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Description - Snowshoe Mountain is a ski resort located in Snowshoe, West Virginia, in the Allegheny Mountains. Snowshoe Mountain itself reaches an elevation of 4,848 feet (1,478 m). The resort makes up 234 acres (0.9 km²) in total, which includes the Snowshoe Mountain and Silver Creek areas; the mountains have a total of 57 slopes and trails and 2 trails (Cupp Run and Shay's Revenge) which feature a 1,500 feet (460 m) vertical drop. The resort was purchased in 1995 by Intrawest, a Canadian ski-resort operator which specializes in creating or expanding commercial opportunities at its mountain resorts through village-style commercial and condominium real estate development. The mountain summit receives an average of 15 feet (4.6 m) of snowfall each winter. It is unusual among ski resorts in that its resort village is located at the mountain's summit instead of its base. The layout of the resort is notable because, unlike most ski resorts, the main village and resort areas are located on top of the mountain rather than in the valley bellow.

Attractions - The resort also features a golf course and is well-known for its mountain biking trails, and other outdoor activities which have added to its prominence as a four-season resort.The resort makes up 234 acres (0.9 km²) in total, which includes the Snowshoe Mountain and Silver Creek areas; the mountains have a total of 57 slopes and trails and 2 trails (Cupp Run and Shay's Revenge) which feature a 1,500 feet (460 m) vertical drop. The resort was purchased in 1995 by Intrawest, a Canadian ski-resort operator which specializes in creating or expanding commercial opportunities at its mountain resorts through village-style commercial and condominium real estate development. The mountain summit receives an average of 15 feet (4.6 m) of snowfall each winter. It is unusual among ski resorts in that its resort village is located at the mountain's summit instead of its base.

Recreation - The resort also features a golf course and is well-known for its mountain biking trails, and other outdoor activities which have added to its prominence as a four-season resort.

Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Location - Snowshoe Mountain is a ski resort located in Snowshoe, West Virginia, in the Allegheny Mountains.


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