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GNCC Snowshoe – The Race Continues 2018

By on June 14, 2018

Get Ready for the GNCC Snowshoe WV

GNCC SnowshoeMark your calendars! On Sunday, June 23rd and Monday, June 24th, 2018, the challenging Grand National Cross-Country series (GNCC Snowshoe) will resume, with the next leg of this fierce competition scheduled to occur in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Widely regarded as one of the most difficult off-road races in the country, the contest involves hundreds of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorbikes, and utility-task vehicles (UTVs). The series occurs over a variety of courses scheduled in different locations set a few weeks apart.

Visit the Snowshoe WV Resort to Watch an Epic Event

If you enjoy the exciting sport of off-road racing, you likely already possess a lot of information about the Grand National Cross Country (“the GNCC”) series. The GNCC Snowshoe race can trace its origins to West Virginia, where an off-road racing enthusiast named Dave Coombs launched the Blackwater-100 outside the small town of Davis during the 1970s. It involved a perilous track of 100 miles crossing rough, unforgiving terrain.

Over the years, the famous race expanded into the GNCC, a series of challenging off-road courses. At the same time, the entry classes available for off-road racing participants in the GNCC Snowshoe increased (to 107) and the length of the course in each series decreased from the original 100 miles. This event now draws off-road racing pros, amateurs, and spectators from around the world. Later this month, you’ll enjoy a wonderful opportunity to attend one of the GNCC races in beautiful Snowshoe WV, a center for winter skiing and athletic competitions on Snowshoe Mountain.GNCC Snowshoe

Come for the GNCC SNowshoe Race, Stay for The Vacation of a Lifetime!

The timing of this leg of the GNCC Snowshoe will please participants who choose to attend the June 23-24th Series in conjunction with a vacation in the area. The Snowshoe Mountain WV Resort serves as the venue for this series in the GNCC. However, it also offers a variety of entertaining activities for visitors: hiking, bicycle riding, golfing, clay shooting, horseback riding, lake activities, and many other tourist attractions. The facility includes a popular spa furnishing outstanding opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Additionally, visitors enjoy a variety of shopping and fine dining options.

In addition to luxurious accommodations, the resort supplies fun outdoor and leisure classes (including Yoga, Archery, and a Kid’s Camp). Concerts, special events, and even a local railroad tour provide guests with an appealing list of fun activities. The lovely Snowshoe WV scenery creates an alluring backdrop for all these exciting summer pursuits.

See the GNCC Snowshoe Race in Person

This series of the GNCC bills itself as “the ultimate test” for participants in the sport of cross-country racing. Set on the slopes of West Virginia’s premier ski resort, the race occurs within a designated area used for off-road activities. In addition to their GNCC entry fees paid to the race sponsors, participants and spectators should plan on purchasing 2018 ski lift tickets to reach this venue. The event includes many fun-filled activities, including a zip lining course.

GNCC SnowshoeSome participants will want to arrive a bit early to attend a golf tournament on Friday beginning at 9. a.m. at the resort’s Raven Club. It will help raise money for the 2018 ISDE US trophy team representing the United States during the International Six Days Enduro race in Chile conducted in November – one of the oldest off-road motorcycle races. Some of the GNCC race classes will commence competitions on Friday evening and many amateur races take place on Saturday. Saturday’s events will include a 6 p.m. graduation ceremony for youth who participated in the off-road training events sponsored through GNCC racing. Demonstration rides for Yamaha off-road vehicle occur on both Saturday and Sunday.

Snowshoe WV Restaurants

Participants and spectators attending the June 23rd and June 24th series of the GNCC will appreciate the availability of dining facilities at the Snowshoe WV resort. Whether you feel a sudden urge for coffee and donuts or an insatiable craving for Cheat Mountain Pizza, you’ll appreciate the rich variety of fare available. Satisfy hunger before, during, and after arduous racing!

