With the unbeatable combo of 4,848-feet of elevation and last season’s new $4 million snowmaking system, Snowshoe Mountain can be counted on to have the white stuff.
The resort, located about four hour and a half hours west of Washington, D.C., is known for having the most natural snow, the longest vertical drop, and the most efficient lift system, and the most skiable terrain of the Southeast. The list goes on. Snowshoe, located in Pocahontas County, W.Va., is the largest winter resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and has been voted the top resort in the region numerous times by regional and national media.
So what’s new this year? New activities and features for families, says Shawn Cassell, Snowshoe Mountain’s public relations manager.
“We’re really excited about our revamped tubing park,” Cassell says. “We’ve added new, multicolor LED lights that allow us to offer ‘Cosmic Tubing’ after dark. Think snow tubing meets laser bowling. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”
A new program now makes it possible for all 4th and 5th graders to learn to ski or snowboard for an all-inclusive fee of $25. The West Virginia Ski Areas Association’s new Passport Program includes rental gear, a day of instruction and a beginner’s lift ticket, plus an additional three junior lift tickets for a total of $25 when accompanied by a paying adult. The lift tickets can be used at Snowshoe or three other participating West Virginia resorts during the 2019-20 season. Passports can be obtained through the West Virginia Ski Areas Association website at goskiwv.com.
“We love our hardcore skiers and snowboarders,” Cassell said, “but at the same time, we want to provide a topnotch experience for beginners too. If we want to see the sport grow, the best way is to make sure people are hooked after their very first trip. A huge piece of that is providing adults and children with A-plus lessons and instructors.”
Snowshoe’s ski school offers a new type of lesson called “Mommy and Me.” Instead of splitting up kids and their parents for lessons, they are sent out together with an instructor who coaches everyone and teaches the adults how to help their kids grow their skills long after the lesson. Incidentally, the lesson is not restricted to mommies, but is open to dads, aunts, uncles, or other guardians.
Snowshoe has thrills for advanced skiers and boarders too. Its three distinct ski areas, five awesome terrain parks, and 60 trails offer variety worth exploring. The resort’s generous snow guarantee has your back (your next day of skiing is free if another resort in the region offers more skiable terrain). The food and lodging choices are plentiful, especially at the mountaintop village, home of the comedy club, lively dance floors, and spa.
Not into skiing or snowboarding? Other adventures at the 11,000-acre resort include snow tubing, offroading in Polaris RZRs, and snowmobiling. Or avoid the cold entirely by taking a dip in the indoor/outdoor swimming pools; or taking the kids to the Big Top, an indoor playground with slides, games, movies, Eurobungy —a cross between trampoline and bungee jumping — and live entertainment.
Special weekend activities include a kid’s snowboard camp Jan. 11-12, women’s ski camp Jan. 25-26, Cupp Run Challenge Feb. 3, and Snowshoe’s spectacular Winter Gala Feb. 21.