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Snowshoe is the name of an unincorporated area and also a ski resort, located in the Allegheny Mountains of Pocohontas County in east-central West Virginia. The ski resort is situated in the bowl shaped convergence of two mountains, Cheat and Back Allegheny, at the head of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. Snowshoe is home to the second highest point in West Virginia and the peak elevation for Cheat Mountain at Thorny Flat reaches 4,848 feet above sea level. The Village at Snowshoe is located at the summit of the mountain, rather than at the base, as is typical of many ski resorts. Snowshoe Mountain is the name of the resort - not the name of the mountain. The resort covers 244 acres and although it's best known for its' wintertime activities, it also has extensive mountain biking trails, a golf course and horseback riding trails. The spring, summer and fall seasons offer opportunities for sports, recreation and cultural events. Approximately 480,000 visitors come to Snowshoe each year, mostly from West Virginia, but also from the larger cities of the Mid-Atlantic. There are also 1,400 condominium and lodge hotel units located at Snowshoe, most of which are independently owned but managed by the resort.

Surrounding areas: Slatyfork, West Virginia (3.5 mi), Cass, West Virginia (4.0 mi), Marlinton, West Virginia (15.2 mi), Hillsboro, West Virginia (23.6 mi), Rough Run, West Virginia (25.5 mi), Elkins, West Virginia (35.3 mi)

Snowshoe Vacation Rentals

Snowshoe Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Spruce LodgeSnowshoe DrSnowshoe, WV (304) 572-2900
The Inn At SnowshoeSnowshoe, WV (304) 572-1000
Timberline LodgeSnowshoe DrSnowshoe, WV (304) 572-2900
Whistle Punk Village & InnSnowshoe, WV (304) 572-1000
Marlinton Motor InnRt 219 NMarlinton, WV15.2 mi.(304) 799-4711
The Inn At Mountain QuestRR 2 Box 109Marlinton, WV15.2 mi.(304) 799-7267
Highland InnMain StMonterey, VA21.6 mi.(540) 468-2143
Valley View MotelMillcreek, WV21.6 mi.(304) 335-6226

Snowshoe Weather & Climate

Northeastern West Virginia has a four-season, mountainous climate. Due to its high elevation, this region has a somewhat cooler, moister climate than surrounding areas at lower altitudes. Summers are mild and humid with high temperatures ranging from the 60s to low 70s F. Summer low temperatures average 50-55 F, although temperatures below freezing have been recorded in every month of the year. The elevation and geographic location allows it to receive significant upslope snow, particularly during prolonged periods of northwesterly winds coming off the Great Lakes. Located along the spine of the central Appalachian Mountains, this region is often near the southwestern extreme of Nor'easters, getting significant snowfall from strong, Atlantic moisture-laden, easterly winds. Annual snowfall averages 160 inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 29°F 13°F 6.10 in. -
February 32°F 16°F 4.91 in. -
March 40°F 23°F 5.92 in. -
April 50°F 32°F 4.38 in. -
May 60°F 44°F 4.91 in. -
June 67°F 52°F 5.14 in. -
July 71°F 56°F 5.26 in. -
August 70°F 56°F 4.69 in. -
September 64°F 50°F 4.06 in. -
October 53°F 38°F 3.90 in. -
November 42°F 28°F 4.72 in. -
December 34°F 19°F 5.66 in. -

Snowshoe Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located about 45 miles southwest of Snowshoe in Lewisburg, West Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley Regional airport (SHD) located approximately 59 miles east of Snowshoe in Staunton / Waynesboro / Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Harrison Marion Regional airport (CKB) located roughly 61 miles north of Snowshoe in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and finally Roanoke Regional Woodrum Field (ROA) located around 75 miles south of Snowshoe in Roanoke, Virginia.

Snowshoe Attractions

Golf Courses
Pocahontas Country ClubMarlintonWV15.3 mi.
Mountain View Golf CourseWebster SpringsWV23.5 mi.
Ski Areas
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA30.4 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA60.1 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA69.4 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA69.5 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV84.2 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD85.3 mi.
State Parks
Cass Scenic Railroad State ParkWV3.4 mi. 
Watoga State ParkWV24.2 mi. 
Holly River State ParkWV25.0 mi. 
Droop Mountain Battlefield State ParkWV26.8 mi. 
Beartown State ParkWV30.2 mi. 
Douthat State ParkVA38.1 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA79.7 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA102.2 mi.

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