecans, lime-infused rice, and cilantro pesto.

roadkill cookoffThinking about competing in the Roadkill Cookoff yourself or with a team? If you’ve ever passed a bear carcass in the woods and thought, “I bet this would go so well with a teriyaki glaze,” or come up with some tastily innovative solutions to the problem of the rabbits in your garden, the Snowshoe West Virginia Roadkill Cookoff might be the contest you’ve been waiting to join. Entry is free and the complete contest rules are available online. The top cash prize is worth $1200, and all participating teams not otherwise receiving an award will get $100. Don’t you think you should try? Anyone can make chicken. It takes a true adventurer to eat crow.

In evaluating your entry for the Roadkill Cook-off, the judges are looking for are taste, originality, presentation, and showmanship. 25% of the dish must be wild game, and, depending on the original location of the food, points may be deducted for asphalt or gravel. Luckily, all judges, the rules warn us, “have been tested for cast-iron stomachs.” Thankfully, they also have “sworn under oath to have no vegetarian tendencies,” since very few blocks of tofu are killed by passing cars. Make no mistake: The Roadkill Cook-off is definitely a festival for people who appreciate the value of good, hearty meat.

The Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Roadkill Cookoff is a great event to take in West Virginia’s unique blend of humor, rock-hard hometown toughness, and enthusiastic celebration of all that the beautiful fall season in this state has to offer. Come on over to Snowshoe Mountain for some one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, some outstanding local bands, and above all, this unique and unforgettable taste experience this September 29-30, 2017.

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Freefall Festival Returns To Snowshoe WV

By on August 22, 2017

freefall festivalIf you have no plans for Labor Day weekend (2017) this year and you’re traveling in the West Virginia area, you should consider coming to visit Snowshoe Mountain, a ski resort located in Snowshoe WV. But the reason to come here on Labor Day weekend isn’t to try out the slopes. It’s to take part in the activities of one of the Appalachian’s biggest arts and culture festivals – the 2017 Freefall Festival. This event lasts three days over Labor Day weekend from Friday to Sunday, and the schedule is planned out to make sure nobody misses a beat. The following events are a few reasons not to miss this festival.

Yoga Training Sessions Being Offered

You might have always thought of yoga as a crazy exercise done by females in snazzy pants, but you’ll be given a Wanderlust Snowshoechance to participate in the Freefall Festival yoga sessions – during which you’ll be shown how these positions help you both physically and mentally. Yoga styles will include inversion immersion, vinyasa, yoga mixed with a little bit of alcohol, and even a creative black light yoga where participants paint their face and body in creative colors to show how art and spiritual exercise intertwine. Come take part in this with an open mind and you’ll soon see why many celebrities and athletes take part in it.

Microbrew Activities at 2017 Freefall Festival

Snowshoe Winter Brew FestOne thing that the Freefall Festival boasts in is their locally-crafted spirits which you can get a full taste of if you participate in this event. You’ll get to drink of these exquisite brewed libations while watching various bands perform on the village stage. You’ll also enjoy a stunning display of fireworks on the final day of the festival. You should be aware that the price of admission to Microbrew Festival is cheaper at $20 if you register now before August 24, and then climbs to $25 the following week and then is $30 if you register the day it starts. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to save money by registering in Snowshoe Mountain now.

Live Performances And Community Appreciation

Homegrown Music FestivalFreefall Festival wouldn’t be what it is without the talent that will be put on display at this event with some of the nation’s finest artists in the folk, country, rock and a little bit of blues genres. In fact, kicking the weekend of performances off on Friday night will be West Virginia’s own The Boatmen band. This band started out small but is now gaining grounds to national recognition. And they’ll pave the way for performances by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, J Roddy Walston and the Business and Porch 40 among others. And during all these festivities all locals in the Snowshoe community will be thanked for their service through free passes to several of the area’s main attractions and fun activities such as a ziplining, chairlift rides and much more. You don’t want to miss out on what Snowshoe will bring during the 2017 Labor Day Freefall Festival weekend.