People attending this event discover no fewer than five dining facilities here. Your bistro options include: Starbucks, Foxfire Grille, Cheat Mountain Pizza, Old Spruce Café and Tavern, and The Junction Restaurant and Saloon. The latter establishment offers full breakfasts (as well as main meals).

Arrive a Week Early or Leave a Week Late

GNCC SnowshoeAdditional information about the Snowshoe WV resort will interest people attending the GNCC series here later this month. If you have the time to arrive at the mountain a few days early, you’ll want to catch the annual Wine and Jazz Festival conducted here between June 15th and June 16th. This regular event includes a formal wine tasting capped off by a magnificent Sunday morning brunch. Purchase tickets for events on Saturday and Sunday separately, or plan on attending both days (you can even opt to participate in the brunch alone).

The week following the GNCC series, visitors enjoy an opportunity to attend Community Appreciation Days conducted between June 28th and July 1st. The resort offers residents of nearby Randolph, Webster and Pocahontas Counties free weekend passes to participate in this celebration of Snowshoe Mountain. Local people attending the GNCC won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Affordable lodging can be sparse and difficult to find during this very popular event! It is suggested that you make a reservation well in advance of the event – ideally several months ahead of time. To check availability visit Mountaintop Condos or call (304) 355-9553.

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Wine and Jazz Festival Returns to Snowshoe

By on June 6, 2018

Wine and Jazz Snowshoe WVOh, sweet summer children, your months have finally come! So, it’s time to celebrate the season at the Snowshoe Mountain Wine and Jazz Festival. A mere fifteen-hundred minutes west of the nation’s capital sits an augustly alpine oasis, Snowshoe Mountain. There, the air is crisp and the atmosphere restorative. In Snowshoe WV, trees meditate, wildflowers sway and bunnies bound; it’s a quixotic bucolic getaway.

Yearly, during West Virginia’s profligate display of organic summer splendor, Snowshoe serves as stage to one of the region’s most enjoyable fetes, the Taste of the Mountain Wine and Jazz Festival. Work-worn guests arrive on the evening of Friday, June 15th; on Sunday the 17th, they checkout rested and ready to win the week.

This year’s program is a tour de force featuring wine pairing opportunities, a grand tasting event and stellar musical performances. Think of it as Coachella for the mid-Atlantic wine-and-cheese set.

This year’s program kicks off at 7:00pm on Friday, June 15th, with a “wine pairing experience.” Project Natale, a 30-year-seasoned jazz quartet, will play you into the night. Feel like cutting a rug? Shed your subdued thing and shake your groove thing!Wine and Jazz Snowshoe WV

The next morning, leisurely awake and take your pick of breakfast options. During the day, book a massage, go for a hike or dive into a book on your balcony. But make it to Skidder Slope by 4:00pm for some smooth jazz, gourmet food samplings, and, of course, plenty of good wine — barefoot kangaroos need not apply. (Are you sure you’re not in Verbier right now? Are you positive that isn’t Prince William doing “the dad shuffle” on the dance floor?)

On Saturday, between 3:30pm and 5:15pm, adult contemporary artists Shane Meade and the Sound will kick off the day’s dulcet sets. Self-described as “soul-infused folk rock, with a splash of jazz and mountain funk,” Shane Meade and company always delight.

Wine and Jazz Snowshoe WVThen, at 5:30pm, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., a homegrown West Virginian and America’s Got Talent winner, will take the stage and proceed to rock your audible socks. At 9:45pm, Shane Meade and crew come back for a late night acoustic set.

On Sunday, awake and head to the al fresco brunch before checking out, hopping in the car, and cruising back home, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Does that sound like a plan? Go here to snatch up your tickets for the Snowshoe Wine and Jazz Festival. Treat yourselves to a tranquil, gorgeous getaway; because yes, you do deserve it.

