Nestled in the heart of Pocahontas County, Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort is the largest in the mid-Atlantic region. Boasting 41 trails, 7 lifts (including two high-speed quads), 100% snowmaking capacity, and an 800-foot vertical drop, this resort offers some of the best skiing and riding in all of West Virginia. Around 40% of their terrain is beginner-friendly, but almost 30% is reserved for advanced and expert skiers; no matter your group size or ability, you’ll find a trail to perfectly match your speed and comfort level.
The “Shoe’s” annual snowfall is around 180 inches, meaning riders and skiers can enjoy packed powder nearly every day of the ski season. They also provide a Snow Guarantee, meaning that, if another resort in the region offers more skiable terrain, you’ll get your next day free. This, as it turns out, is a big deal; though one of the more affordable luxury resorts in the country, a weekend or holiday spent at Snowshoe will set you back $99 for an adult ticket. However, they offer significant student discounts and several attractive promotions throughout the ski season.
Snowshoe also understand the need for green initiatives within the ski industry and community. The staff and facility strive to ensure the mountain’s health through several environmental programs that meet or exceed regulatory standards. In 2008, the resort was the recipient of the Silver Eagle Environmental Award for Excellence in Fish and Habitat Protection. Additionally, their Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) was the first ever completed in West Virginia. They have invested more than $1 million in green initiatives, the resort converted to LED light bulbs, they’ve downsized their vehicles, and introduced lodging recycling programs.
Furthermore, Snowshoe has committed to using less electricity and is working to become more environmental conscious—all while providing a high-level resort experience. If you are concerned about the impact skiing has on the environment, you can feel good about skiing at this mountain. To read more about their environmental initiatives and impact, see the following link.