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Welcome to the winter wonderland, Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area, in breathtaking Pocahontas County, West Virginia!

If you live in Virginia, you know our skiing options are limited without getting on a plane. Massanutten and Wintergreen have their own charm, and there are other decent skiing options in West Virginia, but my heart belongs to the Snowshoe Mountain ski area.

Sure, it’s a bit of a drive, but where else can you blend first-rate skiing, tubing, snowmobiling, dining, and entertainment in a charming and cozy mountain village? It’s the best ski area in the mid-Atlantic, hands down.

Getting to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area: An Unforgettable Journey

 

Embarking on your Snowshoe Mountain ski area adventure is part of the thrill. Driving through scenic West Virginia sets the tone for an unforgettable and picturesque experience. There is no “easy” way to get to Snowshoe. If you’re from NOVA or DC, it will take about four hours via Highway 66 to route 48 to 220 and down.

If you’re from central Virginia or Hampton Roads, the easiest route is 64 west to Staunton and onto Route 250. Your GPS may have other ideas, but consider sticking to the main roads if the weather is bad.

  • P.O. Box 10
    26209 Snowshoe, West Virginia
    (877) 441-4386
    info@snowshoemountain.com
People getting ready to ski at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area
View from Mountain Lodge at the top of the Ballhooter Lift.

What to Expect: A Winter Paradise Awaits

What we love most about the Snowshoe Mountain Ski area is the diversity of trails. Whether a first-time skier or an expert, you’ll have plenty of terrain to keep you happy. I ski primarily on green and blue trails and never feel bored like I sometimes do at the smaller resorts.

Your lift ticket allows you access to the Western Territory, Snowshoe Basin, and Silver Creek. Lifts open at 9 am and close at 4:30 pm. Silver Creek has many beginner to intermediate runs and is open for night skiing from 4:30 pm to 9 pm. I’m too wimpy for night skiing, but I’ve heard it’s excellent!

Shuttle buses run regularly from Snowshoe Basin to Silver Creek, or you can easily drive the 5 minutes it takes to get there.

Skiing Haven: Unveiling Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area Terrain

Snowshoe Mountain Ski area boasts an expansive 257 acres of skiable terrain, ensuring there’s something for every skier’s preference. The resort is a playground for winter adventurers with 60 trails served by 14 lifts, including three high-speed quads – Soaring Eagle, Ballhooter, and Western Express. The impressive lift capacity of 23,400 skiers per hour means more time on the slopes and less time waiting.

The Ballhooter Lift takes you into the heart of the village, making it easy to navigate.

Versatility in Every Turn: Trail Variety

Snowshoe’s trails cater to all levels, whether you’re a beginner eager to carve your first tracks or an advanced skier seeking a thrilling descent. The distribution is well-balanced, featuring five green trails for beginners, seven blue trails for intermediate skiers, and three challenging black diamond trails for seasoned pros.

The resort also offers three freestyle terrain trails and a gladed area for those craving an extra dose of adventure.

Frozen Lake at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area
View of frozen Shaver Lake from the top of Soaring Eagle Lift.

Moguls and More: Embrace the Challenge

For those who love the exhilaration of mogul runs, Snowshoe has you covered. Take advantage of the meticulously groomed trails and dive into the mogul-filled excitement that adds a layer of challenge and fun to your skiing experience.

Elevation Bliss: From Base to Summit

The summit is a breathtaking 4,848 feet. The elevation change provides stunning views and diverse terrain, making each run unique. Bring your camera! The view from the top of Soaring Eagle Lift is magnificent.

Year-Round Fun: Snowmaking Magic

Snowshoe invests in regular trail grooming and state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities to guarantee endless fun–though it averages a stunning 180 inches of snowfall annually. The lower average temperature compared to other mid-Atlantic ski areas ensures that the snow sticks around, promising a longer skiing season.

If you’re more interested in summer sports, check out our blog on white water rafting in West Virginia.

Beyond the Slopes: Mountain Magic Unveiled

Snowshoe isn’t just about skiing; it’s a mountain paradise with activities for everyone. Explore the charming Village of Snowshoe, where high-quality lodging, delectable meals, and delightful shopping experiences await.

