Showshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia is open and ready for those who love to hit the slopes. Located in Pocahontas County on the eastern border of West Virginia, it is a place to enjoy a winter wonderland with skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing, Snowcat tours, zip lining and more. There are 251 skiable acres, including 26 acres of freestyle terrain and seven acres of gladed terrain. The area gets 180 inches of snow annually.
The resort makes a guarantee from Dec. 15 through March 15, 2013, there will be more skiable terrain open than any other ski mountain in the Southeast or your next day of skiing is free.
"Snowshoe is the one true destination ski mountain in the mid- Atlantic," says David Dekema, vice president of marketing for Snowshoe. "Offering a total resort experience you might otherwise think you'd have to fly to find. With great skiing and boarding on the biggest mountain, plus a quaint walking village, choice of restaurants, the best nightlife, shopping, swimming pools and The Big Top game center for kids. Snowshoe has it all."
From St. Bernard Catholic Chapel and the Pocahontas Episcopal Ministries on top of the mountain to dining options to shopping, this area has a variety of options after guests are done playing in the snow. Stores feature everything from the latest ski and snowboard equipment and outerwear to hand-carved West Virginia wood products to logwear and knick-knacks.
Snowshoe is nicknamed the "Birthplace of Rivers" for the eight rivers that flow out of Pocahontas County: the Greenbrier, Shaver's Fork of the Cheat, Tygart Valley, Williams, Cherry, Cranberry, Gauley and Elk.
Details: Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, 10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, W.Va.; 304-572-1000 or www.snowshoemtn.com
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7889.
Pocahontas County Opera House
This opera house is the county's premier performing-arts center. An intimate venue, with seating for about 250, it is part of the West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail. It has more than a dozen performances on its stage each year, ranging from bluegrass to jazz, folk to musical theater.
Ornate pressed-metal panels adorn the ceiling, and the large performance hall is accented by a balustrade of American chestnut, which wraps around three sides of the balcony. Light pours in through the building's 32 windows.
In 1991, Pocahontas County's Historic Landmarks Commission purchased the Opera House and, with support from the community, worked to transform it from an abandoned building into a beautiful performance space and center for community activities, reopening its doors and bringing performances to its stage once again in 1999.
The century-old building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It also hosts a variety of community events, from open jam sessions to family-movie …