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Fall Fun in Snowshoe WV

By on September 20, 2017

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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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.

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West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail

By on April 23, 2017

As if West Virginia wasn’t one of the tourist jewels of the U.S. already, one of the most popular sites in the state is the Greenbrier River Trail. The creativity of West Virginia’s State Park system took a former railroad site within the Greenbrier County and created a lush recreational venue 77 miles long. The appeal of Greenbrier River Trail is the location that evokes memories of West Virginia’s history.

Greenbrier River TrailWelcome To The Greenbrier Trail

The attraction of the Greenbrier River that wends its way through this region provides a calming effect and a kind of “back to nature” aura tourists love. The former rail that once ran through this area is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to spend a week or two communing with nature or enjoying all that the Greenbrier River Trail has to offer. For example, the Greenbrier River Trail is a hiker’s dream. With a nearly 80-mile long hiking trail, hikers have a chance to breathe fresh, clean West Virginia air and enjoy glorious scenery. Start your hike in Marlinton, an old train depot and hike southward through a well forested area.

If hiking isn’t a your reason to visit Greenbrier River Trail, there is the lure of numerous activities like swimming, bicycling, backpacking, and horseback riding.

With the Greenbrier River in close proximity, there’s an opportunity to explore river activities like paddle boating in the warm West Virginia sunshine.

If you are an avid photographer, Greenbrier River Trail will not disappoint. Between the rolling landscape, the natural flora and fauna, the true essence of West Virginia is ready and waiting to be captured.

The Greenbrier River Trail is an ethereal idyll in winter that is simply breathtaking. People also come from miles away to enjoy cross-country skiing and the ample snowfall. Nearby Snowshoe WV provides for a winter wonderland of downhill skiing and snow-tubing.

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Greenbrier River Trail – An Escape from the Hustle and Bustle

Busy lives create greater levels of stress. It’s easy to understand why seeking tranquil places for vacation is a priority. Greenbrier River Trail prides itself on catering to the needs of individuals and families seeking an escape from all of the hustle and bustle. Greenbrier River Trail provides the kind of solitude that many seek. This is balanced by a round of outdoor activities.

Cabins and campsites open in Greenbrier State Forest from mid-April until closing in October. Cabins are limited so reserve early. Also visit Mountaintop Condos for nearby condo rentals.

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The Raven Golf Course at Snowshoe WV

By on April 3, 2017

Raven Golf CourseIf you enjoy hitting a tee-shot onto a long fairway, then Raven Golf Course at Snowshoe Mountain will not disappoint. The course is beautifully maintained, as every tee except for one is elevated, as this provides a picturesque scenery before each tee-shot. The locals boast that the course is considered one of the best public golf venues in the state of West Virginia.

Usually, guests come to Snowshoe Mountain to conquer ideal skiing conditions, but many come back in the spring and summer months to have an enjoyable golfing weekend on the Gary Player-designed course. The remnants of snow can be seen high atop the mountain from the 18th green on a cool March day. It’s well-worth the drive through the West Virginia wilderness to play a golf course wrapped around a mountain that offers plenty of shot opportunities.

Raven Golf Course Offers a Challenge!

The Raven Golf Course at Snowshoe Mountain has four sets of tee positions that measures approximately to 7,042-yards for 18-holes. It’s a distance that is a worthy challenge for all parts of a golfer’s overall game. The white tees will make life difficult for all, while the blue tees require an accurate tee-shot and a strong iron game to consistently hit the greens to score par on the day. The greens are quick, but very playable.

Raven Golf CourseEach hole is unique to itself, as the drop from the tee-box to the green could be as much as 200-feet. Even playing a conservative game can still leave your ball on a steep, grassy hill behind the green. The hilly terrain can be brutal for first-time players to the Raven Golf Course at Snowshoe WV, as a golfer will have to walk over five-miles to complete the round.

Golfers must remember that the air’s density is lowest on warm days in higher elevated locations, so they can hit an ideal tee-shot but may have difficulty in executing a decent second shot. Shot placement on the rolling terrain of the fairways will determine if you will shoot for par on the day. Mistakes in judgment often lead to having your ball land in the high rough after a few errand shots.

Often, golfers fail to realize that the course is neatly tucked away in the hills of West Virginia, as it’s a wonderful showcase for nature and the game of golf. Some may be alarmed to see a red-tailed hawk floating high above the fairway, as their cry can heard all throughout the course. The ravine near the greens is home to other wildlife, which can be seen dashing off the fairway at sunrise of each day. Hunting is forbidden on the course and the surrounding area.

A very friendly pro shop, as the club’s staff will take that extra step to make your golfing experience at the course very memorable indeed. They offer a golf club bag storage area, a quick-service driving range and a well-maintained putting green. Even the food and beverage personnel go out of their way to ensure your meal goes without any problems.

For Snowshoe WV lodging, contact Mountaintop Condos at info@mountaintopcondos.

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2016 USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships

By on October 9, 2016

Collegiate Mountain BikeDuring the winter, Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is known for its skiing, with hundreds of acres of ski trails available. During the warmer months of the year, the mountain resort has an extensive network of mountain biking trails. This month, those trails will be the site of the 2016 USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.

The competition is divided into several events, including an endurance race, a dual slalom, a downhill race and a team relay, with squads consisting of no more than four riders, with at least one male and one female. To be eligible for any race type, a rider must have completed at least three races in their conference competition. Further eligibility requirements for the endurance races note that the riders must rate high enough in their conference to fill one of the limited number of spots given to each conference in the endurance competition.

Time & Location For This Year’s Collegiate Mountain Bike Event

This year’s event takes place over three days, following a day for registration and practice on Thursday, October 20. Then Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23 see he contestants competing all day long, with practices starting at 7:30am each day. Events scheduled to take place on Friday include short track and downhill seeding. Cross country takes up the bulk of the morning schedule on Saturday, followed by the downhill finals in the afternoon. The weekend’s first awards ceremony takes place at 7pm on Saturday. The team relays kickstart the competition on Sunday’s slate, with the dual slalom finals following. Following the dual slalom competition, everyone will head to the Village Center for the final awards ceremony that are set to close out the weekend’s activities. Other than the team relay, each event is divided into four divisions — male varsity, male club, female varsity and female club.

Collegiate Mountain BikeFort Lewis College and King University took the division 1 and division 2 titles, respectively, in the team omniums at the 2015 national championships, which were also held at Snowshoe. The individual omnium titles in 2015 went to Luke Vrouwenvelder (University of North Carolina) and Sofia Gomez Villafane (Fort Lewis College) in division 1, while Robert Rimmer and Kaysee Armstrong (both King University) took the male and female crowns, respectively, in division 2.

It promises to be another exciting year as USA Cycling returns to the Mountaineer State to stage this year’s Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships to showcase some of the nation’s top collegiate riders.