Sandy Delivers Early Opening To Snowshoe Mountain, Nov. 21
With a bounty of snow left behind by Superstorm Sandy, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort will kick off the 2012-13 season on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Snowshoe officials credit over two feet of natural snow from Sandy and excellent snowmaking conditions for the great early opportunity - matching the resort’s earliest opening day in the last 15 years.
“If there could be a silver lining to the huge storm that impacted so many people in our region at the start of the month, it’s that our mountains, which experienced a warmer, shorter than normal winter last year, received over two feet of heavy snow with which to open our businesses and invite guests to our region,” said Frank DeBerry, President and COO of Snowshoe. “With cooperating cold temperatures we’re able to build a snow base and start spinning the lifts in time for a much needed Thanksgiving holiday weekend for many.”
The recent short spike in daytime temperatures and the long range forecast looks to support a better than average snowmaking scenario for opening top-to-bottom terrain at Snowshoe Basin and possibly even the close-by Silver Creek ski areas.
“Silver Creek is typically not opened until the middle of December,” added DeBerry. “This fresh snow combined with our snowmaking capabilities has put us in great shape for the early ski season and we think we just might be able to add it to the mix earlier than ever.”
The new winter zipline will also open on November 21.
To allow guests to come and ‘ski it to believe it’, Snowshoe also announced a new $99 Early Unlimited Pass on sale through Friday, November 23rd, and valid any day through Christmas Day. The pass is available for purchase onsite, online at www.snowshoemtn.com, or through the resort’s reservations center at 877-441-4386.
Snowshoe will be the fourth mid-Atlantic resort to open for the 2012-13 season, joining North Carolina’s Cataloochee, Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski (which is scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 16.) Click here for a complete list of resorts open in the Southeast region.
Photos: Snowmaking continues at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in preparation for opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 21 / Snowshoe Mountain Photos