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High up in the mountains of West Virginia you’ll find a true resort ski area featuring great powder, steep runs, luxury accommodations, a village full of shops and restaurants and southern hospitality.

Snowshoe Mountain receives, on average, over 180 inches of snow per year. That, combined with its own state of the art snowmaking, allows Snowshoe to offer an unprecedented guarantee: Snowshoe will have the most terrain open in the region, with the best conditions, or your next day skiing is free.

Factor that in with a 1500 foot vertical drop, a 4848 foot summit, 14 lifts and 60 trails on 251 acres of skiable terrain including seven acres of gladed terrain and 26 acres of freestyle terrain, and it’s easy to understand why Snowshoe is consistently rated the No. 1 ski area in the region.

There are glades for backcountry fun, plus six terrain parks, two at Snowshoe and four at Silver Creek — for park rats. The slopes on the Western Territory, Cupp Run (designed by Olympain Jean-Claude Killy) and Shay’s Revenge are two of the rare, truly expert slopes below the Mason-Dixon line, and the separate Silver Creek section is never congested and is open for night skiing. It’s a hidden gem to get away from the crowds on a busy weekend.

Snowshoe Mountain also offers The Terrain Based Learning™ Program. TBL is a new and improved way to learn how to ski and snowboard. By shaping the snow in different shapes, you learn proper body positioning without worrying about going too fast, losing control, or getting up close and personal with ominous plastic fencing. Basically, it makes learning to ski or snowboard much easier and way more fun.

For your creature comforts, there are over 24 different lodges, inns and condo buildings. Most of the units on top of the mountain feature direct access to the slopes. The premier condos include one, two or three bedrooms, a large kitchen area and a living room, spacious dining areas, balconies, fireplaces and easy access to outdoor hot tubs.

The easy southern lifestyle is alive in Snowshoe Village. This charming streetscape includes gift, clothing and gear shops and an eclectic mix of restaurants from Tex-Mex to pizza to Italian staples to barbecue and gourmet delights.

At night the Village comes alive. Entertainment ranges from blues at the Foxfire Grill to live bands at the Connection Nightclub. Or melt the winter chill away at the Split Rock Pool Center. The mini-waterpark has heated indoor and outdoor swimming areas, a water slide, two hot tubs and a sauna. Book your lodging through Snowshoe and receive free admission to the center.

Après-ski fun continues with snowshoeing, night snowmobiling tours, snow cat rides, snow tubing, and the ultimate winter wilderness experience—dining at the Sunrise Backcountry Hut. Groups may arrange to be driven out by snow cat to the rustic hut on the Cheat Mountain Ridge. Once there, the hut-master will greet you with a mug of hot cider as he prepares a feast fit for a king. Guests may spend the night at the hut for a snowy backcountry adventure without the hassles of winter camping. The hut offers a spectacular sunrise view of the Monongahela National Forest and the Greenbrier River Valley.

Or play like a kid at the Big Top. The 15,000 square-foot, circus-themed arena includes an arcade for the gamers, a climbing wall, a mechanical bull, a moon bounce and a contraption that will have guests spinning and flipping—the Eurobungy.