SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES FRIDAY, DEC 10TH AS OPENING DAY FOR THE 2010-2011 SKI SEASON

Snowshoe, WV— After a rollercoaster fall, Snowshoe Mountain Resort will open ski operations for the 2010.2011 season on Friday, December 10th at 9am. The Pocahontas County resort saw early snowflakes fall on October 5th, but has seen less than an inch of total snowfall since that time. A mild November forced the resort to delay its planned Opening Day on November 24th. With some good snowmaking weather following the Thanksgiving Holiday, and long-term forecasts calling for a cold start to the month of December, Snowshoe has targeted the 10th for Opening Day. With several chances for periods of prolonged snowmaking, the resort will open with great snow coverage from top to bottom and a variety of available terrain.

While skiers and riders have anxiously waited for winter weather to arrive, they have been reminded that the 2009.2010 season saw a similar delayed start at many of the region’s resorts, but finished with 200+ inches of natural snowfall at Snowshoe and one of the best seasons in recent memory. This year’s mild start to the season was not unexpected, as it’s a La Nina weather year. That typically means a mild fall for the southeast, followed by a cold, snowy December and a slightly mild January. That outlook bodes well for the season to come at Snowshoe. The Holiday period, always the busiest at the resort, should provide great conditions with the possibility of some great natural snow. And with January historically being the resort’s coldest month, a slight warm-up should only mean more comfortable conditions for the resort’s guests, without impairing snowmaking operations.

Snowshoe will continue to be aggressive with snowmaking operations over the next two weeks. The resort hopes to open significant terrain on December 10th. The resort will also open with a variety of available amenities, including restaurants, shops, The Big Top Entertainment Center, Split Rock Pools and more. Opening Weekend lift and lodging packages start at just $97 per person, per night. Updated information can be found at snowshoemtn.com or by calling the Snow Info line at 304-572-4636.

For more details on all of Snowshoe’s early season operations and reservations, visit http://www.snowshoemtn.com  or call 1-877-441-4386.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.