Snowshoe Mountain Resort has some of the best skiing in the mid-Atlantic region and entire east coast. It's kind of remote, out in the middle of nowhere in West Virginia, but generally has colder temperatures and more snow than other ski areas in the mid-Atlantic. And with so much area for skiing, it is not as crowded and congested as other ski places I have visited. We went last year and had a great time so came back again this year. There are three different areas for skiing - Silver Creek, Snowshoe Basin, and Western Territory. The Silver Creek area tends to be the least crowded with short lines for the lifts, so this is where we start off to practice and get used to skiing again (we usually only ski once a year). This area is also the only one with night skiing available, so both evenings we came back and skied here. And we never really had to wait in line.
The Snowshoe Basin area is the main area and largest. Sometimes the lines for the lifts can get a little long, but they usually get them moving pretty quick. It is possible to cover quite a bit of ground here, as the trails tend to criss-cross the area. Thus, you can go up one lift on the north end and ski down the trails to a lift at the south end and then back. This makes the ski runs a bit longer (for east coast skiing at least) so you spend more time actually skiing and less time waiting in line or riding the lift. Refer to the trail maps and trail signs to figure out how to get around. Unlike most ski resorts, you start at the top of the mountain (where the condos and stores are at), ski down, and then take a lift back up. We had a lot of fun here on Sunday, when there were fewer skiers. I even dared to try a black diamond - Widowmaker, after some guy on the ski lift told his five-year-old daughter did it. The last area, Western Territory, has only two trails, a black diamond and double-black, which have 1500 feet of elevation loss over about 1.5 miles. This area is for more advanced skiers and I wasn't brave enough to go here.
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