Our trip to Snowshoe was well worth the 4 hour drive from Pittsburgh, PA. The resort is on top of the mountain and to reach it you drive through very rural areas. This adds to the aura of remote getaway the resort has and that is enhanced by the fact there is almost no cellular reception on the mountain. Once you reach the top (at a respectable 4800 ft for the Appalachians), you enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains of central WV on one side and the slopes on the other, with Shaver Lake at the bottom. So the village is unusually nested on top of the slopes and surrounded by wilderness. It is a fancy, quaint little gem. It is managed by Intrawest, that also owns Tremblant and having been in the Canadian resort we could not help seeing similarities as Snowshoe shares some of the elegance of Tremblant, although being significantly smaller. The good thing is that once you are in the village, everything is walking distance and you do not need your car to get around. The central square opens to the slopes and there is a convenient shuttle to the Silver Creek skiing area, that has the advantage of being open at night (until 9 pm). The resort boasts a vertical drop of 1500 ft, which I believe is the biggest in the mideast/southeast, but that only applies to the Western Territory, that has 2 slopes, both expert and was not open when we visited. The main basin and the Silver Creek area, where approximately 75% of the terrain is located, have a more modest drop and I guess similar to that of Seven Springs, PA. The staff was very corteous in the village and at the lifts and because we went at the beginning of the season, there were no lines to get on the lifts. I cannot comment on the difficulty of the terrain as the black slopes were all closed. The restaurants are all reasonably good. There is a grocery store in the village that has only basic items, so I suggest you bring your grocery from somewhere in the valleys if you plan to cook there. The resort is overall ideal for kids due to being compact and having several kids-friendly amenities such as the Split Rock Pool.
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