Snowshoe Mountain has an elevation of 4,848 feet. Spring and summer temperatures range from nightly lows of 44 degrees to daily highs of 71 degrees. It is home to the Raven Golf Club where players can enjoy 18 holes of PGA Championship golf. The course, designed by Gary Player, received 4.5 stars from Golf Digest.
Mountain activities include guided horseback rides, orienteering challenges, Polaris RZR and ACE tours, and scenic chairlift rides. Outdoor lovers can also enjoy canoeing, fishing and pedal boating on Shavers Lake. Snow lovers come here during the winter to enjoy the Snowshoe Basin, Silver Creek and Western Territory regions.
The Snowshoe Basin area comprises 38 trails and is one of the most diverse areas because it appeals to all skill levels. Beginners can test the waters on the easy terrain of the Flume Trail system, intermediates can cruise the slopes on Gandy Dancer and Skipjack, and experts will enjoy showing off their skills on bomber runs like Choker, Widow Maker and Knot Bumper.
Characteristics of the Snowshoe Basin include an 800-foot vertical drop, seven lifts, and a semi-automated system that’s capable of making snow when temperatures are marginal. Food and drinks are available at the Boathouse.
Popular with locals and employees because of night skiing, the Silver Creek area houses Kid’s World, Coca-Cola Tube Park and three freestyle terrain areas. The Silver Creek area is a hidden gem for beginners and experts alike because skiers will find easy slopes and challenging level trails. From the 18 trails available, 12 are open for night skiing. The area has six lifts and 100 percent snow-making capability. Food and drinks are served at the Black Run Sugar Shack.
With 1,500 feet of vertical drop, the Western Territory area has the most advanced terrain in the Snowshoe Mountains. It features a Western Express high-speed, detachable quad lift. Thrill seekers love this region because Shay’s Revenge and Cupp Run make for the most exhilarating challenges. The former has 52 percent steeps, and the latter was designed by Olympic skier Jean-Claude Killy. Food and drinks are available at the Arbuckles Cabin.