Snowshoe Mountain opens for the summer


Snowshoe Mountain, a mountain resort in the mid-Atlantic region, begins its summer season on Memorial Day Weekend. What are the must-dos for locals and visitors alike in Snowshoe? In no particular order, here are Snowshoe’s Top 8 activities and places to see this summer.

Looking for a beach to relax on? Hop aboard the Ballhooter Lift for a scenic ride to Shavers Lake. The lakefront area features a full sandy beach with numerous lakefront activities, the Boathouse restaurant and trailheads that access Snowshoe’s expansive backcountry trail network. Families can swim, challenge one another at the Inflatable Floating Challenge Course, check out the Play Pirate Ship, or participate in a number of activities from stand-up paddleboard clinics, slacklines and guided hikes. Or take out a canoe, kayak or paddleboat for some adventure on the water. Stay for the Shindig on the Shore, a 4 course dinner of southern cuisine, served up family style on the Boathouse Deck. The beach officially opens May 27 for the summer season.

Interested in spending some time mountain biking this summer but have never tried it? Snowshoe Mountain Resort is now offering the Introduction to Mountain Biking lesson. For those new to mountain biking, or just need a refresher, the Intro to Biking course is a great place to start. Certified coaches will take groups on an hour and a half adventure and teach riders the skills they’ll need to know to build confidence in the park. For $49 a full-suspension bike, full-face helmet, knee and elbow pads and lift ticket are included for the duration of the program. Rental and lift ticket upgrades post lesson are offered based on availability. The Snowshoe Bike Park opens May 27 and will be open Thursdays – Sundays throughout the summer.

Jump into a 4-seat Polaris RZR or a brand new 1-seat ACE and experience the thrill of driving the ultimate off-road machine. Choose the driver or passenger seat and conquer the mountain as you maneuver through varying terrain throughout the backcountry of Snowshoe Mountain. The guided tour lasts an hour and a half and takes you through the wild expanses of the 11,000 acres of resort property.

Autumn Breeze Stables at Snowshoe Mountain offers guided Western Style trail riding for travelers of all ages and skill levels year round. You can saddle up for rides of 1 to 3 hours, 30-minute laps around the lake for kids 8 and under, plus buggy rides, overnights with rustic camping or a night in the Back Country Cabin. Open year round.

Experience adventure dining at Snowshoe. This one-of-a-kind experience is a unique offering at Snowshoe Mountain. What is adventure dining? It is your chance to mix off-road exploration on Polaris RZRs with an intimate and delicious dinner waiting for you at the Sunrise Backcountry Hut. The Hut, nestled nearly two miles away from the Village on the Cheat Mountain Ridge Trail, sits beneath a towering Spruce forest. The tour features remarkable scenic views, exciting terrain, and the opportunity to see areas of the mountain that few people get to see. When you arrive at the Sunrise Backcountry Hut, you’ll be treated to a meal that includes an appetizer, fresh salad, a hearty entrée served with vegetable sides, homemade dessert, and beer & wine or soft drinks – all prepared on-site by the cabin’s Hut Master.

Get outside and explore the pristine 11,000 acres of wilderness with Snowshoe’s geocache hunts. There are two courses to choose from. Choose a very family friendly course around Shavers Lake or, if you’re up for a challenge, you can try the Cheat Mountain Course, which mixes geocaching and orienteering for a unique and challenging afternoon hike. Take a scenic lift ride down to Shavers Lake Outpost to get a compass, GPS and map and head for exploration and treasure finding.

Every Saturday night from June through the end of August. Snowshoe will offer a live, free outdoor concert in the middle of the Village. Beats on the Basin is back for another summer nights’ concert series offering guests some of the region’s best performances in bluegrass, country and rock from bands including Yarn, Futurebirds, Larry Keel and Lonesome River Band, to name a few.

Parents looking for a way to entertain your kids and get some much needed R&R at the same time can look into Camp Wildcat, a 1- 3-day adventure camp for children ages 4-15. Snowshoe Mountain’s Summer Camp provides campers with fun and memorable experiences through a variety of activities including swimming, canoeing, paddle boating, mountain biking, arts & crafts and nature activities. Meanwhile, parents can take in Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park, a round of golf at the Raven Golf Club or a day at Snowshoe’s 3,600-foot spa, all while knowing their kids are in great hands. Camp Wildcat is free for any families that have booked their lodging through Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Also, returning this summer to Snowshoe is the Mountain Adventure Pass. The exclusive all-access pass to the mountain offers three back-to-back days of adventuring for nearly every activity including access to the Bike Park, Segway Tours, Sporting Clays, Shavers Lake, Split Rock Pools, RZR Tours and the Hare Racer Zipline at a single price. The Pass also includes an Introduction to Mountain Biking Lesson.