Winter Guide: Resort Q & A:

Average inches of snowfall? 180 inches

Number of slopes? 60

Skiable acres? 257 acres

Pass prices? Our annual Ridiculous Pass Sale is the best time to buy. It’s an unlimited season pass that we offer in late February/early March, that is good for the rest of the current season

and the entire next season as well. It usually costs less than $250. Pricing and timing is not yet set for this season’s sale.

Adult (season passes): $479

Teen (ages 13-17): $479

Child(ages 5-12): $329

Under 4 (ages 0-4): $29

Opening day? Wednesday, November 21 (weather permitting)

Number of lifts? 14

Longest run? 1.5 miles

Base/summit elevation? 3,348 ft/ 4,848ft

Driving distance to nearest major cities?

  • Richmond, Va. – 3 hours
  • Washington D.C. – 4 hours
  • Pittsburgh, Penn. – 4 hours
  • Charleston, W. Va. – 3 hours
  • Staunton, Va. – 2 hours
  • Roanoke, Va. – 3 hours
  • Charlotte, N.C. – 6 hours
  • Raleigh, N.C. – 7 hours
  • Atlanta, Ga. – 9 hours
  • Knoxville, Tenn. – 6 hours
Q: What’s new?

We’ve invested nearly $4 million in snowmaking upgrades this past offseason. The new equipment we’ve installed is going to not only allow us to make significantly more snow in shorter amounts of time, but it is going to drastically reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint.

Q: What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area?

Our main village area is home to a variety of great bars and restaurants including the Junction, Old Spruce Tavern, and Cheat Mountain Pizza. A new brewery, Old Spruce Brewing Co., is planned to open this season near the entrance to Silver Creek.

Q: Where do you recommend visitors buy their gear?

We have several great shops on the mountain. If you’re looking to buy, head to the MAC, Full Tilt, or the Tool Shed. For renting, check out Expedition Station, Top of the World, or our new rental shop, Base Mountain, located across from the Inn at Snowshoe. High performance demo rentals are available at the MAC.

Q: How many beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are there?

24 beginner, 19 intermediate, 16 expert, 5 terrain parks, and 4 glades

What activities are available beyond the slopes?

We’ve got snowmobile tours, off-road RZR tours, horseback tours, the Big Top (indoor family play area), an arcade, escape room, a full-service spa, and plenty of shopping and dining.

 

Where is the best place to stay in the area? And if they are looking to buy?

We have a wide variety of lodging options here on top of the mountain, the best of which are part of our Brigham Collection of luxury lodging. Almost all mountain top lodging is either ski-in/ski-out or a very short walk to the slopes. First Tracts Realty can help you find the perfect condo or mountain home.

 

Q: What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski or snowboard?

We offer a variety of lesson packages and we utilize terrain-based learning, an innovative new approach to teaching folks how to ski or snowboard. It has worked wonders for helping it “click” for folks on their first day.

Q: What are the best runs and why?

That depends on ability level. For beginners, it’s hard to beat Log Slide. Intermediates love Skip Jack and Spruce. For experts, the Western Territory is the place to be.

Do you offer any family friendly activities?

Yes! Almost all of the activities mentioned above are family friendly.

Are there activities available in the off season?

Of course! The Snowshoe Bike Park has gained global notoriety and will host a UCI World Cup race next September (first one in the U.S. in several years). It’s not just for World Cup racers though. We have some of the best beginner mountain biking terrain in the country and our bike instructors are top notch. You can rent the protective equipment as well as bikes from the MAC. Shaver’s lake serves as our snowmaking reservoir in the winter, but in the summer it’s great for paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, or playing on our fleet of inflatables. We also have amazing hiking trails, off-road RZR tours, horseback tours, a village zipline, climbing wall, and a eurobungy.