Opening day set for Snowshoe

SNOWSHOE — Ski fans can finally rejoice, as opening day at Snowshoe Mountain Resort is just around the corner. The popular winter destination is scheduled to kick off a full season of activities beginning Nov. 22.

“This is always one of the most exciting times of the year for us here on the mountain,” Snowshoe Mountain spokesperson Shawn Cassell said. “With ski season right around the corner it’s great to see the snowguns up and running, and getting an early start on a good base for us. If you haven’t planned your ski trip yet, it’s officially time to get started.”

Snowshoe received its first measurable snowfall of the season on Oct. 30, with just over an inch dusting the ground overnight. Cold temperatures have also allowed the resort to begin making snow in preparation for ski season. The resort plans to open for skiing on Nov. 22, weather permitting.

Along with opening day, Snowshoe has also announced some new attractions and restaurants, as well as their schedule of events for the upcoming ski season. Notable attractions include a variety of artists for the resort’s Beats On The Basin Concert Series, along with dates for the Winter Brewfest, Cupp Run Challenge, Ballhooter Spring Break Festival and other activities that run until the resort closes in April.

Cassell said the resort spent the summer months working on a wide variety of improvement projects. Among them, 1,000’s of feet of air and water lines were replaced, which will increase snowmaking efficiency, allowing the resort to open terrain more quickly and keep it maintained. Several new high-efficiency snowguns have been added in critical locations like Heisler Way, Whiffletree and Shay’s Revenge. The Resort has also widened several ski trail intersections, put up new trail signage, increased ski in/ski-out access for the Shamrock and Black Bear Crossing neighborhoods and added a new high-powered grooming machine to their fleet.

“The work we’ve done this summer has been aimed at improving the ski experience for our guests” said Ken Gaitor, Snowshoe’s head of ski operations. “We’re really focused on maximizing efficiency with our snowmaking operations this season. There are several innovative, low-energy/high-performance snowguns we’ve added to the mix as a bit of a test drive. We hope to unveil a significant snowmaking expansion in the near future, so seeing how these various guns perform this winter will help us make good decisions on the more widespread upgrades that are coming.”

Another exciting attraction this winter is the Woods Escape Room Tour. Participants ride in one of Snowshoe’s four-seat, enclosed and heated Polaris RZRs and head into the back country to see areas of the mountain that few guests experience. The tour will go to the resort’s Cabin in The Woods Escape Room where participants will enjoy a gourmet meal before trying to “escape” by solving a series of riddles and puzzles.

For more information on Snowshoe Mountain Resort, call 877-441-4386 or visit www.snowshoemtn.com.

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