Snowshoe Mountain moves opening date up to Wednesday Dec. 8th

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 3, 2010 1:50 pm

Snowshoe Mountain Resort announced today that Opening Day for the 2010.2011 has been moved up to Wednesday, December 8th at 9am. The Pocahontas Country Resort has seen several inches of natural snow in the last 48 hours and has been making snow around the clock since early Wednesday morning. A shift in the weather has brought a more prolonged period of intense cold than was originally expected, allowing the resort to kick off ski season in West Virginia earlier than planned. Snowshoe will continue with aggressive snowmaking through Opening Day and will open with a 20-24″ base across14 slopes accessed by four lifts, including Ballhooter lift, a high-speed quad.

Since the calendar has turned to December, Snowshoe has enjoyed a dramatic change in weather. Cold and snow has turned the resort into a winter wonderland. Current forecasts are calling for additional natural snowfall over the weekend, with some models showing up to 10″ of powder. Snowmaking will continue with 150 guns working simultaneously at both the Snowshoe and Silver Creek areas, taking advantage of forecasted highs in the teens, with overnight lows flirting with single digits. Those cold temperatures are the optimal conditions for Snowshoe’s snowmaking system to produce the best possible snow.

With cold weather forecasted through at least mid-December, Snowshoe’s expert snowmaking team will continue to be aggressive with snowmaking as the resort expands available terrain in the coming weeks. The Silver Creek area is slated to open on Dec 16th, but Snowshoe intends to open additional terrain in the Snowshoe Basin area before that time. The resort will open with terrain park features available in the Spruce Glades terrain park, as well as a variety of available amenities, including restaurants, shops, The Big Top Entertainment Center, Split Rock Pools and more. Opening Day lift and lodging packages start at just $118 per person, per night and Snowshoe is offering a 3-for-2 lodging offer through December 22nd.