Dining

People enjoying a drink at a bar at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area
I had to stop at the Flume Shack for a mid-run refreshment!

After a day on the slopes, finding a place for cocktails or a delicious bite to eat is easy. I ate at The Junction, Cheat Mtn Pizza, and the Sunset Cantina on my last trip.

Cheat Mtn Pizza always has excellent pizza and is one of the more affordable options up there. The Junction Ale House is also fairly affordable and serves hardy American fare. The Sunset Cantina Mexican restaurant is decent, with plentiful portions and quick service.

If none of those work, other options for dining include:

  • Foxfire Grille– BBQ with live blues and scenic sunset views. Located in Rimfire in the heart of the village. 
  • Tuque’s Bar and Grill–Casual fresh food and drinks beside the Powder Monkey lift. Great for happy hour! You can take the short five-minute walk or hop on the free shuttle to the Western Territory stop. Ask what a “tuque” is!
  • Hoot’s Bar and Grill– One of our family’s favorites for hamburgers and beer. Fun atmosphere with foosball, pool, and air hockey. Live music on the weekends. At the top of Soaring Eagle lift. 
  • Appalachia Kitchen– A little more upscale with farm-to-table modern cuisine from their scratch kitchen. Their meat is sourced regionally, as is the produce in season. Enjoy a cozy, warm atmosphere (complete with a fireplace) and the best food on the mountain!  
  • Waffle Cabin– Serving coffee, hot cocoa, and AMAZING waffles in a walk-up cabin near Ballhooter. My husband swears by the hot cocoa! I can only say the smell was beyond tempting! 
  • The Boathouse–The boathouse is at the bottom of the Ballhooter lift on the lake. It has extremely casual food and drinks. On a nice day, the outdoor seating makes for great views.
  • The Pizza Slice– Wood-fired pizzas and yummy, yummy gelato. Located across the street from the top of the Western Express lift. Best pizza in the area for sure!
  • 10 Prime Steakhouse and Bar- Upscale steakhouse and bar in Soaring Eagle. Sushi, steaks, and seafood round out the menu. 
  • Old Spruce Tavern and Brewhouse- Brewery and tavern in the village with excellent food and beer. People rave about the scratch menu with soups, salads, and sandwiches. 
  • Al Dente Ristorante— Italian Restaurant inside Mountain Lodge with good reviews. 
  • The Basin Supper Club– A British eatery inside Mountain Lodge. It was closed when I was there. 
  • Raven Grille– At the base of the mountain on the golf course. It’s a great place for a quiet bite and a beer. 
  • Starbucks– Breakfast, coffee, and tea. This is a large, very nice coffee shop with an outdoor fireplace.  
  • The Locker Room Sports bar– Head into the Silver Creek Lodge to warm up while watching sports and grabbing a beer. Pool, darts, foosball, live music, and good grub make this a great choice. 
  • The Bear’s Den– Located in Sliver Creek, and offers lunch and dinner options like pizzas and burgers. 
  • Black Run Sugar Shack– Located slope-side at the base of the Mountaineer and Cascade lifts. Great for grabbing a quick bite or drink between runs.
  • The Flume Shack- Slope-side bar near the intersection of Upper Flume and J-Hook runs. Yummy drinks and light fare (yeah, I had to stop and sample a drink).  
  • Arbuckle’s Cabin– Casual fare and drinks. Located at the base of the Western Territory lift. Only accessible by traversing the most challenging runs–so not for me!
  • The Village Scoop- All things sweet and yummy…including ice cream, milkshakes, floats, caramel apples, and cookies. Near the Split Rock pool. 
  • Subway- At the base of the mountain near the golf course. 
  • Almost Heaven Steakhouse– The BBQ pork and brisket are as good as it gets, and the service is attentive and friendly. As the name states, it’s heavenly!
  • The Snowshoe Hare–Coffee and souvenir shop on 66 directly across from the Snowshoe Inn. I haven’t had a chance to stop by yet, but it’s on my list for next time. Fantastic reviews abound!

