Saturday, January 11, 2014
A quick trip to Snowshoe WV for a little winter fun
Date: 12/28/2013 – 1/2/2014
Location: Snowshoe, WV
My younger daughter was on winter break from college and wanted to take a trip to see some snow. I decided to take some time off from work and do a father / daughter trip with her. She’s a senior in college and about to start her last semester before graduating. So, who knows how many more chances we’ll have to do spur of the moment things like this.
About 10 years ago we had made a family trip to Snowshoe, WV and stayed for a short time and did some skiing. We enjoyed this trip and have some fond memories of that adventure, so we decided to give Snowshoe resort another try. I made reservations at the Silver Creek Lodge at Snowshoe for three nights. This would give us time to do some snow activities as well as do a little skiing. Being from Florida we don’t hit the slopes very often, so a day of skiing is enough for us.
Driving up and getting close to West Virginia we were a little worried as there was no snow on the ground. They had just had a few warm days of weather and a day of heavy rain. But as we got to the base of the mountain we found the temps were dropping and the snow guns were out in full force. Snowshoe’s resort is at the top of the mountain, so as we drove up the mountain things changed to a winter wonderland. There was snow (man made and real) everywhere and all the trees were coated in a thick coating of snow. It’s exactly what we were hoping to see when we thought up this trip.
It was cold and the wind was blowing at the top of the mountain, but it was the winter wonderland that we had hoped to see.
The first full day that we were at Snowshoe we had planned to do a few of the “adventures” they offer for their guests. The first of which was the RZR off-road adventure. This was a blast as it was freezing, the snow was blowing and they took us on some very cool back roads that wound around and up the mountain.
I made my daughter drive the first part of this tour. I didn’t know how she would do since she’s never done anything like this, but she did great and had a lot of fun barreling down the back roads through the snow.
They did a few photo stops along the way, but with the snow and wind the views of the mountain were not the best. Here’s one picture of my daughter and me at one of the stops.
Here’s the GPS track of the off-road adventure that we took.
Snowshoe Mountain WV RZR ATV Trip at EveryTrail
That evening, once the main slopes were closed for the day, we took a snowmobile tour. They take you around many of the slopes that are used for skiing. This was another fun adventure, except for my snowmobile kept stalling every time I let off the gas. They eventually gave me another machine that ran much better.
And the track that we took for this tour.
Snowshoe Mountain WV Snowmobile Trip at EveryTrail
We went out and celebrated New Years at the main downtown/square area of Snowshoe. They has some music and other activities going on. We did make it till mid-night (amazing for me!) and didn’t get to bed until way past what I had planned on. But we had a lot of fun, so that made it worth it. On New Years day we were schedule to do some snow skiing for the day. We didn’t get as early a start as I had hoped, but still had a full day of skiing. For a couple of Floridians we did pretty good and nobody got injured!!! Always a good thing.