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Snowshoe Mountain Biking – Fun For All Ages

By on May 30, 2018

Snowshoe Mountain BikingSpring is in the air at Snowshoe Mountain, and that means miles of Snowshoe mountain biking trails to explore! With almost 40 mountain biking trails and 1,500 FT. of vertical descents, there are miles of beautiful, scenic, and challenging trails to explore. And if you’re not a pro, don’t worry – our trails cater to all ages and abilities, so you’ll always have a chance to challenge yourself or take it easy if you’re just learning to ride a mountain bike. Our premier bike park opens for the 2018 season on May 24, and we look forward to seeing you there!

If you’ve never visited Snowshoe Mountain before, now’s the perfect time to stop by. Snowshoe Mountain is located in Snowshoe WV, which resides in stunning Pocahontas County. The mountain is a ski resort in the winter time, but it changes to a mountain bike park from late spring through early fall. This means year-round outdoors fun for the entire family, and it makes the mountain a popular destination in all seasons. Snowshoe Mountain BikingA unique feature of our award-winning bike park, which is ranked one of the top bike parks on the East Coast and nationwide, is that it caters to, and welcomes, riders of all abilities.

Upon arriving, you’ll notice ski lifts that take you up both sides of the mountain. The steeper side of the mountain is called Western Territory. This area is a playground for expert and advanced mountain bikers. Harrowing descents, hairpin turns, and obstacle-laden trails are what you’ll find on this challenging side of the mountain. Some features are natural, but you’ll also find a number of man-made obstacles too, like challenging rock gardens and jumps. In fact, there’s even a separate trail, called Skyline, that’s packed with jumps. Skyline is a popular trail for intermediate riders and those wanting to do stunts, as it offers more gradual descents and lets riders practice getting air. Drops and gap jumps appear on some of our most technically challenging trails, such as Hareball Snowshoe Mountain Bikingand Pro DH. Be forewarned that these trails aren’t for the faint at heart! While the pros can go to town on the western slopes, the other side of the mountain is much more laid-back and beginner-friendly. If you’re new to Snowshoe mountain biking or if you’re bringing the family biking for the day, this side is a great place to start. This side is called the Basin Territory, and you can get there via the Ballhooter Lift. Although many of the Basin’s trails are beginner-friendly, there are some intermediate trails with more challenging terrain too, which makes it a perfect place to advance your Snowshoe mountain biking skills. Gentle slopes, easy grades, and fun flow trails, including the ever-popular Dreamweaver, are what riders will find on this side of the mountain.

If you think that Snowshoe mountain biking sounds fun, but you don’t have a bike of your own gear, worry not! We have plenty of mountain bikes for you to choose from, which you will find at the Mountain Adventure Center. We carry a number of Specialized bikes for riders of all ages and ability levels, which ensures a good fit for all. When you stop by the center, you’ll have a choice of downhill, freeride, and cross country bikes to choose from. Downhill bikes have a full suspension system for comfortable riding. They have a lower center of gravity than other types of mountain bikes, which makes them easier to steer. They’re also easier to control at higher speeds. Downhill bikes are quite durable too, snowshoe mountain bikingwhich means they can withstand rougher play. While downhill bikes are good for maintaining control going down steep slopes, freeride bikes are better for tackling obstacles on the trail, like going over jumps, rocks, and roots. They’re comparatively lighter and more agile than downhill bikes, which makes them a better choice for handling technical terrain. Many freeride bikes have shorter wheelbases than downhill bikes, which makes them easier to steer on more technical parts of trails. Cross Country bikes are another option for mountain bikes to rent. They’re made for cross country trails, which contain a combination of forested trails and smooth dirt trails. If you’re into road riding too, you can think of Cross Country bikes as the “cyclocross” equivalent of the mountain bike world. Cross Country bikes are some of the lightest weight bikes in the mountain bike family. Most have fork suspension systems, and some have rear suspension systems too. Ask about any of these bikes at our rental center, as well as options for children. Along with bicycles, we rent out protective equipment including full face helmets, protective pads for knees, shins, and elbows, and protective body suits. For convenience, you can call or go online to ask about our bikes and gear and reserve whatever bikes and equipment you need.

snowshoe mountain bikingAlong with rentals, we also offer mountain biking lessons and tours. Snowshoe mountain biking lessons range from teaching the basics to beginning mountain bikers to working one-on-one with advanced riders to develop new skills and techniques. One of the most popular classes for novice riders is Mountain Biking 101, which teaches riders the skills they need to ride through the park’s trails with confidence and ease. In addition to lessons, we offer mountain bike tours, which are popular with families, couples, and those wanting to check out the mountain’s most beautiful and scenic trails at a relaxed pace.