Shopping

Walking the village at Snowshoe Mountain ski area

Snowshoe Mountain Ski area is in a very remote location. The closest “big” town is Marlington (about 45 minutes away), so try to bring everything you need. However, there are shops that carry the essentials should you need them. Nothing is inexpensive, though.

  • Wildcat Grocery– This grocery stands out as the ultimate convenience stop, providing an array of groceries, sundries, and beyond. It’s the go-to spot for all those essentials you might have overlooked for your mountain retreat. Wildcat Grocery elevates the experience with the added perks of piping hot coffee and claims to boast the mountain’s most extensive beer cave. 
  • Hops, Vine & Spirits–  This gourmet market stands out as a haven for specialty beer, wine, and liquor enthusiasts. Nestled at the entrance of the Village, this shop welcomes you to a curated selection of premium beverages. Whether you’re seeking a unique craft beer, an exquisite bottle of wine, or top-shelf spirits, Village Gourmet Market is your destination for discovering and indulging in exceptional libations.
  • Signatures & Sweets of Snowshoe– Signatures & Sweets of Snowshoe is a shop for all your gifting, souvenir, and sweet cravings. Delight in their diverse collection of high-quality Snowshoe-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts, glassware, magnets, postcards, ornaments, and more. Indulge your sweet tooth with their extensive selection of delectable treats.
  • Mountain Adventure Center– This is truly your one-stop location for everything and anything at Snowshoe Mountain. 
  • Full Tilt Skate and Snow– Elevate your snow adventures with a dash of style and a whole lot of comfort. Full Tilt beckons you with the latest outerwear collections and accessories from beloved brands such as Burton, Dakine, Anon, 686, and more.
  • 4848’— Discover a treasure trove of outerwear, activewear, and casual wear at 4848′. This cozy boutique features an array of your favorite brands, including Smith, Volcom, Quicksilver, Sorel, and more. Indulge in fabulous accessories, stylish footwear, and much more to ensure you stay comfortable and fashionable on the mountain. Find them at their new location in the Village, right across from Sunset Cantina.
  • Pocahontas Supply Co.– This is one of my favorites. Go in and browse their large selection of clothing and accessories. 
  • Mountain Kids– Located in Snowshoe’s village, the Little Explorer’s Shop is a haven for the little ones. This whimsical store has everything your tiny adventurers need, from casual wear and accessories by top vendors like The North Face, Quiksilver, and Roxy plus an array of toys and logo wear. 
  • High Country Clothing– This is a great shop where fantastic deals on ski and snowboard outerwear await you and your family. Elevate your slopestyle and stay cozy with their warm accessories, ensuring a chill-free experience on the slopes or tubing hill. This shop is conveniently located inside the Silver Creek lobby and is a top spot for fashionable and functional winter gear.
  • Tool Shed– Located beside the Mountain Top Check-In spot, Tool Shed is a treasure trove of fantastic deals for all your slope essentials. Whether you need gear, casual wear, activewear, footwear, skis, snowboards, or winter accessories, Tool Shed has it all and more. Discover unbeatable mountain bargains and gear up for an unforgettable experience at Snowshoe’s Tool Shed.
  • WV Market– Open since 2009, WV Market showcases the essence and tradition of life in the Mountain State. With a dedication to celebrating contemporary daily life while paying homage to its vibrant heritage and the skill of local artisans and craftspeople, WV Market stands as a proud testament to the unique charm of West Virginia. Find this shop in The Village atop Snowshoe Mountain.
  • The Ski Barn in Silver Creek & Mountain Base–This is the best place to rent and buy. They have two huge levels of skis, snowboards, gear, and clothing—the best prices on the mountain. 
  • Par-Mar Store– Wide variety of food at a great price. There is a larger grocery store at the base. Fuel up your vehicle and yourself, whether rolling into town or heading out.
  • Dollar General– A little bit of everything at a reasonable price. You can find this location at the base of the mountain.
Snowmobiling horseback riding and tubbing collage
Tubing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling are great Snowshoe activities.

