East coast storm drops 1 1/2 feet on Snowshoe mountain

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2011 2:08 pm

While a massive winter storm is causing headaches up and down the East Coast, those lucky enough to be at Snowshoe Mountain Resort are reveling in the nearly foot and a half of snow that has fallen since late Tuesday. The West Virginia resort is treating skiers and snowboarders to powder conditions most often found out West. Since December 1, Snowshoe has seen nearly 90” of natural snowfall—the resort averages 180” annually—and more snow is expected on Thursday.

Snow began falling during the evening hours on Tuesday, and the resort awakened to 11” of new snow on Wednesday morning. By mid-afternoon Wednesday an additional 6” had fallen. The National Weather Service is predicting snow to continue in the Snowshoe area through Thursday, with as much as another foot of snow expected to fall. Snowshoe offers the region’s most available terrain, and skiers and riders are enjoying the snow on a playground of more than 200 skiable acres this week. The resort plans to be 100% open with 60 trails for the upcoming Holiday weekend.

Martin Luther King weekend is typically one of the busiest of the year at ski resorts across the country, and the new snow at Snowshoe will only add to the experience for the thousands of enthusiastic skiers and riders who will descend on the resort. For those planning on driving to the resort on Thursday or Friday, road crews are busy plowing and sanding the area roads and no long-term delays have been reported. Snow has ceased in most areas of the southeast, and should taper off Thursday night over the West Virginia mountains.

photo: Courtesy Snowshoe Mountain