After a long day of skiing or riding, you’d be missing out without taking a lift up to the spectacular Snowshoe Mountain Village, where you can enjoy the other amenities that Snowshoe Mountain has to offer. Restaurants, hot tubs, bars, and shopping stores are some highlights of the village. At the end of the day, stop in to the resort’s spa for a luxury treatment like a facial or well-deserved hot stone massage. Get a delicious meal at the family-friendly Foxfire Grille, or head to the beautiful Raven Grille for an elegant dinner and drinks. Then, head on over to your own trail-side condo. For lodging, check out trail-side accommodations from Mountaintop Condos. Lockers available for rent (limited quantity).

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Wanderlust 2018 Lands In Snowshoe WV

By on May 11, 2018

Wanderlust is a transformational festival that ignites and delights the senses of attendees through yoga, meditation, music, art, cuisine, and more! The event is coming to the beautiful Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe WV in June 2018. While it is heavily centered on yoga and meditation, Wanderlust is a well-balanced and eco-conscious event nestled in nature.

Picturesque Terrains of Snowshoe WV

Wanderlust SnowshoeThe 3-day event will be set in Pocahontas County, renowned for its beautiful sunsets and sunrises that paint the backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains. Snowshoe WV is nothing short of picturesque, with its diverse plant and animal life, sprawling hills, and lush greenery. With Shavers Lake nearby, attendees experience a diverse landscape that includes water, mountains, and forests. Snowshoe is famed for its winter months when tourists flock to the area to engage in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. In the warmer months, the area comes to life with immense greenery. The climate is ideal, the days are warm averaging in the 70’s with cooler evenings. Between the landscape and climate, Snowshoe is the perfect environment for a festival!

Transform At Wanderlust

Wanderlust brings the knowledge and guidance of world-class teachers to the festival’s attendees. The event celebrates a new approach to living, an approach that diverges from the mainstream narrative of an ordinary life. Through mindful actions, festival attendees gather to learn and share. They reconnect to themselves, their peers, and the natural world.Wanderlust Snowshoe

The festival is a blissful adventure for those who come to practice and grow. It is the combination of experiences and interactions that enhance patrons lives and outlooks. Ultimately, the experiences patrons have at Wanderlust are meant to be taken home and practiced in daily life. Through the festival’s events, patrons are given the opportunity to develop and sharpen life-transforming skills.

Strengthen Your Yoga Practice

Wanderlust SnowshoeWanderlust offers a wide range of yoga and meditation practices for all levels. Advanced yogis can be challenged by a fast-paced vinyasa flow. Beginners or individuals looking for a more mellow practice can unwind during a soft yin yoga practice. Unconventional yoga classes like aerial and paddle-board courses are also offered.

A variety of yoga styles are offered, covering all tastes. Whether you want to try yoga for the first time or expand on the moves you already know, Wanderlust’s event schedule has you covered. This year, yogi teachers Chelsey Korus, Tiffany Cruikshank, Caley Alyssa, Liza Dousson, Bibi Lorenzetti, and many more will be on site to guide yogis in their practice.

Dance to the Music

Wanderlust takes a unique approach to incorporating music into the festival’s activities. There are musical performances for patron’s dancing and listening enjoyment. However, this is not music’s only role in the event.
Some practices are even guided by live music. Patrons are exposed to music that resonates with them and aligns with the energy they’ve come to harness in their practice and daily lives. Festival attendees leave with more than just enhanced skills, but a playlist that coincides.