Tubing

Dive into guaranteed family fun at the Coca-Cola Tube Park! Conquer the thrills of a 6-story, 8-lane snow tubing hill at Silver Creek, and for an extra dose of excitement, don’t miss the Galactic Snow Tubing sessions from 5 pm to 9 pm. Enjoy the view from the party deck, or take a break between tubing sessions. Please note that the main snow tubing hill has a minimum requirement of 4 years old and 36″ tall. Younger ones have their separate tubing area without a tow rope.

  • Weekday Pricing: Under 3 years old is free, ages 4 and up is $15, Family 4 pack $50
  • Weekend Pricing: Under 3 years old is free, ages 4 -12 is $19, ages 13+ $22, Family 4 pack $75

Snowmobiling

Embark on the ultimate winter adventure with a snowmobile tour, led by expert guides. Choose from the 2-hour daytime tour or the 1-hour evening tours. The 2-hour backcountry tour explores the mountain’s wilderness, navigating open fields, narrow hill climbs, and scenic double-tracks through old-growth Spruce forests.

For a thrilling evening experience, a one-hour tour on the Snowshoe Basin slopes is perfect for beginners. Prior ATV or snowmobile experience is recommended, and passengers are not permitted due to technical terrain. Children are allowed on select tours, but adults cannot ride as passengers due to steep terrain risks.

Check here for pricing information.

Swimming and hot tubs

People relaxing in an outdoor hot tub
The Split Rock pool and hot tubs are a highlight of the resort.

After a day on the slopes, discover the perfect aquatic escape at Split Rock Pools. This outdoor pool, heated to perfection, offers a unique and enjoyable adventure for adults and children. Boasting indoor and outdoor heated swimming areas, a thrilling water slide, a relaxing hot tub, and a sauna, it’s an ideal post-skiing retreat.

The indoor pool provides endless fun for kids, with areas dedicated to youngsters and interactive play for parents. With picturesque views of mountains and valleys, sitting by the windows inside is a treat, making Split Rock Pools a delightful winter oasis.

Be aware that if you don’t book your lodging through Snowshoe, the cost is $16 per day—a small price for some premium relaxation. Select condos have their own pools and hot tubs.

Kids Fun at Bear’s Den

If the mountain hasn’t worn out the kids sufficiently, check out the Bear’s Den. You’ll find plenty of family fun here, not just for the kids! From axe throwing to the latest attractions like Orbitron and Aero Board, enjoy arcade games, cornhole, movies, pool, and delicious bites—all in one fantastic spot for an entertaining family outing.

Adventure Dining

Prepare for a winter adventure with one of the Dining Tours at Snowshoe Mountain! Hop into a 4-seat Polaris RZRs and navigate the Cheat Mountain Ridge Trail, unveiling spectacular views beneath towering Spruce forests. Reach the Sunrise Backcountry Hut for a delightful 3-course lunch or dinner.

The Lunch Tour, perfect for families and groups, features a backcountry tour and lunch, including tomato and roasted pepper soup, salad, smoked gouda grilled cheese, and dessert. Available weekly on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:30 am.

The Dinner Tour, also accommodating groups, offers a backcountry tour and dinner with a diverse menu, available daily except Tuesdays and at 7:30 pm on Fridays.

For more information and pricing, click here.

Uphill Skiing at Silver Creek

Get ready for a thrilling winter adventure with Silver Creek’s newest addition: uphill skiing and riding! Upskiing, the fastest-growing trend in the sport, allows you to earn your turns and savor the slopes at your own pace, offering a unique connection with nature. It’s an exhilarating workout and a delightful way to stay fit during winter.

All proceeds from uphill ticket sales contribute to the National Forest Foundation’s Stewardship Fund, supporting local conservation and recreation projects.

Horseback Riding

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the West Virginia Mountains with guided Western-style trail Riding at Autumn Breeze Stables. The diverse trails cater to all ages and skill levels, ranging from 30-minute lake rides for kids eight and under to 4-hour adventures.

Whether you’re seeking a buggy ride, an overnight camping experience in the BackCountry of Cheat Mountain, or an enchanting one-horse open sleigh ride, Autumn Breeze Stables has the perfect equestrian experience.

