Snowshoe ski season opens Wednesday

Snowshoe, W.Va. – Snowshoe Mountain Resort opens for ski and snowboard season on Wednesday, the earliest opening day in the last 15 years. The resort, at nearly 5,000 feet in elevation, received two feet of natural snow during Superstorm Sandy – a silver lining to an otherwise destructive event.

Snowshoe upgraded or added more than 5,000 feet of snowmaking pipe this off-season, which improves the resort’s ability to provide snow coverage on its slopes. The long range weather forecast supports a better than average scenario for opening top-to-bottom runs at Snowshoe and possibly even the Silver Creek ski areas.

The resort made a bold guarantee to its customers this winter. If Snowshoe Mountain cannot offer the most open skiable terrain compared to all other mountains in the Southeast Region, then the customer’s next day of skiing is free. The region includes 15 ski areas in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.

A new zipline, offering thrill-seekers a ride in the air over Snowshoe Village, also opens on Wednesday. A much longer zip line is scheduled to open next summer.
Typically, with increased wintertime activity at Snowshoe, comes decreased unemployment in Pocahontas County. Thirty-six job openings are currently advertised on the Snowshoe Mountain website. See the resort website to apply online or call the Snowshoe Career Center at 304-799-2509 for more information.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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