Snowshoe, West Virginia

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Snowshoe, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
the Village at Snowshoe Mountain
the Village at Snowshoe Mountain
Motto: Forever wild.
Coordinates: 38°24′35″N 80°0′51″W / 38.40972°N 80.01417°W / 38.40972; -80.01417Coordinates: 38°24′35″N 80°0′51″W / 38.40972°N 80.01417°W / 38.40972; -80.01417
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Pocahontas
Founded 1974
Elevation 4,848 ft (1,478 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 163 [1]
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 26209
Area code 304
Exchange 572
Website snowshoemtn.com

Snowshoe is an unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States, centering on the Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. It is situated in the Allegheny Mountains at a bowl shaped convergence of two high mountain ridges — Cheat and Back Allegheny Mountains — at the head of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. Snowshoe is site of the second highest point in the state and the peak elevation for Cheat Mountain, at Thorny Flat, which reaches 4,848 feet (1,478 m) above sea level.

Snowshoe has several commercial areas, with the most prominent being The Village at Snowshoe, located at the summit of the mountain (rather than at its base). While the area is still best known for winter activities, today the resort has extensive mountain biking trails, a popular golf course, wedding and convention areas, a number of summer outdoor activities, and also hosts a Grand National Cross Country racing event. About 480,000 skiers visit the area each year, primarily from West Virginia and the larger cities of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Snowshoe Mountain's large property includes several developed resort areas, a conservation area, and expansive backcountry that covers 10,950 acres (44.31 km2) in total. Ski slopes make up 244 acres (0.99 km2) of the resort, which include the Snowshoe Basin, Western Territory, and Silver Creek areas.

History[edit]

The area, then indistinct from Slatyfork, had been logged from about 1905 to 1960, after which it was abandoned. Thomas "Doc" Brigham discovered the mountain and believed it would be a good location to build a new ski resort. Brigham, a dentist from North Carolina, had previously opened the Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain ski areas. Snowshoe Mountain opened to skiing on December 13, 1974.

Climate[edit]

With a mean temperature of 28 °F (−2.2 °C) in January and 68 °F (20.0 °C) in July, Snowshoe can be considerably cooler than nearby areas at lower elevations. The average winter season is just slightly more than 130 days each year, while the spring, summer, and fall seasons typically include a series of sports, recreation, and cultural events.

The resort's altitude at almost a mile high provides for weather conditions that more closely resemble the rigorous winters of Northern New England than the milder climate of the Upland South. The massive horseshoe formed by the Cheat Mountain Range creates its own micro-climate, frequently affected by orographic lift of mid-level Great Lake moisture-laden fronts, resulting in massive snowfalls. Snowshoe averages over 13 feet of natural snow per year.

Climate data for Snowshoe, West Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 57
(14)
63
(17)
76
(24)
79
(26)
82
(28)
82
(28)
86
(30)
85
(29)
79
(26)
74
(23)
70
(21)
64
(18)
86
(30)
Average high °F (°C) 29.3
(−1.5)
32.4
(0.2)
40.6
(4.8)
51.1
(10.6)
60.6
(15.9)
67.7
(19.8)
70.7
(21.5)
70.3
(21.3)
64.0
(17.8)
53.0
(11.7)
43.5
(6.4)
33.8
(1)
51.42
(10.79)
Daily mean °F (°C) 21.4
(−5.9)
24.4
(−4.2)
32.2
(0.1)
41.9
(5.5)
51.9
(11.1)
59.7
(15.4)
63.3
(17.4)
62.7
(17.1)
56.5
(13.6)
45.1
(7.3)
35.9
(2.2)
26.2
(−3.2)
43.43
(6.37)
Average low °F (°C) 13.5
(−10.3)
16.4
(−8.7)
23.8
(−4.6)
32.8
(0.4)
43.1
(6.2)
51.6
(10.9)
55.8
(13.2)
55.2
(12.9)
48.9
(9.4)
37.1
(2.8)
28.3
(−2.1)
18.6
(−7.4)
35.43
(1.89)
Record low °F (°C) −36
(−38)
−20
(−29)
−8
(−22)
1
(−17)
19
(−7)
29
(−2)
36
(2)
33
(1)
25
(−4)
11
(−12)
−4
(−20)
−26
(−32)
−36
(−38)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.96
(151.4)
4.67
(118.6)
6.04
(153.4)
4.73
(120.1)
5.21
(132.3)
5.06
(128.5)
5.32
(135.1)
4.63
(117.6)
4.28
(108.7)
4.09
(103.9)
4.83
(122.7)
5.54
(140.7)
60.36
(1,533)
Snowfall inches (cm) 41.9
(106.4)
35.0
(88.9)
27.3
(69.3)
10.3
(26.2)
0.6
(1.5)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
3.4
(8.6)
12.6
(32)
30.0
(76.2)
161.1
(409.1)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 22 18 18 15 17 16 17 15 14 14 16 20 202
Source: Western Regional Climate Center[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snowshoe, West Virginia - Climate Summary". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 

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