Skiing Snowshoe WV is wildly wonderful!
Unique from most mountain resorts, Snowshoe sits atop its 4848 foot ski hill.
The tiny mountaintop town overlooks slopes that swish down to the shoreline of Shaver Lake.
Three distinct areas make up Snowshoe Mountain: Snowshoe Basin, Western Territory and Silver Creek.
Snowshoe Basin is the main hub of the resort.
A small town of shops, restaurants and room rentals welcome guests at the top of the mountain (above) and a small lodge called The Boathouse sits lakeside at the bottom (below).
There’s terrain for all experience levels at Snowshoe Basin including a fun terrain park (below).
[Check out my video skiing Progression Session Park!]
Snowshoe Basin chauffeurs skiers uphill on 7 lifts, 2 of which are high speed quads.
Just a walk across the street from Snowshoe Basin, the Western Territory offers excellent “expert” or diamond conditions created by Olympian Jean-Claude Killy.
This section of the mountain houses the two longest and steepest trails, both running about 1.5 miles over 1500 feet of vertical.
The Western Territory also offers some of the best panoramic mountain views.
A small lodge dubbed Arbuckles Cabin rests at the base of the Western Territory alongside a high speed quad.
Only a short drive down the road, Silver Creek has night skiing and a tube park.
Offering 18 trails by day, 12 by night, 6 lifts and 3 freestyle terrain areas, this section of Snowshoe could be a whole other ski resort on its own but instead it’s an added bonus!
The small lodge known as the Sugar Shack sits at the base of Silver Creek.
All together Snowshoe has 57 trails. All 251 acres are 100% snowmaking, which enable skiable conditions even in marginal temperatures.
The last time hubby and I visited in late March, it was warm enough to ski in just a shirt!
Despite the warm weather, Snowshoe’s snow-cover on the slopes was in excellent condition.
That’s my kind of skiing!
That trip was almost a decade ago. Look how our fur child has grown!
The matching then (left above) and now (right above) sweaters were not planned, promise!
Our most recent skiing Snowshoe WV adventure in mid-January was a bit chillier.
The snow-covered surroundings were beyond beautiful.
We paid a price for that fabulous fresh frosting though.
Visibility was pretty low most of our three day trip.
The day upon arrival, there was fog so dense it hid the lake.
On our second day, the fog lifted a bit so the lake was visible.
Though mostly cloudy, the fresh dusting of powder each day made for great skiing conditions amongst amazing scenery.
I got up to see the sunrise on our final day.
There was no sun but a fresh dusting of snow fell in the crisp, clean morning air.
The sky finally opened up during our last two hours of skiing!
The blue sky against the white tree tops was a beautiful sight to behold.
My favorite Snowshoe amenity is the proximity of their accommodations to the slopes. Most rooms and rentals are within walking distance of a lift.
Although everything is in close proximity, convenient shuttle buses run throughout Snowshoe. The shuttle came to our rescue after we missed the last lift one day!
My least favorite feature of Snowshoe is the steep and winding drive there.
Other than the hair pin turns on the way to and fro, Snowshoe is one of our favorite southern east coast ski resorts.