In order to provide the best Opening Day conditions possible, Snowshoe has moved the first day of skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia to Saturday

Snowshoe, WV—With a wild week of weather ahead, Snowshoe Mountain has decided to delay Opening Day of the 2009-2010 winter season until Saturday December 5th. The resort had previously announced a Friday morning opening, but with mild temperatures forecasted for mid-week, followed by very cold temperatures and some natural snow beginning Thursday, the resort has determined the best conditions possible will be available beginning Saturday morning. Snowshoe’s traditional “rope drop” ceremony, marking the start of a new season, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the top of Heisler’s Way slope.

On Saturday, Snowshoe will open both the Snowshoe Basin and Silver Creek areas, making available at least 7 trails and 3 lifts, as well as the carpet lift and teaching area at Snowshoe, servicing Snowshoe’s Ski and Snowboard School. With some cooperation from Mother Nature, the resort may open more extensive terrain. Silver Creek will provide night skiing for guests on Saturday night, but plans to close for the week at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Snowshoe basin area will remain open through next week with a regular 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. schedule.

Current forecasts show Snowshoe may have a chance at overnight snowmaking both Monday and Tuesday nights, with warmer weather and possibly some rain moving in mid-week. But beginning Thursday, another cold front makes it way into the West Virginia mountains, bringing overnight lows in the teens on Friday, allowing the resort to maximize its region’s-best snowmaking system.

The Village at Snowshoe will remain open this week, offering guests a variety of dining and shopping options, as well as family fun at the Split Rock Pools facility. On Friday, the resort’s 15,000 square foot entertainment center, The Big Top, will open for the weekend, offering a number of video and arcade games, a climbing wall, pool and ping pong tables and more. Resort rental and additional dining facilities will open on Saturday morning.

Early Season lift tickets for Snowshoe are available for $55 or $25 for Saturday’s night session. Lodging packages are still available for the weekend, and the resort’s terrific Ski Free/Stay Free deal, offering a free fourth day of lift tickets and fourth night of lodging, as well as free lift tickets for children 12 and under, is available through tomorrow, December 1. More information on the resort’s lodging and lift ticket packages are available at or by calling 877-441-4FUN.

For more details on all of Snowshoe’s early season operations and reservations, visit  or call 1-877-441-4FUN.

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