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Snowshoe: A Preview of Amazing Winter Fun
A few short days before the official opening of the ski season at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia, I had the opportunity to visit the resort. Although the recreation was limited, the winter beauty was not. We were greeted with a snow that blanketed the mountain with the quiet beauty that only the frozen white flakes can bring.
I soaked up the beauty, but I also learned about the phenomenal recreational opportunities available at Snowshoe. I learned that they have 60 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, making their way down from a 4,848-foot summit. I learned that Snowshoe Resort has many other exciting ways to enjoy winter, including snowmobile and Snowcat tours, tubing, Adventure Dining at the Backcountry Hut, and an indoor/outdoor pool that's open even in the dead of winter. They also have a Big Top with fun indoor activities for kids. (I also learned that they have amazing summer activities, but that is a story for a warmer day.)
I learned about their many lodging options, many with direct slope and lift access. I experienced a taste of the shopping, finding some toasty North Face gloves to keep my frigid fingers warm. I also learned that there is lots to do at Snowshoe besides snow play!
And I enjoyed the casual dining at Foxfire Grille, a cozy spot to refuel after a day in the snow or traipsing over the mountainsides. I tried the Grille's Hangover Sammich, of grilled pork tenderloin, fried egg and on toast, with BBQ sauce on side--choosing from their wide geographical selection of BBQ sauces, from the Carolina mustard style down to Texas. Instead of fries or side salad to accompany my sandwich, I went for the mac and cheese: rich and creamy, though without the cheesy crust that sometimes adds to the mac and cheese experience. My friends and I also tried some fried pickles for appetizers--all you would expect for a state fair delicacy. I was also pleased to discover that they have more beers on tap than the monstrous A-B selections. Indeed, I discovered a new microbrew, Mountaineer from Martinsburg, WV brewery. Good stuff!
I was also able to experience some excellent customer service at Snowshoe Mountain. Besides the helpful clerks at the Mountain Adventure Centre and the friendly servers at Foxfire Grille, the housekeeping staff at Mountain Lodge went out of their way to answer my query: what's the absolute safest way to get back to Richmond in the still-falling snow? The staff put their heads together, made inquiries for second opinions and to get mileage and route numbers, and gave me detailed directions per my needs.
You can learn more about Snowshoe Mountain and make plans for your visit by calling 877-441-4386 or by visiting their web site. I look forward to visiting Snowshoe during the season, and will let you know if it's really as much fun as it looks!
Mountain Lodge at Snowshoe
Fresh snow at Snowshoe Mountain
About the Writer
Annie Tobey finds her rejuvenation and therapy in the outdoors. She enjoys being active, stretching her muscles and burning the calories - in preparation for hearty eating and heady microbrews when the sun goes down.
Annie is founder and Director of the Active Woman Traveler, Editor and Co-Publisher of V Magazine for Women, speaker, and freelance writer and editor. The trailhead of her writing path began was as a freelance writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch special supplements and various other local and national periodicals. She published her first book in 1990, For Any Young Mother Who Lives in a Shoe, and later worked as staff writer for International Training Consultants, Inc. and Life Logic, LLC.
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