Snowshoe Mountain Resort began its 35th winter season last Friday morning with a 9 a.m. rope drop ceremony. The mountain was scheduled to begin winter operations this Wednesday, November 26, but moved up opening day due to amazing early season conditions on the mountain. Just in time for the official start of the season, another 3” of fresh snow fell overnight Thursday, providing the perfect power covering to Snowshoe’s groomed slopes.
The rest of the state’s resorts will be opening soon. Timberline Resort will see its first skiers and snowboarders on December 4, followed by Canaan Valley and Winterplace on December 12. There is an outside chance some of the resorts will open sooner.
Cold air should remain in the region for the foreseeable future, allowing snowmaking to continue around the clock at all of the resorts. With all that snow, this will be one of the best early season conditions on record, and puts West Virginia resorts in great shape for the remainder of the season.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are already in high gear as the natural snowfall has allowed White Grass Touring Center and Elk River Touring to open their nordic trails.