Riders receive comprehensive instruction on essential horse skills, including natural instincts, mounting, starting, stopping, and control, through their Horse 101 mounted instruction. Watch for wildlife, including deer, coyotes, bears, and turkeys. All rides prioritize rider comfort and skill level, ensuring a confident and enjoyable trail experience.

Click here for more information and pricing.

Where to Stay: Your Home Away from Home

Condos at Snowshoe Mountain Ski area
There are many options at Snowshoe, from economy lodging to upscale private homes.

Choosing the right accommodations is key to a perfect Snowshoe experience. From cozy mountain cabins to upscale resort lodges, there’s an option for every preference. Stay close to the action, ensuring you’re ready to hit the slopes when the sun rises over the mountains.

Let’s delve into the myriad of lodging options that cater to every visitor’s preference, ensuring a cozy and unforgettable stay.

The Village of Snowshoe

Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of The Village of Snowshoe, where high-quality lodging seamlessly blends with the charm of the mountains. Choose from various accommodations ranging from quaint cabins to upscale resort-style lodging. You can book through Snowshoe Mountain or with private owners.

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The Village is where everything is! I try to stay in the village if possible. While it’s not inexpensive, it sure is fun, and all the choices are ski in/ski out. Your options in the heart of the village include:

  • Mountain Lodge–Privately owned condos that vary in amenities and niceness. I stayed here last, and room 316 was quite nice. Some rooms face the Ballhooter lift and can be noisy early in the morning with grooming. The lodge itself is a bit dated, but it’s affordable, and the location is fantastic. There is an arcade, pool table, and a tiny gym.
  • Allegheny Springs–Great location across from the pool and hot tubs. There is a fitness center and is close to the Ballhooter lift. It’s decent but not extravagant. 
  • Rimfire– Has a sweet underground parking area and outdoor hot tubs. Fitness room and sauna round out the amenities. Starbucks can be accessed from the inside, which is excellent in bad weather.  One of my favorite places to stay right in the heart of the village.
  • Expedition Station– This is an incredibly convenient location that offers proximity to all the mountain has to offer. Situated in a village complex, Expedition Station is ideal, with the Ski & Snowboard school next door, shops, restaurants, and a full-service rental shop on the main floor. The highlight is the ability to walk out of the door and directly onto the slopes. Our room was small, but ski storage and a fitness room enhanced the overall experience, ensuring an enjoyable stay.  
  • Highland House– This is a newer and beautiful complex. Highland House offers ski lockers, laundry facilities, a nautilus facility with a sauna, and an outdoor hot tub, enhancing the overall experience. Situated adjacent to the Skidder slope, between Expedition Station and Allegheny Springs in the Village, the location is convenient and central.
  • Seneca– Seneca is located in a prime location along the Village Plaza and is surrounded by various shopping and dining options. Seneca offers a range of amenities, including a garden patio, a large outdoor spa/hot tub, an outdoor fireplace, a small exercise area, a sauna, laundry facilities, and a beautiful Hearth Room.

South Mountain Choices (not too far from Village, can walk or take the shuttle)