Play Outside

Snowshoe WVGreenbrier-River-Trail-bikers-lrg was meant to be an outdoor playground, making it a great venue for Wanderlust. Wanderlust offers plenty of opportunities to play outside! Explore the mountain trails on a bike or by foot with mountain biking and trail running excursions. Catch a sunset over the Allegheny mountains with an evening hike. A variety of outdoor activities are accessible, with impact levels ranging widely. Patrons can partake in social adventures or journey solo to engage in self-reflection.

Enjoy Local Cuisine

Wanderlust offers more than soul food, it offers delicious locally-grown sustenance too! Farm-to-table is the cuisine theme at the event. Organic ingredients nourish your body and provide the support needed to play hard all day into the night. The chefs and vendors are handpicked, offering inspiring dishes that will ignite your senses.

Educate Yourself at the Speakeasy Talks

Wanderlust SnowshoeWanderlust offers educational classes and lectures taught by highly experienced individuals. Some of the world’s greatest leaders gather to share ideas on the topics of personal growth, the environment, and health-conscious living. This year’s lineup includes health and wellness guru Davidji. He will be present to share his wealth of knowledge on how to live a more peaceful and mindful existence.

Connect at The Uncommons

Social butterflies flutter throughout The Uncommons, deepening connections with friends new and old. Amidst all the activities, this is a place where patrons can simply be. Some sit to observe the space around them while others fuel up on nutrient-rich snacks and make new acquaintances. The Uncommons is a meeting ground for festival attendees, artists, performers, and teachers, a place where a community is created.

Shop Handmade Goods at the Kula Market

The Kula Market offers handcrafted items from local artists. Patrons can shop beautiful gem jewelry and other wares. The Kula Market presents a unique opportunity to connect with the hands that craft your goods and shop for unique items.

Rest Up

The event offers camping and indoor lodging accommodations so that you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest before you begin the day’s activities. Attendees are able to camp at the base of Snowshoe Mountain for a truly nature-based experience. Individuals interested in more luxurious accommodations can opt to book lodging at the Snowshoe resort.

Wanderlust SnowshoeThe euphoria doesn’t end at the end of the 3-day event either. The Wanderlust festival has its own Youtube channel known as Wanderlust TV. It’s a place where viewers can tune in for guided yoga practices and much more! The journey simply begins at the Wanderlust festival but continues long after.

Ultimately, Wanderlust is about connecting with yourself, your food, the environment, and your community. It is a gathering that brings together like-minded individuals for 3 days to engage in deep and meaningful interactions. As a yoga festival, the event is centered on mindful action and dedicating yourself to an integral practice. Wanderlust is a place to unplug from everyday life and recharge what fuels your soul all while catching a beautiful view in Snowshoe!

Cass Railroad

Cass Scenic Railroad – A West Virginia Treasure

By on April 19, 2018

Cass Scenic Railroad

Cass, West Virginia is a quaint little town that is only a ten minute drive from Snowshoe WV. Although this region is best known for it’s winter time skiing, the warmer months have much to offer the visiting tourist. Originally a logging company town for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass has managed to preserve the look and feel of an old time neighborhood. Visiting Cass is like stepping back in time.
 
The old company houses have been restored, and they can be rented out as vacation cottages. While staying in town, guests can tour the train depot and museum to better understand this town’s historical charm. The Company Store is a great place to find unique gifts and crafts as well as souvenir items.
 
The hot spot for dining in Cass is The Last Run Restaurant. Housed in one of the town’s oldest buildings, diners have an excellent view of the Greenbrier River and the railroad tracks. The big windows not only offer amazing views, but they let in plenty of natural light. Down home favorites are served with a large variety of desserts and ice cream to finish with.

The main attraction in this cozy little town is Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Here one can ride a steam-driven locomotive through some of the area’s most beautiful countryside. Located in the West Virginia mountains, this historical trip lets passengers get an up-close view of the wilderness.

