When I think of a winter getaway, I imagine a warm destination with beaches and sand. Leaving my cold home in Ohio for a destination that is even colder is something I would never consider on my own.
A destination where I could ski, in the cold? No thanks.
A destination where I could snow board, in the cold? No. I don’t think so.
A destination where I could go tubing, in the cold? Nope.
Yet there is no limit to what a mom will do to make her kids happy, especially when one of those kids will soon leave for boot camp and the other plans to leave for the mission field shortly after. Despite my reservations, my husband and I agreed to visit Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia for a weekend with our teens.
And I’m so happy that we did.
Terrain-Based-Learning at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
My family had an amazing time at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, one of a handful of ski resorts in West Virginia, and one of the only
resorts in the country that teaches how to ski using a new Terrain-Based Learning Program. Designed to take the fear and apprehension out of skiing, trained instructors teach beginners in a special mini course of shaped snow which simulates gently rolling terrain used to naturally control the student’s speed.
Thanks to the Terrain-Based-Learning program, first-time skiers will leave the lesson, not with fear, but with a feeling of accomplishment, eager to practice and build on the skills that they’ve learned during their lesson.
Beyond the Slopes at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
In addition to great skiing and snowboarding conditions, Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort offers many additional activities.
Young families will enjoy the Big Top, a 15,000 square foot indoor playground with inflatable bounce houses, slides, a climbing wall and arcade. The Kids Night Out program is available on Friday and Saturday nights and allow mom and dad a night out while their 5-12 year olds enjoy a pizza party, crafts, activities and fun at the Big Top.
The Silver Creek ski area at Snowshoe offers the six story, five lane Coca-Cola Tubing park for an exhilarating experience off the slopes.
Split Rock Pools offer a unique indoor/outdoor, heated swimming experience with slides and a geyser. Grown-ups may enjoy relaxing in the hot tub and sauna after a day on the slopes. Or for advanced relaxation and pampering, the brand new 3,600 square foot Spa at Snowshoe offers skin and body treatments, a salon and top of the line fitness center.
A heated tour in the Snowcat Grooming Machine will lead you to appreciate the many hours that go into grooming the slopes, snowmaking process and may provide a glimpse of Bigfoot if you keep your eyes open.
The new 20 Below Teen Center offers pool tables, video games (including the Xbox One), charging stations, Wi-Fi and a dance floor on the weekends.
Those seeking adventure will enjoy an evening guided snowmobile tour of the basin or a Polaris RZR which provides an off-road adventure into the backcountry of the mountain for those 12 and up.
There is also plenty of shopping so if your teen decides at the last minute that she can’t be seen in last year’s snow pants, she can buy herself a new pair.
Lodging at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
From studio suites, to four bedroom townhomes with full kitchens, you’ll find lodging to fit your family.
My family stayed at the Highland House. With ski-out, slope side access, storage lockers for your gear, a washer and dryer, vending, convenient village location, and close proximity to the shuttle, dining establishments and shopping, this location proved to be a great fit for my family with teens.
Dining at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
Dining options run from quick service, cafeteria style dining at Shaver’s Centre Food Court to upscale Italian cuisine at Pasta’s. You’ll find something for every palate and pocketbook at Snowshoe Mountain.
Favorites for my family included Starbucks- which also offers one of the only hotspots on the mountain- a breakfast of old fashioned pancakes at the Junction Restaurant & Saloon, lunch at Cheat Mountain Pizza, Brick Grilled Chicken with blue corn tamale at the Sunset Cantina and a delicious chocolate covered gelato at Pasta’s.
Plan your visit to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
Located about 5 ½ hours from my home in NE Ohio, Snowshoe is about 4 hours from Washington DC and 5 hours from Baltimore.
You can learn more about Snowshoe by visiting www.snowshoemtn.com or by calling 877-441-4386.
I learned a valuable lesson at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort. I should never rule out a winter getaway because I don’t care for the cold. Let’s face it, I live in Ohio. Cold happens. Rather than complain that I don’t like the cold- I really should find activities that I do like to do in the cold and Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia makes that easy with so many activities that appeal to the entire family.