The largest ski resort on the East coast, Snowshoe Ski Resort is noted for its terrain and efficient lift system. Voted the best resort in the Mid-Atlantic region several times, Snowshoe is a must-destination for every skier. The resort has two different and distinct mountains which may both be skied with one lift ticket. There are challenging runs for skiers of every level and is a favorite of snowboarders. The resort offers three terrain parks which are open to both snowboarders and skiers. Guests may also try snowshoeing and snowmobiling. There is also a six-lane snow tubing area for the entire family to enjoy.
If your family enjoys activities besides skiing and snowboarding, Snowshoe also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, and superb spa facilities. There is also a vibrant nightlife, including comedy clubs, shopping, and outstanding restaurant dining.
Snowshoe is located in West Virginia on Snowshoe Mountain. The resort contains 244 acres of ski-able terrain and includes more than 11,000 acres in total. The resorts sits in the Allegheny Mountains between the Back Allegheny and Cheat Mountains. The resort also contains the second tallest peak in West Virginia, Thorny Flat on Cheat Mountain.
Snowshoe Village sits at the mountain summit, rather than the base. Even though the resort is famous for winter activities, it also provides a wealth of off-season things to do, including a Gary Player golf course, extensive mountain biking trails, and gorgeous convention and wedding facilities. The resort is host to the annual Grand National Cross Country Race and hosts almost 500,000 skiers annually. Within driving distance of the major east coast metropolitan areas, Snowshoe guests come from New York to South Carolina.
While the resort’s official name is Snowshoe Mountain, it actually sits on Cheat Mountain. The resort covers the Silver Creek and Snowshoe Mountain areas and boasts 60 slopes and many trails. Two of the trails, Shay’s Revenge and Cupp Run contain a 1,500 ft vertical drop. This is the highest vertical drop in the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast United States. Cupp Run was partly designed by Jean-Claude Killy, the 1968 Olympic triple gold medalist. The average snowfall at Snowshoe is 180 inches annually.
The resort opened in 1974. Thomas Brigham, a dentist from North Carolina thought it was a perfect site for a ski resort. Brigham was experienced with opening new ski resorts, including Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain.
In 1990, Snowshoe was purchased by a Japanese developer who specialized in recreational facilities. In 1995, it was again sold, this time to a Canadian company which operated ski resorts. This company, Intrawest opened the Rimfire Lodge which started the central village expansion. The Village of Snowshoe now includes four lodging facilities and the Big Top. The Big Top is a 14,000 sq ft recreation and entertainment facility for teens and younger children. It offers everything from dance parties to movies to arcades and is the place to be when not on the slopes.
Snowshoe Ski Resort is the perfect winter vacation destination. There is something for everyone in the family, whether they ski, snowboard or just enjoy watching the snow fall.