Snowshoe Mountain WV: Best Snow Ski Resort in the Southeastern United States...

Snowshoe Mountain West Virginia...

Probably the best snow skiing resort in the whole southeastern United States in Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia… The many mountains and beautiful scenery make West Virginia a favorite among skiers, climbers, and mountain bikers everywhere, but the challenging conditions of Snowshoe Mountain Resort make this resort tops! The most interesting aspect to this resort is the fact that it was designed from the top down…

Where most ski resorts in the southeastern U.S. have the hotels and living accommodations at the base of the mountain, Snowshoe built the whole resort at the very top, which makes for an incredible ski in/ski out ski vacation! The weather can change very rapidly in this part of the country, and because of the relatively high mountains in the area it can also get extremely foggy. The drive up the mountain in snowy and icy conditions can make you wish that you stayed at home, but if you are driving a four wheel drive vehicle or have chains on your tires you should have no problem whatsoever. The resort is actually located in a very remote area, and there are no big airports within a close hour or two drive, so expect at least a 2 hour drive from any airport that you fly into.

The Best Ski Resort in the Area...

If you live in the southeastern United States, then it may be preferable for you to drive into Snowshoe Mountain West Virginia yourself instead of flying, especially if you already have a winter capable vehicle. It’s a very scenic drive, with many tunnels and twisting mountain roads that you will enjoy along the way. In this case, there is truth to the old adage that “getting there is half the fun”! The famous Greenbrier Resort is located close to Snowshoe Resort, and is a very popular attraction by itself.

Snowshoe Mountain is actually a huge complex of over 50 individual skiing trails, which include categories of beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers, and also the occasional “double black diamond” category for really expert skiers only… I truly recommend staying at one of the many inns and hotels that are located at the top of the mountain because of the incredible experience of simply waking up in the morning, getting dressed for a day of skiing, and then walking outside your door to the nearest trail! However, there is one hotel called the Snowshoe Inn which is located at the base of the mountain if you are looking for more of a budget resort. It’s a little cheaper, but you will have to catch a bus up the mountain to the nearest ski lift that will take you to the top.

Silver Creek Lodge...

The Snowshoe Mountain Resort is actually two resorts in one, with many fantastic hotels and condos located in the Snowshoe Village where the main area is, and then a short bus trip will also take you to the Silver Creek Lodge ski area. Silver Creek is actually my favorite ski area, because the lift lines are shorter and not that many people are aware that it’s there. The downhill ski runs are also much wider than the ones at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and it makes it much safer if you are a beginner skier. The Silver Creek Condos are also a fantastic option for you if you have a larger party, and they can sleep several people or couples. One of my favorite things about the Silver Creek Lodge is the outdoor hot tub located there… It’s amazing, because you actually enter the pool from an indoor heated area, then swim under a partition to the outdoors and then make a quick hop into the hot tub! It’s an amazing experience at night when it’s snowing hard, and you are all warm and cozy in the hot tub… Definitely something that you’ll always remember, but it’s only for Silver Creek Condo guests…

The other ski slopes at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort area are more numerous, but also much narrower in width. They also tend to be more crowded, due to the fact that they are narrower and also because the vast majority of ski resort hotels and condos are located there. It’s a very popular place, and can get very busy. This area is the focal point of the whole mountain, and you can find many different restaurants, game rooms, bars, an indoor heated swimming area, spas, and anything else that you are looking for there.

Snowshoe Adventure Tours...

If you are looking for a little more adventure during your trip, check out the snowmobile tours or snow cat tours for an additional charge. They usually take you out on the same skiing trails that you would ski during the day, but after the slopes are closed around 4:30 pm. That is really an amazing experience, and I highly recommend the snowmobile trip! There is also a fantastic snowmobile excursion available to the “Sunrise Backcountry Hut”, where they will serve you an incredible romantic dinner… These options all incur an additional cost, but are well worth it!

There are great equipment rentals available, so if you don’t have everything you need you can always get it there. So start planning your next ski trip to the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort soon, it’s an amazing experience! They also have late season skiing, since they are higher in the mountains than other resorts. The snow tends to stick around a lot later here!

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