Now making snow, Snowshoe posts 2019-2020 events

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Snow-making commenced on schedule Nov. 1 at Snowshoe Mountain.
Snow-making commenced on schedule Nov. 1 at Snowshoe Mountain. (Photos courtesy Snowshoe Mountain)

Snowmaking has commenced on in the mountains of eastern West Virginia, and officials at the resort complex have announced its 2019-2020 calendar of winter events.

“We were able to start making snow overnight in preparation for the upcoming ski season, which we hope to kick-off Friday, Nov. 22,” resort spokesman Shawn Cassell said Saturday morning.

First snows typically fall at Snowshoe in October.

Overnight temperatures on the mountain at more than 4,000 feet above sea level are now reliably below freezing, which means the resort will be able to open on schedule, barring unseasonable weather.

Last year the resort employed a new $4 million snowmaking system, and despite a low natural snowfall, it was able to provide more snow terrain than ever before.

Going into year-two, Cassel says “our snowmaking team has an even better handle on the new equipment,” and that should produce even better results.

Scheduled to open the weekend before Thanksgiving Week, the resort will operate in its winter mode through March 29.

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Snowshoe Events Calendar | Winter 2019/20

NOVEMBER 22 | Opening Day (weather permitting)

NOVEMBER 28 – 30 | Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration

DECEMBER 13 | Opening Day for Silver Creek & Coca-Cola Tubing Park

DECEMBER 14 | Park Jam presented by Smith

DECEMBER 14| Winter Brewfest

DECEMBER 15| WV Ski FREE Day

DECEMBER 20-January 2 |Holiday Celebration

DECEMBER 31 | New Year’s Eve Celebration

JANUARY 4-5 | Burton Women’s Snowboard Camp

JANUARY 11- 12|Burton Kid’s Snowboard Camp

JANUARY 25-26|HEAD Women’s Ski Camp

FEBRUARY 3|Cupp Run Challenge presented by Oakley

FEBRUARY 8 | Progression Session

FEBRUARY 21 | Winter Gala presented by the Snowshoe Foundation

FEBRUARY 22|Berming Man Banked Slalom presented by Oakley

MARCH 7-8| Homegrown Music Festival

MARCH 13-14|Ballhooter Spring Break Festival

MARCH 15 | Closing Day for Silver Creek & Coca-Cola Tubing Park

MARCH 21 | Snowshoe Pond Skim

MARCH 22 | WV Ski FREE Day

MARCH 28| Pass Holder Appreciation Party

MARCH 29| Last day of ski season

For more information, visit the full

Snow Guarantee

As always, Snowshoe extends its snow guarantee through the upcoming season, promising skiers more skiable terrain than any other Southeastern ski area from December 13, 2019, through March 15, 2020, or the next day of skiing is free.


November chill recalls legend of Braxton County bear hunter

“The bear suddenly came down on the hunter’s chest and as he did so, Bill caught him by the scruff of the neck.”

“People in that area say that on one occasion in November he went hunting with his muzzle-loading rifle and his dog, Bounce. After walking half the day, he reached a rocky hill on which unmistakable signs of bear could be detected. It was not long before the bear appeared, and immediately the big, black animal received a charge from Barnett’s muzzle-loader. Then the dog was upon it, and a fierce, if uneven, fight ensued.

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