Cass Scenic Railroad

Built in 1901, this is the same railroad route used to haul lumber long ago. In fact, the trains themselves are original. The flat bed logging cars have been refurbished into passenger cars for this scenic ride. The highlight of the trip is a stop at Bald Knob. Dress warm. This is West Virginia’s highest point at an altitude of 4,700 feet.
 
For those who want to venture just outside of Cass, there are many more attractions waiting. Five miles away is Snowshoe Mountain Resort. During the winter months guests will discover the best skiing and snowboarding in the area. Promoted as a four seasons’ resort, summer time brings opportunities to golf, zip-line, archery, or go mountain biking. There is also the Handley Wildlife Management Area that has both tent and trailer camping with plenty of fishing and boating on their lake. No matter what your interests, you’ll find plenty for everyone to enjoy.
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Mountain Biking in Snowshoe – Downhill Fun!

By on April 3, 2018

snowshoe wv mountain bikingSnowshoe Mountain Biking Park is at the top of its class, offering almost 40 trails, with a total of 1,500 feet of descent among them. Miles of gutsy downhill slopes or smoother, rolling hills are all found in the park. One can choose to take a predominately downhill, or a more cross-country route; it’s up to the rider. Navigate your own ideal mountain biking experience.

The idea of flying down mountain trails may seem daunting to a beginner. For such riders, the park offers guided tours, or private bike lessons, to warm one up to the sport. Experience level is not a factor at Snowshoe; everyone is confident and having a blast by the end of the day!

snowshoe wv mountain bikingRegardless of skill level- seasoned mountain biker, intermediate hobbyist, or thrill-seeker looking for a fun challenge- Snowshoe WV is home to one park that has everything one could look for. Take in the beauty of Pocahontas County from some of its most exciting downhill slopes.

Summer in Snowshoe is one of the most magnificent scenes any artist could portray. Clear mountain air, a beautiful lake, pine trees and prairie grass all meet up to form a breathtaking backdrop for your mountain biking experience, and the well-kept dirt trails add a rugged and athletic touch to its natural beauty.

Mountain Biking is Affordable at Snowshoe WV

snowshoe wv mountain bikingThe rush of mountain biking is affordable and easy in Snowshoe WV. You don’t have to be a mountain bike owner to be a mountain biker! One adult can hit the trail and ride all day on a professional downhill bike for only $149, and bring a child along for just another $59. Bike gear is available to rent for the day, maximizing your ride. Exciting hours of intense, athletic fun doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!

For more information on mountain biking in Snowshoe WV, visit the park’s website. For trail-side lodging at affordable pricing, visit Mountaintop Condos for great deals.

Green Bank Telescope

Green Bank Telescope – NRAO

By on March 4, 2018

Green Bank Telescope

Less than 16 miles and 25 minutes away from Snowshoe WV lies the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Hosting a staggering 40,000 visitors each year, the NRAO in Green Bank is host to the largest maneuverable astronomical telescope in the world, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. With guided bus tours of the telescopes, a StarLab planetarium, and hands-on activities, the NRAO in Green Bank, WV is an astronomical adventure for guests of all ages.

What is Radio Astronomy?
In order to properly appreciate your visit to the NRAO, you must first have a proper handle on what you are visiting. Radio Astronomy is a branch of astronomy that deals with radio frequencies emitted from celestial objects. The first detection of radio waves from a celestial body was in the 1930s by Karl Jansky. Since that time, many various sources of astronomical radio waves have been discovered including stars, quasars, galaxies, and many more.

What makes Green Bank special?
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia features the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the largest maneuverable radio telescope in the world. At 485 feet (148 meters) tall and 17 million pounds (7.7 million kilograms), the GBT is the largest moving object on land. Despite its sizable mass, over the course of a year, it is able to see 85% of the celestial sphere. The GBT receives signals in the staggering range of 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) to 3 meters (9 feet) in wave-length. The Observatory is also used for training for both students and teachers, various public outreach and educational programs, and assorted other scientific research.