  • Top of the World– Definitely for bargain hunters. Great for those with kids. Ski in/ski out. Hoots, the bar and grill is here, a great place to head for dinner or drinks. At the top of the Soaring Eagle Lift.
  • Summit– Here you’ll find three-bedroom condos with private balconies and stunning western vistas. Conveniently located a short walk from the Village shops, restaurants, and slopes, these condos provide a perfect blend of luxury and accessibility. Enjoy the convenience of a resort shuttle.
  • Land’s End– Experience stunning valley sunset views from the western-facing decks of these split-level units. Strategically located near the basin ski area, shops and restaurants in the Village at Snowshoe, these townhouses offer an ideal retreat for families and groups seeking ample space. 
  • Tree Top– These townhouses are ideal for family or group getaways. This location offers a serene retreat while providing proximity to all the mountain has to offer. Located conveniently next to Wildcat Provisions and just a short walk or shuttle ride to the Village and slopes, these accommodations ensure a peaceful yet accessible stay. 
  • Wabasso– These private, multi-level townhomes have spacious decks and breathtaking views, providing a perfect relaxing setting. Covered parking adds a convenient touch. The moderate walk or shuttle ride to the slopes, and the Village enhances accessibility. With loft bedrooms and comfortable living areas, these units offer a cozy retreat. 
  • TimbersStaying at Timbers in the South Mountain area of the resort can be fantastic, especially given its proximity to the Soaring Eagle high-speed quad ski lift and trail system. The convenience of a resort shuttle makes any stay for skiers that much better.
  • Snowcrest– This location offers extraordinary views and is within walking distance of the Soaring Eagle Express Lift, restaurants, and a full rental shop. Snowcrest exceeds expectations with its laundry facilities, private balconies, full kitchens, a game room, and a public atrium courtyard featuring indoor hot tubs. 
  • Sanctuary– Sanctuary is an exclusive gated residential community with stunning homes. Situated in the South Mountain area next to Soaring Eagle Lodge, it offers exclusivity and convenience, with a short walk to the Soaring Eagle lift. The on-call resort shuttle is a major plus! This location is a perfect blend of sophistication and accessibility, making it an ideal choice for a memorable stay in Snowshoe.
  • Soaring Eagle Lodge– Soaring Eagle Lodge is one of the newest lodging options at Snowshoe. Situated next to the Soaring Eagle Express Lift in the South Mountain area of the basin, the lodge provides a modern and spacious floor plan with 9′ + ceilings, full kitchens, gas fireplaces, balconies, and charming, sturdy furniture. The slope-side access, hot tubs, and covered parking seamlessly combined luxury and convenience.
  • Westridge Road Homes– This is one tranquil and luxurious mountain retreat. The private homes offer breathtaking views of the Western Valley and the Raven Golf Club in a quiet neighborhood. The on-call resort shuttle makes a stay both seamless and comfortable. The luxurious amenities and utmost privacy make Westridge Road Homes the perfect choice for those seeking a peaceful and picturesque escape.
  • Loggers Run– These log townhomes feature slope-side access to Upper Flume, single-car garages, private decks, and spacious living areas, making them perfect for large groups. The units boast beautiful kitchens, air conditioning, and large master bedrooms with spa tubs. The gas fireplace with a large built-in entertainment center adds a cozy touch. The proximity to the Village and accessibility to the free shuttle system make it an ideal choice when staying in Snowshoe.

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North Mountain Choices (not too far from the village, can walk or shuttle)

  • Black Bear Crossing- This lodging option is a serene retreat in the North Mountain neighborhood. The large townhouses, adjacent to Powderidge Lift and situated on the village walking path, provided easy access to the mountain while offering a tranquil escape from the Village’s hustle and bustle. 
  • Camp Four– Camp Four offers breathtaking views of the Village and the Allegheny Mountains. These townhouses provide easy access to the Northern Tract section of the mountain through the Camp Four trail, with convenient access to the Powderidge Lift. Shuttle service is also available at this location, adding to the accessibility. Camp Four slope access might be limited during the early and late seasons.
  • Mountain Crest– Mountain Crest is a three-story building offering studio and studio loft units, each with private outdoor entrances. Situated atop the Highland Ridge, Mountain Crest provides a convenient location within walking distance to the Powderidge Lift, with direct access to the Basin area slopes. The private outdoor entrances provide a sense of exclusivity.
  • Powder Monkey– This great option for lodging is located adjacent to its namesake, the Powder Monkey Lift, providing easy access to all Basin slopes. You are right at the top of the lift. It’s only a short walk to Western Territory and the Village shops, restaurants, and more.  
  • Ridgewood– This three-story building is just a short walk from the Powderidge Lift. The studio and loft units feature private outdoor entrances, balconies, and wood-burning fireplaces, providing a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. The proximity to the lift and the charming features of the units make this accommodation an ideal choice.
  • Powderidge– Powderidge units offer breathtaking views of the Village and valley, along with slopeside access to Powderidge Lift and the Northern Tract area of the basin. The opportunity to watch the sunrise before exploring the mountain adds to the charm of the experience. It’s worth noting that during the early and late season, the Powderidge trail and lift may not be operational, but a free Snowshoe Shuttle is available for convenient transportation. 
  • Shamrock– If you’re looking for mountaintop lodging with fantastic amenities, Shamrock fits the bill. The common area features basketball and tennis courts, a shared gas fire pit, and a green space, making a perfect blend of recreation and relaxation. A walking path to the Village is a short stroll to the Western Territory. 
  • Shay’s Landing- Shay’s Landing is ideally situated near the Shaver Center, placing these townhomes close to the action. The spacious interiors are perfect for entertaining, with the breathtaking western mountain sunsets the marquee attraction. 
  • Stemwinder–This complex is directly on the slopes, giving you access to Powder Monkey Lift, and is only a short walk to the Western Territory—next door to the Shavers Center and within walking distance to the Village. 
  • Whistlepunk Townhomes– Older ski lodge units that are family favorites! Whistlepunk offers one, two, and three-bedroom units located a short walk to The Western Territory and the Village. Full kitchens, washer/dryer, wood-burning fireplaces, and balconies.
  • Shamrock– Excellent option for summer and winter! These are a short walk to Western Territory and a 5-minute walk to Snowshoe Village. Mountaintop lodging has a common area with basketball, tennis courts, and hot tubs. Walk the path to the village or take the free shuttle.

