35 Guests will have the opportunity to camp out in the resort’s Shavers Centre building this weekend, just like some of Snowshoe’s first guests did 35 years ago
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. – Snowshoe Mountain is giving 35 guests a one-of-a-kind experience this weekend (JAN 9-11) in honor of the resort’s 35th Season. The West Virginia ski resort will treat the group of guests to free lodging for the weekend as they camp inside the resort’s Shavers Centre building. The camp out brings back memories of Snowshoe’s earliest visitors, who did not have on-mountain accommodation options. With more than 30 miles between them and the nearest hotel or motel, many guests would choose to spend the night inside the Shavers Centre, which was the mountain’s original day lodge and is the only remaining building from Snowshoe’s 1974 opening. The group of 35 was selected on a first come, first served reservation process, and many are active members of the regional ski site, skisoutheast.com
In addition to roughing it on the Shavers Centre floor for the weekend, the 35 guests will enjoy more than 50 slopes open for this weekend. With snow forecasted for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night, and another chance for natural flakes on Saturday, Snowshoe should offer some amazing conditions for the Camp Out crew. The group will also enjoy a unique Snowshoe experience with a Saturday night dinner at the Backcountry Hut. Located 2 miles from Snowshoe’s mountaintop Village, The Hut is a rustic cabin offering breathtaking views and an exquisite 5-course menu. The Hut is a dining option available to all Snowshoe guests, and can also be booked for a unique overnight experience as well.
Snowshoe’s 35 year history has seen the Pocahontas County resort grow from a mom-and-pop operation into one of the most visited ski areas in the country. Founded by the late Doc Brigham, Snowshoe is now owned by world-famous resort developers Intrawest. With 60 trails, 14 lifts and more than 220 acres of skiable terrain, Snowshoe is the largest ski area in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast and sees 650,000 visitors a year. Today the resort boasts a beautiful mountaintop Village, situated at the resort’s peak, 4848’. Most of the mountain’s 1,8000 lodging units are found just a snowballs throw from the slopes, and accommodations range from hotel-style rooms to large ski chalets that sleep more than 20. With 20 restaurants and bars, including several slopeside dinning options, the resort offers something for everyone.
Snowshoe averages 180” of annual snowfall, and the mountain’s state of the art snowmaking equipment can fill more than 3 football fields with a foot of snow in just an hour’s time during optimal conditions. Snowshoe got an early start to the season this year, as 58” of snow fell on resort in November. Amazing early season conditions allowed the resort to open five days earlier than planned, and Snowshoe had its busiest Thanksgiving holiday ever. Snow was once again falling at Snowshoe late Wednesday afternoon, as the resort needs only another inch to bring its season total to 100”. Up to 8” of snow is possible before Friday morning, as snow is expected to fall steadily into Thursday night. Cold temperatures will also allow the resort’s expert snowmaking crews to be hard at work, adding even more snow to the slopes.
Snowshoe has celebrated its 35th season in a variety of ways, including a Homeowners’ Gala and a beautiful 35 Year Photo Retrospective. The resort was also honored by West Virginia, when Governor Manchin declared Dec. 19th “Snowshoe Mountain Day.”
For more information on all of Snowshoe’s exciting events, great deals and the daily snow report, visit www.snowshoemtn.com .
Snowshoe Mountain is a four-season, Intrawest destination resort situated in the southern portion of the pristine Allegheny Mountains. Celebrating 35 Seasons, this 11,000-acre playground offers 1,500 feet of vertical drop for its expansive skiing and mountain biking terrain. With a mountain top village nearly one mile high in the sky, Snowshoe offers unique variety of lodging, dining and shopping options. A host of special events and activities make the West Virginia resort a destination for the entire family. For more information visit http://www.snowshoemtn.com/todo/events/calendar/index.htm