So why should you visit?
Green Bank TelescopeFeaturing a science center, tours, gift shop, cafe and special events, the NRAO is scientific fun for the whole family. Begin your visit to the NRAO at the Green Bank Science Center where you experience fascinating science demonstrations; you then head to the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope where your personal tour guide leads you on an up-close and personal view of the world’s largest maneuverable telescope. Following the tour, participate in kid-friendly, interactive exhibits and discover the displays of the exhibit hall. Make your way to the Galaxy Gift Shop where you can find various astronomical souvenirs and gifts to remember your extraordinary experience. Finally, end your visit in the Starlight Cafe where you can feast on assorted fare from deli sandwiches to soft-serve ice cream. If you’re looking for something truly special, participate in one of the many special events hosted throughout the year.

When should you visit?
Summer – Every day from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Fall – Thursday through Monday 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Winter and Spring – Thursday through Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

How much does it cost?
Tour fees are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, children age 7 to 12 are $3.50, and children age 6 and under are free. There is no charge, however, for exploring the exhibit hall.

Do you have questions? Would you like to schedule a group tour?
Call (304) 456-2150 or visit the Green Bank Science Center on Facebook

Highland Scenic Highway

Highland Scenic Highway is Unspoiled Nature

By on July 28, 2017

Highland Scenic Highway

If the beauty of unspoiled nature is your passion than the Highland Scenic Highway near Snowshoe WV is for you. The Highland Scenic Highway is entirely surrounded by the 19,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. It is 43 miles of natural beauty. This quiet two-lane highway is not spoiled by houses, businesses or any man-made structures. It is God’s country from start to finish. The elevations along the route have scenic views that will take your breath away. You are surrounded by majestic maple, oak and spruce trees as far as the eye can see.

Hike The Majestic Highland Scenic Highway

If you would like to take a walk during your scenic drive you can take Route 39/55 which leads you to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. This road is pristine and has many interesting stops along the way. These include a half-mile wooden walkway that penetrates a 750-acre Cranberry Glades Botanical Area surrounded by blogs. This wooden walkway protects the natural ecosystem of the area while adding beauty.

Highland-Scenic-HighwayNature-made waterfalls can also be found. The Falls of Hills Creek is a gorge that holds three waterfalls. The waterfalls were formed from the unstable layering of shale and sandstone which is exposed adding to their beauty. There is a wide range of plant life as well. Hills Creek is known for its beautiful wildflowers that bloom in the spring.

Grab A Pole And Go Fishing

If fishing is your passion, there are prime trout waters in the Williams River at several points along the route. Hunting and hiking are also possible along the Highland Scenic Highway. If you are lucky enough to be able to stay for more than a day there are three designated campground areas where you can stay and enjoy natures unspoiled beauty as long as you would like.

Due to the undisturbed nature of the Highland Scenic Highway it is not advisable to take this route in the wintertime. It is not snow plowed or disturbed in any way so traveling could be treacherous.

Treasure on the Mountain

Treasure on the Mountain Returns to Snowshoe WV

By on July 24, 2017

Treasure On The MountainImagine a place where the beauty of the outdoors meets a vibrant mountain community. Look no further than Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe WV. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is “the” destination for adventurers during both summer and winter! Skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as ziplining, hiking, and a camp for kids in the summer. Snowshoe also features activities like golf, yoga, mountain biking and an onsite spa.
 
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is also known for its jam-packed event calendar. For the summer, there is an upcoming 5k run, music, and a brewery event. In the midst of this active resort is a giving spirit. The Snowshoe Foundation raises funds for initiatives that support local communities. These funds get distributed by way of scholarships.
 
Treasure on the Mountain is a large summer event that serves to engage visitors and the community alike. The Snowshoe Foundation is holding its annual Treasure on the Mountain raffle on August 5th, 2017.Treasure On The MountainDesigned to benefit Snowshoe WV, proceeds from the raffle will go back into programs that focus on children, youth, and family. The Snowshoe Foundation aims to improve the lives of residents and make Pocahontas County a better place to live.
 
