West Virginia, United States
Snowshoe Mountain is a ski resort located in Snowshoe, West Virginia, in the Allegheny Mountains. The resort is located in the bowl shaped convergence of two mountains, Cheat and Back Allegheny, at the head of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. Snowshoe is home to the second highest point in the state and the peak elevation for Cheat Mountain, at Thorny Flat, which reaches 4,848 feet (1,478 m).
The Village at Snowshoe is located at the summit of the mountain, rather than at its base. While Snowshoe is still best known for its winter activities, today the resort has extensive mountain biking trails, a popular golf course, wedding and convention areas, and a number of summer outdoor activities. The resort comprises the Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski areas. About 480,000 skiers visit the resort each year, primarily from West Virginia and the larger cities of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Snowshoe Mountain is the name of the resort, not the name of the mountain itself; the resort is located on Cheat Mountain. Cheat's highpoint is Thorny Flat, which reaches the resort's highest elevation of 4848 feet. The resort makes up 244 acres in total, which includes the Snowshoe Mountain and Silver Creek areas; the mountains have a total of 60 slopes and trails. Two trails, Cupp Run and Shay's Revenge, have a 1500 feet vertical drop, the highest in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The mountain summit receives an average of 180 inches of snowfall each winter.
Snowshoe had originally been envisioned as a four season destination, although it would take years for mountain bike and horseback riding trails to become a significant draw. One key advantage for the mountain has continued to be its cooler temperatures, due to its elevation. With a mean temperature of 28 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 68 degrees Fahrenheit in July, Snowshoe can be considerably cooler than nearby areas at lower elevations.
The resort has a base of 1,400 condominium and lodge hotel units, most of which are independently owned but managed by the resort. The average winter season is just slightly more than 130 days each year, while the spring, summer, and fall seasons typically include a series of sports, recreation, and cultural events.