Snowshoe Mountain received a welcome surprise Friday morning, when what was predicted to be a steady rainfall instead fell in the form of snow on the West Virginia ski resort. Mountaintop temperature began the day around 37 degrees, but as a light mist started to fall around 8 a.m., temperatures dropped below the freezing mark. After an hour of light snowfall, large, heavy flakes began falling at about 10 a.m. By 11 a.m. a thick coating blanketed the resort, with additional snowfall possible throughout the day.
Photo: Snow blankets the ground below the Ballhooter lift – Credit: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snowshoe saw the first snowfall of the 2010-11 season last week, with snow falling both Monday and Tuesday. This year’s third snowfall comes three days before last year’s first snowfall of the year (Oct 18th) – a storm that kicked off a nearly record year for the resort, with more than 230″ of natural snow falling throughout Winter 2009-10.
Photo: Snow falls on The Village at Snowshoe Mountain, Oct 15, 2010 – Credit: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snow sports fans are hoping this year’s early snow signals a similar winter to come. The resort plans to kick off snowmaking efforts on November 1st, with Opening Day planned for November 24th. The resort sees an annual average of 180″ of natural snowfall and has one of the most advanced snowmaking systems in the country, allowing Snowshoe to frequently open the earliest of any resort in the mid-Atlantic. More information is available at snowshoemtn.com or by calling 877-441-4386