The event features great food, music, local vendors, and enthusiastic patrons. The party is a great time that ensures that everyone in attendance will have fun regardless of if they have a winning ticket or not. It features vehicles, trips, and other items like a hot tub and jewelry thanks to the support of sponsors. It is the raffle of all raffles! Just a few of the prizes that will be given away include:
 
  • 2017 Jeep Renegade 4×4
  • Craftsman Pro Series Tractor w/ Bagger & Mulching Kit
  • 2017 Dodge Challenger V6
  • 2017 Sportsman 450
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4
  • Hot Springs Rhythm 7 Person Hot Tub
  • 2017 Polaris General 1000
  • 5-night Bahama Cruise for 4 People
  • Ford F150 Crew Cab 4×4
Treasure On The MountainTickets for the event are $105 each and can be purchased online or from locations around town. View the list of participants here. Ticket holders need not attend the event to win. Treasure on the Mountain is one of three fundraisers that the Foundation hosts to raise money that benefits communities in the Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties of West Virginia.
 
The Snowshoe Foundation is still accepting volunteers to help with the treasure on the Mountain event. They also accept donations through their website. Visit the Snowshoe Foundation to learn more about the work they do.
camp wildcat

Adventure Awaits at Camp Wildcat in Snowshoe WV

By on July 20, 2017

Set in the midst of 11,000 pristine acres of wilderness, Snowshoe WV is famous as one of the region’s top spots for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports and activities. However, the truth is that Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers up endless possibilities for fun and adventure all year around. While the adults are enjoying a round of golf or a relaxing day of fishing on the nearby Elk River, the kids can immerse themselves in the all-day excitement of the Camp Wildcat children’s programs.

Snowshoe – The Perfect Spot for Camp Wildcat!

Situated in the heart of Snowshoe WV, Camp Wildcat is a children’s day camp program that runs every Thursday to Sunday until August 20. Children can either sign up to take part in a single-day program or a three-day package. The day camp is open to all children age 4 to 15, and when you sign up one child, any siblings that take part will receive special discounted rates. Even better, Camp Wildcat is entirely free for any children of current Snowshoe Lodging guests.
 
camp wildcatCamp Wildcat gives children the opportunity to explore, play and experience the fantastic mountain environment first-hand. The experienced camp guides accompany the children throughout the day to ensure a safe and entertaining environment with a focus learning, creativity and adventure. Depending on their age, children will be able to enjoy a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including nature hikes, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking and arts and crafts.
 
What’s in Store at Camp Wildcat? Camp Wildcat is split up into three separate age groups to ensure children can enjoy spending time with their peers and take part in age-appropriate activities.

Four to Six Year Olds.

The program for the younger kids is all about inspiring them to take an interest in nature and become more self-reliant. The Eurobungy and rock wall climbing activities allow the kids to push themselves in a safe, encouraging environment. A guide will lead the young ones on an educational nature hike that ends at the lake for an afternoon of swimming and lakeside games.

camp wildcatSeven to Eleven Year Olds.

The slightly older children get to take part in more adventure-based activities. Archery and horseback riding are sure to be a hit, and kids can also look forward to the excitement of downhill mountain biking, hiking and swimming in the lake.

Twelve to Fifteen Year Olds.

The schedule for the teenagers offers even more excitement and adventure. In addition to horseback riding, swimming and mountain biking, kids in this group can also take advantage of Segway and RZR tours, sporting clay shooting and stand-up paddleboard clinics amongst many other activities.
Camp Wildcat is the perfect place for children to gain a greater appreciation for nature, make new friends and learn new skills—all while having an absolute blast. Of course, with the kids gone for the day or weekend, all that’s left is to figure out how to spend your time. Luckily, Snowshoe has an almost endless array of opportunities for adults as well—no matter whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement and adventure.