300 People Making First Tracks at Snowshoe!

Snowshoe, WV – Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia’s largest winter resort, opened for its 31st season today with a 12 – 36 inch base on the Snowshoe
Basin area. The Pocahontas County resort opens for the 2004/2005 winter season with the most alpine skiing terrain available in the region.

When the ropes dropped at 9:00 am more then three hundred people took advantage of Snowshoe’s four trails and two lifts; including the newly re-vamped Spruce Glades Terrain Park’s Beginner Area, part of Snowshoe’s $6 million capital improvements made over the summer. Lift tickets from opening day until Thursday, December 9 have been reduced to $25 for Adults, Seniors and Students and $15 for children under 12.

Recent cold temperatures and over 200 hours of snowmaking in November and December allowed Snowshoe Mountain’s veteran snowmakers to create a great
base for Opening Day.

"The cold temperatures since the Thanksgiving Weekend were exactly what we needed to get the season going," says Ed Galford, Vice President of Operations at Snowshoe Mountain. "After that we put snowmaking in high gear, it didn’t take our snowmakers and groomers long to get the slopes ready!"

The snow guns will continue to make snow on trails at the Snowshoe and Silver Creek areas, as weather permits. The Silver Creek area is scheduled
to open December 16th.