Silver Creek

  • Silver Creek Lodge– If you want to night ski or go tubing, this is probably the place to stay. And with an indoor pool and onsite restaurant, this is an excellent place for families. Some rooms are outdated, so check the reviews for your specific one. Or rent through VRBO to know what room you’re getting.
  • Creekside Villas– Very nice, newer townhomes within proximity to Silver Creek. Three and four-bedroom units are spacious and wonderful for large families. All units have balconies.

The Base of the Mountain

  • The Inn at Snowshoe–This lodging is at the mountain’s base, about a 15-minute ride to the slopes. It’s no-frills and affordable, but during the winter months, it houses Snowshoe employees, so availably might be limited. There is an indoor pool and hot tub, but call ahead to see if they’re working. 
  • Hawthorne Valley–These units are fully equipped and 15 minutes to the slopes at the mountain base on the golf course. 
  • Overlook Village– Nice, quiet, rustic (in a good way) condos that will make you feel like you’re in a cabin in the woods with their wood and stone construction. Lovely!
  • The Meadows At Hawthorne– Fully equipped homes at the mountain’s base.
  • Snowshoe Campground–Right across the street from the Raven Golf Course and only a few miles from the Village and the slopes. This is a  beautiful, fun, and family-friendly environment. Showers, restrooms, laundry, wifi, and a playground make this an excellent choice! Family-owned and operated.

Private Rentals in off the Property

If you don’t mind a drive in the morning to ski, you can stay in private properties and cabins in Slatyfork or Marlington. I’ve stayed in cabins in the valley and we had a wonderful time. Being in the valley made it easier to take the kids up the mountain to Cass Railroad or Greenbank. 

I want to try The Mingo Saloon and Lodge a few miles north of the main resort entrance on Rt. 219 next time I’m in the area. I love the log cabin construction, large porch, and traditional Irish Bar onsite. Pet and biker friendly–which I love!

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Calling All Winter Enthusiasts: Experience Snowshoe!

Now that you’ve caught a glimpse of the allure of Snowshoe Mountain, there’s only one thing left to do – experience it for yourself! Gather your winter gear, round up your adventure buddies, and head to the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area for the best skiing in the mid-Atlantic!

You may enjoy these other blogs about adventures in West Virginia: White Water Rafting in West Virginia, New River Gorge National Park, and Ski Areas in West Virginia.

Sunrise in the mountains
The sunrise on a sunny day is spectacular!

2 thoughts on “Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area: Insider Tips and Unbiased Review”

  1. I’ve never heard of Snowshoe Mountain before reading this article! Sounds like a great place to spend the winter! Thanks for sharing your tips for visiting this area.

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