Snowshoe Mountain Resort is one of West Virginia's premier ski areas. It is located in Pocahontas County, and is considered the biggest winter resort in the entire mid-Atlantic region. When the area gets a big storm, Snowshoe is one of the first mountains to fill up with skiers all vying for a spot on the mountain.
About Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers two mountains. The Village of Snowshoe is comprised of on-mountain lodges such as The Seneca Lodge, Rimfire Lodge, Alleghny Springs, and Highland House. The Snowshoe part of the resort includes 15 acres of expanded terrain.
The resort mostly caters to beginner and intermediate skiers, but they do have a couple of black runs in an area called The Western Territory. These two blacks have an impressive vertical drop of 1,500 feet, a 60 percent pitch, and they are no less than one and a half miles long.
A Brief Profile
Here are a few interesting stats about Showshoe:
- 244 acres of skiable terrain
- Open for 131 days
- 180-inch average snowfall
- 57 trails are open
- 2 terrain parks
- 1 large halfpipe
- Several rails for jibbing
- 14 chairlifts
- 2 quad chairs
- 6 triple chairs
- Top elevation is 4,848 feet
- 45 percent beginner runs
- 27 percent intermediate runs
- 5 percent advanced runs
- 23 percent expert runs
Lodging at Snowshoe
There are a variety of options for lodging, including cabins, bed and breakfasts, lodges, hotels and condos. Some of your options include:
Chestnut Ridge Country Inn
Just 15 miles from the resort, this charming inn has a ton of amenities, including a full breakfast in the morning, as well as a fireplace for warming up after a day of skiing.
Mountain Valley Properties
If you are looking for tasteful accommodations in the area around Snowshoe, then these are the people to call. The properties they rent are all privately owned and decorated. They include pet-friendly and wheelchair friendly accommodations, and some that include beautiful views and hot tubs.
The Inn at Snowshoe
A lovely place to stay about six miles from the mountain, the Inn at Snowshoe provides many amenities, including a pool, hot tub, exercise room, restaurant and bar.
Other Winter Activities
In addition to ample skiing and snowboarding, there are a wide variety of winter activities to partake in at Snowshoe.
If you or the kids are tired of the snow and cold, check out The Big Top, a 15,000-square-foot center that features arcades, a Playstation Gaming Zone, pool and ping pong tables, and more.
For the ultimate dining adventure check out the Sunrise Backcountry Hut, which is about two miles up on the Cheat Mountain Ridge Trail.
After a lovely dinner, join one of the Snowcat Tours, which provides a glimpse of the area after dark. You will appreciate the beautiful views and historical commentary in the heated cab of a specialized grooming machine.
Lots of skiing can lead to tired legs, which is fine when there is a tubing park nearby. A six-story tubing hill in the Silver Creek area is fun for everyone, particularly those looking for a good laugh and a relaxing day off the slopes.
Budget for Snowshoe
If you are on a budget, Showshoe is one of the best places to enjoy an inexpensive family vacation. They provide a lot of different specials during the year and kids ski free in March! There are incredible lodging deals, as well as ski ticket discounts and excellent prices on ski passes. This is a great alternative to spending your money on expensive vacations to the Rockies.